Best Hospitals

There is one major source that provides credible ongoing analysis of hospitals: Medicare, which, as the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older, as well as certain younger people with disabilities, often provides funding for many of the big bills. As part of its informational services, reports on evaluations of hospitals based on queries of patients.


Three New Orleans Hospitals Join Study about Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare Workers

Ochsner Medical Center, Tulane Health System, and University Medical Center will encourage all local healthcare workers to join the Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERO) Registry. The registry will gather personal accounts of workers’ clinical and life experiences with the goal of understanding problems faced by those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone who works in a healthcare setting, including therapists, physicians, emergency responders, food service workers, nurses, and interpreters, is welcome to participate. Among other issues, the study will track stress and burnout among these professionals. For more information about the HERO Registry, visit



Doctor’s advice and tips for preventing and managing one of Louisiana’s leading illnesses

Dr. Matthew Bumgardner, a family medicine physician with Baton Rouge General Medical Center, has an analogy for high blood pressure — a prominent illness in Louisiana. If you don’t protect your pipes during freezing weather, the pipes will get squeezed. Little by little, over time, the pipes will be more susceptible to bursting. That’s how high blood pressure works. If the long-term blood pressure against a person’s artery walls is high enough, it can cause heart disease.

One of the scary things about high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is that there are often no symptoms for years. But just because there are no symptoms does not mean there is no damage. Heart attacks and strokes can result.


Sometimes, high blood pressure is hereditary. If your parents struggled with it, there’s nothing you can do about that. But there are a few things you can control. Dr. Bumgardner said the easiest is to avoid smoking. Following a low-sodium diet is also a good idea, but that can be hard to do for people in food deserts or those who are on limited budgets.

Exercise is also crucial. The standard recommendation is 30 to 45 minutes of moderate exercise (yes, walking counts) on most days of the week. Even if you cannot do the full 30 to 45 minutes, it’s still important to exercise.

“Even five minutes is helpful,” Dr. Bumgardner said. “Anything is better than nothing.”


Dr. Bumgardner said the ideal blood pressure numbers are 120/80. However, as people get older, their blood pressure will rise a bit. While there may not be any need for alarm if a person’s blood pressure rises to the higher end of the normal range (under 140/90), they should still aim for 120/80.

Pain, stress, anxiety and activity can cause temporary increases in blood pressure levels. So, a doctor should get a sense of a patient’s average blood pressure over the course of a day before recommending a treatment program. If a patient cannot control their blood pressure with lifestyle modification or if it’s at an extremely high level, then medication will be necessary.


Mental Health Tips in a Pandemic

In a pandemic, it’s not just physical health that’s important. Your mental health matters, too. Gina LaRose, LPC, LMFT offers tips on maintaining good mental health in a difficult era.

01. Be Kind.

Be patient as everyone is stressed now. Do good deeds for others. “Sometimes the best way to get our mind off our own problems is helping someone else,” said LaRose.

02. Maintain Normalcy.

Even if you’re unemployed, keep a set routine on most days. “When things feel out of control, we seek to find something we can manage…something that gives us structure,” said LaRose.

03. Do Something!

Hone your chef skills, learn a foreign language, ride a bike, read new books, write your own story, solve jigsaw puzzles. Keep your mind occupied.


Experts Urge Parents to Keep Children Up-to-Date on Vaccinations and Wellness Visits

The Louisiana Department of Health and the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics said parents should continue to vaccinate their children and participate in their routine wellness checks even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccinations protect from many other preventable diseases and prevent other outbreaks from happening. Telemedicine may be available for some visits, but the LDH said that pediatricians are taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of their patients (virtual forms and payments, separate entrances for sick and well patients, thorough disinfecting of examination rooms between appointments).


Baton Rouge General Tests Show 4.5% Positive Rate for COVID-19 Antibodies

After performing more than 1,500 COVID-19 antibody tests in the months of April and May, Baton Rouge General reported that 4.5% of those tests came back positive. A positive test indicates a person has likely been infected with COVID-19. The results showed that while African-Americans made up only 5% of test takers, 17% of the positive results came from African-Americans. Only one positive test was from a person under 20 years old. Women were more likely to get tested than men, but they tested positive at about the same rate. Half of positive tests came from the 40 to 59 age range.

