Two of Louisiana’s leading healthcare organizations with strong reputations for delivering high quality care are coming together to enhance healthcare services for women in Greater Baton Rouge and throughout Louisiana with a focus on improved outcomes, leading technology and enhanced innovation. Louisiana Women’s Healthcare (LWH) has signed a definitive agreement to become part of Ochsner Health (Ochsner), paving the way for enhanced digital offerings and greater convenience for the 70,000 women LWH cares for each year in the Greater Baton Rouge region.
“As we have worked through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve recognized the importance of collaborating with organizations that have similar missions to deliver the best in high quality care to patients. Our patients today, more than ever, want to experience the latest in telehealth offerings and digital medicine tools. Our patients want online scheduling, telehealth appointments and ease of access to their medical records, and we want to meet and exceed those expectations,” said O’Neil “Jay” Parenton, M.D., LWH physician and finance chair. “Working with Ochsner will allow us to provide these important services to our patients on their nationally recognized electronic health record system. Ochsner’s innovative approaches also strengthen the work we are doing to ensure the health and well-being of the women in the communities we serve.”
LWH is the largest private practice dedicated to women’s healthcare in Louisiana, delivering more than 5,000 babies and conducting over 150,000 in-person patient visits in 2020. A part of Ochsner Health, LWH patients will continue to receive the same high quality care they have come to know and expect from their trusted LWH physician, and all deliveries, surgeries and patient appointments will continue on the campus of Woman’s Hospital.
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“LWH and Ochsner share core values and a common philosophy,” said Kim Sangari, who will continue in her role as LWH CEO. “We now have a new work family who shares our passion for serving women. It is beneficial to both organizations, as we’ll be able to easily share resources as we navigate through challenges and opportunities together.”
Partnering with Ochsner, LWH will be better positioned for the future as it implements the telehealth and digital medicine tools that patients seek in today’s healthcare environment. An immediate benefit for both patients and physicians will be the implementation of Ochsner’s electronic health record platform, Epic, a nationally recognized electronic health record system. LWH patients will be able to use the patient portal, MyOchsner, to easily schedule appointments, communicate with their doctors, request prescription refills and view visit summaries, lab and imaging results from their laptop, tablet or smart phone. In 2020, Ochsner Health conducted 326,000 telehealth visits and patients scheduled more than 600,000 appointments online. LWH will soon begin transitioning to Epic, and patients should have access to MyChart by fall 2021.