New Orleans East Hospital Brings Healthcare Home
After Hurricane Katrina’s devastation in New Orleans East, the Ninth Ward and Gentilly, there were nearly 80,000 residents living up to 30 minutes away from an emergency room and full-service hospital.
This was a matter of life or death.
Residents made their voices heard, and the New Orleans East Hospital (NOEH) opened in summer 2014, bringing a full-service, 80-bed hospital to East New Orleans for the first time since 2005. Managed by LCMC Health, in partnership with the City of New Orleans and Orleans Parish Hospital Service District A, NOEH is committed to providing superior, quality healthcare and educational empowerment to the community, and serves as a community and economic anchor as East New Orleans is revitalized.
“A community becomes stable when it has good health care and NOEH brings quality healthcare, close to home,” said Dr. Takeisha Davis, President, and CEO of the hospital. “We’ve grown so much over the last two years. Since opening, we have increased the number and types of services that are provided to the community.”
With a steady increase in utilization, NOEH is equipped to handle a variety of emergency care needs, along with other critical services that serve the community. The state of the art medical facility provides cardiovascular services; general medicine; general surgery; neurology services; nephrology services; orthopedics; sports medicine; mammography and women’s health services. NOEH also houses a Sleep Center and provides rehabilitation services that include physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and cardiac rehab.
The hospital has worked diligently to join all major insurance provider networks and establish relationships with key physicians in the city, which gives patients access to specialized programs, such as the Open Access Colonoscopy Program and Sports Medicine Program. Open access is ideal for healthy patients who require routine colonoscopies and who have no serious medical conditions.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death in both men and women, and it’s so important to be proactive in early detection of this disease.
“Like the Open Access Colonoscopy Program, the Sports Medicine Program is prevention focused and actively works to engage coaches, staff, parents and students so they will better recognize sports-related injuries and how to prevent them,” said Davis.
While the hospital seeks to provide superior quality healthcare, it also has a mission to educate and empower the community. As hospitals nationwide shift to a value-base business model, emphasizing quality performance measures and population health, Davis says NOEH is developing services that not only care for people when they are sick but helps to keep them well.
“We want patients and members of the community to have an understanding of their healthcare needs to access activities and programs that will most benefit them,” said Davis. “Healthy eating, regular and appropriate amounts of exercise and information on your own health is vital to each person’s quality of life.”
NOEH offers seminars to educate patients and the community on how to take better care of their bodies and become an advocate for their own healthcare. This year, the hospital hosted seminars on maternal and child health, stroke care, and cardiac care, as well as a Diabetes Wellness Fest and the inaugural National African American Male Wellness Walk.
In 2016, NOEH reached another milestone when it became a confirmed Louisiana Emergency Response Network Level Three Stroke Center. The hospital is also working towards establishing Centers of Excellence in Stroke Care, Diabetes, and Sports Medicine.
In addition to these programs, NOEH plans to increase community access to necessary medical services. The hospital is looking to open the much-anticipated new multi-facility clinic in the coming Spring.
“The services and initiatives available at NOEH lays the foundation for us to continue to be a strong community partner. We look forward to building a healthier community and serving as an active partner in the revitalization of Eastern New Orleans,” Davis said.