Children’s Hospital NO, Willis-Knighton Health System, Tulane University School of Medicine Collaborate to Advance Pediatric Healthcare in NW LA

Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Willis-Knighton Health System, and Tulane University School of Medicine announced a new partnership that will enhance pediatric academic medicine and improve access to care for patients and families in the Greater Shreveport-Bossier area.

Willis-Knighton is the largest healthcare provider in northwest Louisiana.

“Creating regional affiliations enhances our ability to deliver high quality care to children across Louisiana,” says John R. Nickens IV, president and chief executive officer at Children’s Hospital New Orleans.  “Pediatric specialists in Shreveport and New Orleans will collaborate on clinical pathways and care protocols to help ensure one high standard of care is delivered across the state. This is what Extraordinary Together for the children of Louisiana is all about.”

“This new partnership with Children’s Hospital New Orleans and Tulane enhances our ability to deliver high quality pediatric healthcare services to children as the leading healthcare provider in northwest Louisiana,” says James K. Elrod, president and chief executive officer at Willis-Knighton Health System. “We’re offering new medical education opportunities and Shreveport-Bossier families will now have better access to Children’s Hospital New Orleans’ pediatric-trained sub-specialists through virtual care platforms.” 

“Willis-Knighton-affiliated pediatric providers will now be able to participate in the robust academic activities available through Tulane and Children’s Hospital New Orleans,” says Samir El-Dahr, MD, chair of pediatrics at Tulane University School of Medicine. “The pediatric training and teaching programs led by Joseph A. Bocchini, Jr., MD, in Shreveport will further support our shared goal to deliver comprehensive, cutting-edge care while training the next generation of pediatric physicians.”

Children’s Hospital New Orleans has experienced significant growth in the last year, including the incorporation of Tulane University School of Medicine to an already vibrant academic community Children’s enjoys in partnership with LSU Health New Orleans. Children’s Hospital and Tulane University School of Medicine now collaborate on clinical, academic, and research activities to advance health outcomes for children.