Last month Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport announced plans to move its Women’s & Children’s inpatient services, currently located on Kings Highway, to its St. Mary Medical Center at 915 Margaret Place, in order to create space for its ICU expansion of more than 100 additional beds.
The new Women’s & Children’s location will be complete tomorrow when Ochsner LSU Health moves approximately 45 patients to its new hospital. Working with Balentine Ambulance, the Shreveport Police Department, Louisiana State Troopers and the Shreveport Fire Department, the move will take place early Monday morning through the afternoon.
The ICU expansion project follows guidance of state public officials to improve surge capacity for COVID-19 patients. By modifying its St. Mary Medical Center to accommodate inpatient pediatric, labor and delivery, Neonatal ICU and Pediatric ICU patients, space was created to expand the adult intensive care capacity at its hospital on Kings Highway, where the health system has a comprehensive team of intensive care and critical care specialists. It is also a critical step in re-opening Northwest Louisiana, as the White House Guidelines for Re-opening the Economy specify the “ability to surge ICU capacity.”