North Oaks Health System announces plans to expand

HAMMOND, La., Sept. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — North Oaks Health System and Children’s Hospital New Orleans announced this week that they are expanding child and family health services in the community of Tangipahoa and the Northshore region, with the Vision to do improve both pediatric care and health outcomes.

The clinical affiliation builds on existing services offered today by Children’s Hospital New Orleans at North Oaks Medical Center, including neonatology, pediatric hospital care and pediatric cardiology. In the new affiliation agreement, the organizations will explore opportunities for the Children’s Hospital to provide additional pediatric services in North Oaks and bring specialized child care closer to the home for families.

“We believe that by working with Children’s Hospital New Orleans we can fulfill our mission to improve the lives of Northshore children every time with every touch. We intend to build on our existing relationship and enhance our pediatric service line through the addition of pediatric subspecialists and the development of new pediatric services at North Oaks Medical Center and the surrounding communities over multiple phases,” affirmed Michele Kidd Sutton, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Oaks Health System. “We are honored that Children’s Hospital New Orleans believes in the quality of care provided by the North Oaks team of providers and staff, and that they are redoubling their commitment to partnering with North Oaks in bringing a healthy life to the children of Louisiana to offer future. We look forward to working together to develop improved community access and support better health outcomes for our children.”

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

“As a premier provider of pediatric healthcare in Louisiana, Children’s Hospital is proud to partner with North Oaks to improve the health and well-being of children with a high standard of care,” said John R. Nickens IV, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital New Orleans. “Our growing sense of belonging strengthens our collective ability to provide children with a healthier future.”

Children’s Hospital will continue to staff the pediatric hospital service at North Oaks Medical Center to support a pediatric acute care unit and neonatal screening, as well as neonatology and other sub-specialty services in support of the NICU.

North Oaks has one of the most advanced healthcare systems in the region. Located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the organization includes a 330-bed acute care hospital, a Level II trauma center, a primary stroke center, a 27-bed medical rehabilitation hospital, a freestanding surgical center, two diagnostic centers, and the most comprehensive multidisciplinary facility in the area.

As Louisiana’s premier independent children’s hospital, Children’s Hospital New Orleans has been providing expert pediatric healthcare throughout Louisiana and the Gulf of South for more than 65 years. With a recently completed $300 million transformation of its main New Orleans campus, Children’s Hospital offers the highest level of pediatric care in the state, supported by more than 600 pediatric-trained providers and partnerships with LSU Health New Orleans and Tulane University School of medicine. The Children’s Hospital also operates outpatient clinics throughout Louisiana and the Gulf South, including 12 primary care clinics and nine specialty clinics from Lake Charles to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

“Our affiliation with the North Oaks Health System represents the unwavering commitment of Children’s Hospital and LCMC Health to improving the health of the next generation,” said Greg Feirn, Chief Executive Officer of LCMC Health. “By working together to bring more specialized children’s health services to the community, we will improve the quality and delivery of care to children in Tangipahoa and the surrounding communities.”

Planning work between the organizations will continue in the coming months. Children’s Hospital and North Oaks look forward to working together on this initiative to improve health outcomes for the children and families of the Northshore region.


About New Orleans Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital is a 257-bed not-for-profit academic pediatric medical center offering comprehensive healthcare services including over 40 pediatric specialties provided only to children. With more than 600 pediatric providers, Children’s offers a full spectrum of pediatric healthcare services throughout Louisiana and the southern Gulf. In addition to its main campus in New Orleans, the hospital operates a network of specialty clinics throughout Louisiana, including in Covington, Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Lafayette and Bay St. Louis, MS. Children’s provides primary care services at 12 convenient locations and remotely through its Virtual Care for Kids program. Children’s is a proud member of LCMC Health, a Louisiana-based nonprofit hospital system that also includes New Orleans East Hospital, Touro, University Medical Center New Orleans, West Jefferson Medical Center and East Jefferson General Hospital. Learn more at

About the North Oaks Health System

Located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, North Oaks Health System is one of Louisiana’s most progressive community hospital organizations. Founded in 1960, North Oaks is dedicated to making life better, every time, with every touch. Facilities in the communities of Tangipahoa and Livingston include an acute care hospital that serves the area as a Level II trauma center, a rehabilitation hospital, two outpatient diagnosis and treatment centers, an outpatient surgery center, two outpatient rehabilitation clinics, a hospice agency, and a growing physician group for the Basic and special care. Learn more at

  • North Oaks Health System Board of Commissioners with CEOs from North Oaks, Children’s Hospital New Orleans and LCMC Health

  • Leadership teams from North Oaks Health System, New Orleans Children’s Hospital and LCMC Health


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