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New Orleans Healthcare

Greater New Orleans is quickly becoming a premier healthcare destination.

A growing network of top-notch hospitals, trauma centers, and clinics serve the Greater New Orleans population, and both the volume and caliber of healthcare professionals and groundbreaking research in the area continue to climb.

New Orleans is home to LSU School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Medicine, Ochsner Health System (ranked the #1 hospital in Louisiana eight years in a row), and the Biosciences Economic Development District (BioDistrict), which provides the region with world-class bioscientific research and development, healthcare delivery, and high-paying jobs. The BioDistrict—which includes the Veterans Administration Hospital, the new University Medical Center, the Louisiana Cancer Research Center, and the New Orleans BioInnovation Center — yields an economic impact of $3.3 billion and has created 34,000 new jobs in the region.


There are several healthcare systems and hospitals within Greater New Orleans, and below is a small selection of providers that can be found in the region’s parishes.

Ochsner Health
Ochsner Health is the region’s largest healthcare provider, with hospitals in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Charles, and St. Tammany parishes, as well as numerous health clinics throughout the region.

LCMC Health
LCMC Health offers six hospital locations in the region: Children’s Hospital, Touro, New Orleans East Hospital, East Jefferson General Hospital (the regional MD Anderson affiliate), West Jefferson Medical Center, and University Medical Center, which is the region’s Level 1 Trauma Center.

Tulane Medical Center
HCA, the nation’s largest health system, operates downtown’s Tulane Medical Center, Tulane Lakeside Hospital, and Lakeview Regional Medical Center, through a unique partnership with Tulane University School of Medicine.

North Oaks Health System
Hammond-based North Oaks serves the needs of both Greater New Orleans and nearby Baton Rouge residents.

St. James Parish Hospital
Serving the River Parishes of Greater New Orleans, St. James Parish Hospital is located in Lutcher.

Elder Care

Top-notch assisted living and memory care facilities can be found throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. Poydras Home, located in Uptown New Orleans, recently underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation and is considered one of the best local facilities in the region. Christwood in Covington offers a luxurious setting on several acres for Northshore retirees.

For those who prefer a more intimate setting for their loved ones, dozens of board-and-care facilities are available. The New Orleans Council on Aging – a local non-profit group with a national affiliate – assists residents in choosing the right care provider for their family member.

Health Education

New Orleans is committed to providing top-quality healthcare, and to training the next generation of doctors, surgeons, and nursing professionals.

LSU School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Medicine, both located in downtown New Orleans, feature nationally accredited teaching hospitals that oversee students as they rotate through a variety of regional hospitals to gain experience. Loyola University, University of Holy Cross, Northshore Technical Community CollegeDelgado Community College, and LSU HSC offer nursing programs. New Orleans also is home to the LSU School of Dentistry.

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