Children’s Hospital NO, North Oaks Health System Expand Healthcare Services

North Oaks Health System and Children’s Hospital New Orleans announced this week that they are expanding healthcare services for children and families across Tangipahoa Parish and the Northshore Region, with the vision to improve both access to pediatric services and health outcomes.

The clinical affiliation builds upon existing services, which are provided by Children’s Hospital New Orleans at North Oaks Medical Center today, which include neonatology, pediatric hospitalist coverage and pediatric cardiology services. In the new affiliation agreement, the organizations will explore opportunities for Children’s Hospital to provide additional pediatric services at North Oaks, bringing specialized care for children closer to home for families.

“By collaborating with Children’s Hospital New Orleans, we believe we can fulfill our mission of improving lives, every time, with each touch for children of the Northshore. We intend to build upon our existing relationship and enhance our pediatric service line through the addition of pediatric subspecialists and development of new pediatric services at North Oaks Medical Center and in the surrounding communities across multiple phases,” said Michele Kidd Sutton, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of North Oaks Health System. “We are honored that Children’s Hospital New Orleans believes in the quality of care the North Oaks team of providers and staff provides and that they are doubling down on their commitment to provide a healthy future for Louisiana’s children with North Oaks as a partner. We look forward to working together to develop improved access for the community and support better health outcomes for our children.”

Children’s Hospital New Orleans will provide professional medical services and oversight of the pediatric service line at North Oaks, with ongoing clinical collaboration.

John R. Nickens IV, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital New Orleans, said, “Our growing affiliation enhances our shared ability to deliver a healthier future for children.”

Children’s Hospital will continue to staff the pediatric hospitalist service at North Oaks Medical Center to support a pediatric acute care unit and newborn examinations, along with Neonatology and other sub-specialty services to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“Our affiliation with North Oaks Health System represents Children’s Hospital and LCMC Health’s resolute commitment to improve the health of the next generation,” said Greg Feirn, chief executive officer of LCMC Health. “By working together to bring more specialized health services for kids to the community, we will enhance the quality and delivery of care for children in Tangipahoa and surrounding parishes.”

Planning work between the organizations will continue over the coming months.