The Louisiana Life editorial staff sifts through the data every year in order to create a one-of-a-kind list that demonstrates the state’s hospitals according to locality. To qualify for this list, at least 60 percent of the patients queried had to give the hospital a top overall ranking of 9 or 10. These are the top general service hospitals as seen through the eyes of those who have experienced them firsthand — the patients. Note, however, that several hospitals in the state did not have any information available on Medicare’s website and therefore could not qualify to be on the list.


Abbeville General Hospital
118 N. Hospital Drive
(337) 893-5466


Central Louisiana Surgical Hospital
651 N. Bolton Ave.
(318) 449-6400

Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital
3330 Masonic Drive
(318) 487-112

Rapides Regional Medical Center
211 4th St.
(318) 769-3000


Baton Rouge General Medical Center
3600 Florida Blvd.,
(225) 387-7767

Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge
17000 Medical Center Drive
(225) 752-2470

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
5000 Hennessey Blvd.
(225) 765-6565

Surgical Specialty Center of Baton Rouge
8080 Bluebonnet Blvd.
(225) 408-8080

The Spine Hospital of Louisiana
10105 Park Row Circle, Suite 250
(225) 763-9900

Womans Hospital
100 Woman’s Way
(225) 927-1300


Our Lady of the Angels Hospital
433 Plaza St.
(985) 730-6700


St. Martin Hospital
210 Champagne Blvd.
(337) 332-2178


St. Bernard Parish Hospital
8000 W. Judge Perez Drive
(504) 826-9500


67252 Industry Lane
(985) 801-3010

St. Tammany Parish Hospital
1202 S. Tyler St.
(985) 898-4000


Caldwell Memorial Hospital, Inc.
411 Main St.
(318) 649-6111

Citizens Medical Center
7939 U.S. Hwy. 165 S.
(318) 649-610


Acadia General Hospital
1305 Crowley Rayne Hwy.
(337) 783-3222


Lady of the Sea General Hospital
200 W. 134th Place
(985) 632-6401


Richland Parish Hospital
407 Cincinnati St.
(318) 878-5171

Beauregard Memorial Hospital
600 S. Pine St.
(337) 462-7100

Fort Polk
Bayne-Jones ACH
1585 3rd St. Fort Polk
(337) 531-3118


Union General Hospital
901 James Ave.
(318) 368-9751


Franklin Foundation Hospital
1097 Northwest Blvd.
(337) 828-0760


Riverside Medical Center
1900 S. Main St.
(985) 795-4431


Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital
42570 S. Airport Road
(985) 510-6200

North Oaks Medical Center, LLC
15790 Paul Vega MD Drive
(985) 345-2700


Claiborne Memorial Medical Center
620 E. College St.
(318) 927-2024


Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center
1978 Industrial Blvd.
(985) 873-2200

Physicians Medical Center
218 Corporate Drive
(985) 853-1390

Terrebonne General Medical Center
8166 Main St.
(985) 873-4141


Lallie Kemp Medical Center
52579 Hwy. 51 S.
(985) 878-9421


Ochsner Clinic Foundation
1516 Jefferson Hwy.
(504) 842-3000


LaSalle General Hospital
187 Ninth St. / Hwy. 84 W.
(318) 992-9200


Jennings American Legion Hospital
1634 Elton Road
(337) 616-7000


Jackson Parish Hospital
165 Beech Springs Road
(318) 259-4435


Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital
1310 W. Seventh St.
(337) 643-8300


Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner
180 W. Esplanade Ave.
(504) 468-4806


Allen Parish Hospital
108 6TH Ave.
(337) 738-2527


Heart Hospital of Lafayette
1105 Kaliste Saloom Road
(337) 521-100

Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge Ave.
(337) 289-7991

Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital
1101 Kaliste Saloom Road
(337) 769-410

Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Inc.
4801 Ambassador Caffery Parkway
(337) 470-2100

