St. Tammany Health System is an independent service district in a clinically integrated partnership with Ochsner Health System. Together, the two organizations focus on aligning their healthcare offerings to best serve patients and families in west St. Tammany and surrounding areas. Under their agreement, the two organizations retain their autonomy; neither partner manages nor owns the other.
When STHS and Ochsner announced a business partnership in 2014, leaders of both organizations promised patients, employees, physicians and the community high quality and safety, growing services in west St. Tammany, collaborating to build on collective strengths and adding expertise where gaps existed. Each year since has proven that collaboration for our community has been the best way forward in today's healthcare environment.
When others reduced services and staff, STHS and Ochsner increased services, staff and quality.
An initial promise was to increase patient access to subspecialty care. As service district population continues to grow, so does STHS. The physical plant was expanded, and the services available are at a higher level of care through the Ochsner partnership. Added subspecialties include three of the hardest to recruit: pediatrics, neurology and neurosurgery.
The neurosciences may be our best example of the power of partnership. Because Ochsner committed to bring talented neurologists and neurosurgeons, we established a neurosciences care team, renovated 4South and an operating room. We purchased Synaptive Bright Matter and Modus V, enabling the neurosurgeons to perform highly complex brain surgeries that may formerly have been referred far from home. The number of neurosurgeries we have been able to perform at STHS grew 208 percent over the first four years of partnership.
STHS recruited a pediatric orthopedist to its Bone & Joint Clinic, which coupled with the array of pediatric subspecialists available through partnership in the Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic delivers the broadest spectrum of pediatric subspecialty care in the parish.
With Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, the partners expanded services at St. Tammany Cancer Center, delivering a comprehensive cancer center utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, increased ac
cess to clinical care in the largest and highest quality patient care space dedicated to cancer.
STHS and Ochsner are reducing costs, improving technology and serving more patients each year. Together, STHS and Ochsner employ more colleagues than ever before and continue to keep care local, affordable and close to home.