5 Things Moms Should Know about What’s Happening at Children’s Hospital New Orleans

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Children’s Hospital New Orleans and was written by Amanda Jackson, MD, Vice President, Ambulatory Services.

5 Things Moms Should Know about What’s Happening at Children’s Hospital New Orleans

1) Campus Expansion Project

We’re transforming pediatric healthcare in Louisianawith a $300 million campus expansion project currently underway. It is an unprecedented time at Children’s Hospital as we build our future with an inspired vision and campus transformation that will poise New Orleans to become a national leader in the specialized healthcare of kids.

As we approach the halfway point in our campus transformation project in August, it’s amazing to see our new health campus coming to life. Children’s Hospital’s transformed campus will include 235,000 square feet of new clinical care space, enabling the expansion of our signature service lines – cardiac intensive care, cancer care, surgery and peri operative services, emergency and trauma care, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, and behavioral health.

2) Patient and Family First

Patient and family experience is a top priority. Our campus transformation will also enhance the patient and family experience by providing more private patient rooms, upgraded critical care, family overnight accommodations on a park-like campus, and an enhanced Child Life Center featuring play spaces and family support services.

With phase one of our transformation now complete, we’ve opening a new 600-car parking garage and skybridge that connect to our light-filled Lauricella Pavilion, a welcoming, kid-friendly registration point for all outpatient clinics. In October 2018, we also opened the Hogs for the Cause Family Center, on campus accommodations for families in need, featuring 12 family suites, 2 family lounges, kitchen spaces and laundry.

3) Healthcare with Heart

It’s what we’re all about! This Spring, we launched new brands across the LCMC Health system. We invite you to get to know us and experience the “little extras” that make our health system and people so extraordinary.

LCMC Health is a New Orleans-based, non-profit health system on a mission to provide the best possible care for every person and parish in Louisiana and beyond, and to put a little more heart and soul into healthcare along the way. And that means we do things a little differently!  Treating people like family is the LCMC Health way, and it always has been. Founded by Children’s Hospital, LCMC Health has grown into a healthcare system that’s built to serve the unique needs of our communities and families.

4) Close to Home

There’s a Children’s Hospital Pediatrician near you! On healthy days and sick days – and for any health needs in between – the pediatricians at Children’s Hospital are here for you and your family. With locations throughout Southeast Louisiana, our providers are here to hold your hand every step of the way.  By choosing a Children’s Hospital pediatrician, you have access to Louisiana’s top pediatric specialists within one family. As the health experts for kids, we’re proud to provide comprehensive pediatric care for your child from birth through adolescence. Find a Children’s Hospital pediatrician close to home by visiting our website.

5) Virtual Care

Our Virtual Care program is a leading program for children’s hospitals.

Virtual Care connects pediatric patients across the state to our robust network of Primary Care providers and our highly trained pediatric specialists and subspecialists all through a secure video connection. This technologyenhances the quality of care and the patient’s experience while maintaining an accessible and lasting personal relationship with the Children’s Hospital pediatric healthcare team.

Currently, we have 14 specialties providing online visits with Children’s Hospital providers, as well as urgent care virtual visits from 8 am to 10 pm. These urgent care visits are scheduled with a Children’s Hospital pediatrician that patients can also visit at the River Ridge clinic or Metairie After Hours clinic if additional care is needed.

About the Author

Amanda Jackson, MD, FAAP, FABPM serves as Vice President of Ambulatory Services at Children’s Hospital New Orleans, overseeing operations of the hospital’s primary care and specialty clinics. A New Orleans native, Dr. Jackson earned her medical degree from LSU Health New Orleans and completed her pediatric residency training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia where she was named Chief Resident. Dr. Jackson is a board-certified pediatrician and has practiced for over a decade in the New Orleans area. Dr. Jackson is also board certified in Medical Informatics, leading multiple successful hospital adoptions and optimizations of an electronic medical record.

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