Top Ten Stories of the Year – Healthcare Industry Explosion

Greater New Orleans currently ranks first in the nation for healthcare job growth.

In the past 10 years, jobs in this sector have increased by 78 percent, and research by GNO, Inc. predicts that healthcare will continue to be the top sector for job growth in the region through at least 2026.

This may not come as a surprise if you’ve been paying attention to all the hospital, health center and clinic openings recently, including the $1.1 billion University Medical Center, which opened in 2015, followed only one year later by the $1 billion VA Medical Center in 2016.

In 2017, the growth just continued, especially with Ochsner, Louisiana’s largest not-for-profit health system and the largest employer in the state. Ochsner celebrated more than half a dozen openings of clinics or health centers, including in Gretna, Houma, Slidell, Laplace and Denham Springs.

In June, the healthcare giant opened the Ochsner Baton Rouge Cancer Center, a 20,000-square-foot center that is currently the only cancer program in Baton Rouge utilizing a fully-integrated electronic medical record system.

The center is included in the announcement of Ochsner’s pledged $100 million expansion into the Greater Baton Rouge region, which includes development of a new medical office building, micro-hospital and surgical center along the I-10 Bluebonnet/Siegen Corridor, and the expansion of several new clinics across multiple parishes. Anticipated completion date for the new medical office building, micro-hospital and surgical center is scheduled for 2019.

Additional openings in 2017 have included the following:

In January, The Family Doctors, a division of West Jefferson Medical Center, opened a new primary clinic in Port Sulphur at Plaquemines Medical Center.

In February, Tulane University Medical Group opened Tulane Orthopaedic Spine Center at East Jefferson General Hospital’s campus.

In May, Tulane opened the $1.1 million Professional Athlete Care Team Clinic for former pro athletes as part of the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine.

In July, Tulane opened Tulane Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Tulane Lake-side Hospital for Women and Children in Metairie.

In August, CrescentCare broke ground on a $23 million comprehensive health center on Elysian Fields Ave. in New Orleans.

Finally, in September, New Orleans East Hospital opened the New Orleans East Clinic, Tulane opened its newly renovated $3.8 million Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) program and Children’s Hospital opened its Children’s Pediatrics clinic in Laplace.

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