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Hospital Medicine

Hospital medicine care at Ochsner Health

The hospital is a complex environment. Ochsner hospital medicine specialists help navigate your hospitalization. Whether you’re admitted after a scheduled surgery or receiving emergency care, you can count on a multidisciplinary team, led by hospitalists and nurse practitioners, to manage your care. They provide care throughout your stay in the hospital, and they make sure you get follow-up care with a primary care doctor or specialist in Louisiana or Mississippi once you return home.

Hospitalists are doctors with a focused practice in hospital medicine. Ochsner hospitalists are board-certified or board-eligible, and the majority are trained as family medicine or internal medicine doctors. Unlike other family medicine and internists practicing in private offices, hospitalists don’t provide outpatient care. They specialize in caring for hospitalized patients and only work in hospital settings. That’s why they’re known as hospital medicine specialists.

Because hospitalists focus only on hospital-based medicine, they have a holistic understanding of hospital systems and a wide understanding of health needs. This allows them to care for any and all health issues that may send you to the hospital.

As your main hospital caregivers, hospitalists coordinate your care throughout your stay. They note your treatment and status updates in Ochsner's electronic medical record system to ensure your specialists and primary care doctor know which treatments you receive in the hospital. This keeps your entire care team informed, preventing dangerous medication interactions, unnecessary treatments, repeated tests and more.

Once you get discharged, your primary care doctor takes over. If your doctor has questions about your hospital care, a patient care advocate is ready and available to talk.

    Hospitalists can address your needs, regardless of why you are in the hospital. A hospitalist acts as your main doctor and will work with other doctors to deliver the care you need. From gastrointestinal issues to heart attack and stroke or traumatic injuries such as broken bones and concussions, hospitalists can coordinate care for all.

    Hospitalists aren’t the only hospital medicine experts at Ochsner. Like hospitalists, hospital medicine nurse practitioners specialize in hospital-based care. Trained to diagnose and treat an array of conditions, they work with your hospitalist and the rest of your care team to deliver the care you need throughout your hospital stay.

Hospital medicine experts help make your hospital stay as beneficial as possible. They have great relationships with neurologists, cardiologists and other specialists. Additionally, they have access to every support program offered at your Ochsner facility. When one of the available support services could help you, your hospitalist connects you to it.

When you need financial help, social support, physical therapy or something else, your hospitalist will point you in the right direction.

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Hospital Medicine

Hospital Medicine Locations

Ochsner American Legion Hospital
1634 Elton Road
Jennings, LA 70546
  • : 4:21 p.m.-4:21 p.m.
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Acadia General Hospital
1305 Crowley Rayne Highway
Crowley, LA 70526
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner St. Martin Hospital
210 Champagne Blvd.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital
1310 West 7th St.
Kaplan, LA 70548
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner LSU Health - Monroe Medical Center
4864 Jackson St.
Monroe, LA 71202
  • Open 24/7
Slidell Memorial Hospital East
100 Medical Center Drive
Slidell, LA 70461
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge
17000 Medical Center Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner
180 West Esplanade Ave.
Kenner, LA 70065
  • Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.