Expanded State-Of-The-Art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Opens At Ochsner Hospital For Children

Ochsner Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) expansion

NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Hospital for Children, a children’s hospital within Ochsner Medical Center – Jefferson Highway, celebrated a milestone with the expansion of its Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and establishment of a Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. This specialized unit cares for patients between the ages of birth through 18 years. Some children require care for a short time, while others may remain in there for many weeks.

         Construction began in March of this year; nearly one year after CN Miracle Match selected Ochsner Hospital for Children as the sole U.S. beneficiary of the 2015 CN Miracle Match campaign, a charitable initiative to rally communities to support children’s hospitals in North America.

         CN pledged to match up to $300,000 in donations to help expand the PICU at Ochsner Hospital for Children. On March 9, CN and Ochsner celebrated a successful campaign and CN presented a $300,000 check at a gathering of community donors and pediatric caregivers at Ochsner. Over 600 donors supported the campaign for the PICU expansion raising a total of more than $625,000.

         With more than 7,000 additional square footage, the expanded PICU now offers critical cardiac services and will nearly double capacity from 14 beds to 26 beds, offering Level 1 care – the highest level available – to our sickest patients. The new space also provides private space for patients and their families complete with calming ocean illustrations above each bed and access to an outside balcony.

         “The expanded PICU allows us to care for even more children with highly complex medical conditions across the Gulf South Region,” said Dr. William Lennarz MD, MMM, FAAP, FAAEM, System Chair of Pediatrics, Associate Medical Director, Ochsner Health System. “We are extremely grateful to CN and all of the donors who contributed to this campaign and continue to support our commitment in providing access to high quality care for our pediatric patients.” 

         Ochsner Hospital for Children is only the second U.S. institution to be selected since the CN Miracle Match program began in 2006.

Ochsner Hospital for Children cares for patients from around the world with everything from rare brain tumors and leukemia to heart conditions and is the only pediatric liver transplant in the state—serving over 80,000 children across Louisiana every year with 120+ physicians specializing in 30 pediatric specialties and sub-specialties.

         Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 28 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 60 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across three specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 17,000 employees and over 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 1,000 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment.

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