“We are excited to work with Louisiana Women’s Healthcare, an organization with outstanding physicians and a strong reputation of caring for women in greater Baton Rouge. Together, we will be able to grow, expand access to coordinated care and bring even greater value to patients,” said Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health. “Our missions are aligned to improve the health and lives of women in the Baton Rouge community and across the entire state of Louisiana. This partnership is another example of Ochsner’s growth, investment and commitment to the people of Baton Rouge.”
Enhancing access and improving health outcomes for women in Louisiana is a priority for both organizations. In November 2020, Ochsner Health announced its long-term vision to improve the overall health of the state and move to 40th nationally by 2030 in health rankings with a comprehensive strategy to enhance healthcare access, improve health equity and health outcomes.
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“While there are many reasons for this partnership, the most important is that we will be better together. Ochsner’s vision to improve our state’s health rankings is valuable to the women of Louisiana, and we share this commitment to change,” said Michael Perniciaro, M.D., LWH President and Chairman-elect. “Our physicians will begin working together with Ochsner to create better outcomes statewide.”
One example of the digital health programs LWH will be able to offer is Ochsner’s Connected Maternity Online Monitoring program, known as Connected MOM. This service helps expectant mothers manage their pregnancy from the comfort of their own home. Patients can use their smartphone to easily send their weight and blood pressure readings in real-time to their OB care team. By staying connected virtually, this gives a mother-to-be’s care team the ability to recognize trends or issues earlier and ensures connected and ongoing prenatal care. The program also ensures that moms have connected and ongoing prenatal care. Ochsner has welcomed nearly 3,000 babies since the program launched, with 950 currently enrolled.
“We are excited to welcome the physicians of LWH to the Ochsner family. Together, we’ll be able to expand and enhance telehealth capabilities and other services to the women of greater Baton Rouge and throughout the state,” said Jody Morris, M.D., Women’s Services System Co-Chair, Ochsner Health. “We will also work closely with LWH physicians to help patients establish more connections to primary and specialty care, so they are able to benefit from a more seamless patient experience, no matter their healthcare needs.”