Park Place Surgical Hospital
4811 Ambassador Caffery Parkway
(337) 237-8119

University Hospital & Clinics
2390 W. Congress
(337) 261-6000


Christus Ochsner Lake Area Hospital
4200 Nelson Road
(337) 474-6370

Christus Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital
524 Dr. Michael Debakey St.
(337) 436-2511

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
1701 Oak Park Blvd.
(337) 494-3000


East Carroll Parish Hospital
336 N. Hood St.
(318) 559-4023


St. Charles Parish Hospital
1057 Paul Maillard Road
(985) 785-3644


St. James Parish Hospital
1645 Lutcher Ave.
(225) 869-5512


Savoy Medical Center
801 Poinciana Ave.
(337) 468-5261


Desota Regional Health System
207 Jefferson St.
(318) 872-4610


Sabine Medical Center
240 Highland Drive
(318) 256-1232


Avoyelles Hospital
4231 Hwy. 1192
(318) 253-8611


West Jefferson Medical Center
1101 Medical Center Blvd.
(504) 347-5511


East Jefferson General Hospital
4200 Houma Blvd.,
(504) 454-4000


Minden Medical Center
No. 1 Medical Plaza
(318) 377-2321


Monroe Surgical Hospital
2408 Broadmoor Blvd.
(318) 410-0002

Ochsner LSU Health Monroe
4864 Jackson St.
(318) 330-7000

St. Francis Medical Center
309 Jackson St.
(318) 966-4000


Ochsner St. Mary
1125 Marguerite St.
(985) 384-2200


Natchitoches Regional Medical Center
501 Keyser Ave.
(318) 471-2628


Iberia Medical Center
2315 E. Main St.
(337) 364-0441


New Orleans East Hospital
5620 Read Blvd.
(504) 592-6600

Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
2400 Canal St.
(800) 935-8387

Touro Infirmary
1401 Foucher St.
(504) 897-8247

Tulane Medical Center
1415 Tulane Ave.
(504) 988-5263

University Medical Center
2000 Canal St.
(504) 903-3000


Oakdale Community Hospital
130 N. Hospital Drive
(318) 335-3700

Oak Grove
West Carroll Memorial Hospital
706 Ross St.
(318) 428-3237


Hardtner Medical Center
1102 N. Pine Road
(318) 495-3131


Opelousas General Health System
539 E. Prudhomme St.
(337) 948-3011


Alexandria VA Medical Center
2495 Shreveport Hwy. 71 N.
(318) 473-0010


Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital
4608 Hwy. 1
(985) 537-8377


Richardson Medical Center
254 Hwy. 3048
(318) 728-4181


Northern Louisiana Medical Center
401 East Vaughn Ave.
(318) 254-2100


Christus Health Shreveport-Bossier
1453 E. Bert Kouns Industrial Drive
(318) 681-5000

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport
1541 Kings Hwy.
(318) 675-5000

Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
510 E. Stoner Ave.
(318) 424-6037

Specialists Hospital Shreveport
1500 Line Ave.
(318) 213-3800

Willis Knighton Medical Center, Inc.
2600 Greenwood Road
(318) 212-4000

Willis Knighton Medical Center
2600 Greenwood Road
(318) 212-4000


Ochsner Medical Center – Northshore LLC
100 Medical Center Drive
(985) 646-5000

Slidell Memorial Hospital
1001 Gause Blvd.,
(985) 643-2200

Southern Surgical Hospital
1700 W. Lindberg Drive
(985) 641-0600

Sterling Surgical Hospital
989 Robert Blvd.
(504) 690-8200


Springhill Medical Center
2001 Doctors Drive
(318) 539-1000


West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital
701 E. Cypress St.
(337) 527-7034


Thibodaux Regional Medical Center
602 N. Acadia Road
(985) 447-5500


Mercy Regional Medical Center
800 E. Main St.
(337) 363-5684


North Caddo Medical Center
815 S. Pine St.
(318) 375-3235


Glenwood Regional Medical Center
503 McMillan Road
(318) 329-4600


Winn Parish Medical Center
301 W. Boundary Ave.
(318) 648-3000


Franklin Medical Center
2106 Loop Road
(318) 435-9411


Lane Regional Medical Center
6300 Main St.
(225) 658-4000



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