July 5, 2022

Ochsner Health announced it has joined a new coalition of diverse stakeholders to address drug shortages in the United States. The End Drug Shortages Alliance provides a forum for key stakeholders to take strategic aim at one of healthcare’s more pressing and enduring issues, drug shortages that disrupt patient care.

July 5, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has received reports of West Nile virus present in more than 175 mosquito pools this year, a number much higher than last year at this time, when 13 pools tested positive.

The high number of positive cases in the pool samples means there is a greater risk of West Nile virus spreading to humans, though no human cases of West Nile virus have been reported this year so far. The Office of Public health is urging the public to take protective measures against mosquito bites.

July 5, 2022

Summer is often a time to kick back and relax, but Louisiana Healthcare Connections wants to remind those living with diabetes that it’s not a time to get out of your routine for managing diabetes. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people living with diabetes get dehydrated more quickly, and extreme heat can change how your body uses insulin, so checking sugar levels more often is important.

June 28, 2022

All Louisiana children ages six months and up are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) accepting the recommendation of its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization of the three-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the two-dose Moderna vaccine. 

June 28, 2022

St. Tammany Health System has once more received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades. The recognition places the health system in the top five percent of U.S. hospitals for patient experience.

This 2022 award also marks the 14th consecutive year the health system has earned the honor, dating to 2009.