Three years after establishing a presence in St. John the Baptist Parish when it acquired River Parishes Hospital, Ochsner Health System opened the doors Tuesday on a new 20,000-square-foot medical complex near Tiffany Drive and Airline Highway in LaPlace.
The Ochsner Medical Complex — River Parishes includes a 13-bed medical facility that offers emergency and primary care and laboratory and radiology services.
"This facility allows Ochsner to provide the most up-to-date, high-quality care in a modern facility that provides convenient access and is fully equipped to meet the health care needs of the residents of this region," said Stephen Robinson, CEO of Ochsner Medical Center — Kenner.
The $12 million facility also offers a range of diagnostic imaging services, including ultrasounds, bone density scans and mammograms, as well as digital X-ray machines that provide faster and better-quality images, Ochsner said.
Additionally, the facility is equipped with Ochsner’s Telestroke Program, which allows on-site hospital staff to quickly consult with Ochsner vascular neurologists to help determine the best course of treatment for stroke patients, who are often require immediate treatment.
“The opening of this new medical complex is a great benefit to our current parish residents, as well as those individuals and businesses considering making St. John the Baptist Parish their home,” said St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom.
Ochsner acquired the then-underused LaPlace facility from LifePoint Hospitals in late 2014.
Last year, Ochsner, the state’s biggest nonprofit health care company, agreed to partner with Tennessee-based Acadia Healthcare Co. to convert the old hospital into an 82-bed inpatient behavioral health facility. That facility is expected to open in next year.