Ochsner – North Shore Takes Home ‘Innovation Award’ at 16th Annual Business Appreciation Awards

NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner – North Shore is the recipient of the 2016 “Innovation Award” for its success in treating patients through the TeleStroke program. The award was presented by the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce at this year’s Business Appreciation Awards.

         The Business Appreciation Awards, in its 16th year, recognizes businesses and organizations in nearly a dozen categories that have left their mark on the North Shore business community. The Innovation Award is awarded to a company that is a leader in technological change and/ or incorporates new technologies in their day-to-day business.

         “Everyone who works at Ochsner – North Shore is committed to providing the highest quality of care for our patients and their families,” Brad Goodson, CEO, Ochsner North Shore Region, said. “Our team, along with our partners in the Ochsner Health Network (OHN), strives daily to develop and implement innovative models of care for our patients in order to offer world-class healthcare close to home.”

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         In 2015, Ochsner – North Shore’s door-to-needle (DTN) was among the best throughout Ochsner’s 41 sites offering the TeleStroke program. DTN describes the time taken to administer the clot buster drug rTPA (Recombinant Tissue Plasminogen Activator), after the patient has entered the emergency room (ER) door. Since joining the network in 2009, Ochsner – North Shore has completed 562 TeleStroke consults to Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans, delivering on the promise to the community to keep patient care close to home through innovative technology and collaboration via hospital partnerships and affiliations.

         In August 2009, Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans became the first hospital in Louisiana to use telemedicine to treat stroke and has become one of the fastest growing networks in the country with more than 40 active spoke hospitals. Through Ochsner Health System’s TeleStroke program, ER physicians in rural and urban hospitals have the ability to consult immediately with Ochsner vascular neurologists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year using telemedicine equipment to determine the best treatment options for stroke patients

         This year’s Business Appreciation Awards luncheon was held at the Tchefuncta Country Club in Covington on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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