Nearly 1,000 Attend Open House for Hospital Expansion at North Oaks Medical Center
Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne praised the state-of-the-art North Oaks Medical Center expansion at an open house attended by nearly 1,000 community members on Thursday, Nov. 29. The event was held from 5-7 p.m. to showcase the new 5-story wing before it opens for patient care.
“I commend the North Oaks Medical Center family for seeing this vital expansion to fruition,” Dardenne noted in his keynote address. “The people of Hammond and the surrounding communities are fortunate to have this facility in their area."
Attendees were able to see firsthand how North Oaks is taking health care in a new direction with more privacy, the latest technology and expert staff. The new wing houses 95 additional private rooms and will take the hospital to 330 total patient beds. It also features fourteen high-tech operating suites, eleven additional same day surgery beds, 25 additional telemetry beds and a surgical intensive care unit. A customized orthopaedic and neurosurgery floor features a gym for patient rehabilitation.
"These enhancements are making way for the growing number of North Oaks surgeons providing care in the region and the advanced, complex procedures they perform," affirms James E. Cathey Jr., President/Chief Executive Officer of North Oaks Health System.
As guests arrived, the Livingston Parish Children’s Choir Chorale performed Christmas carols. In addition to Dardenne’s address, a ribbon-cutting program included: an invocation offered by the Rev. David K. Seid, OP, of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ponchatoula; the Louisiana Air National Guard 236th Combat Communications Squadron serving as Color Guard; the National Anthem performed by Alexis Marceaux who recently competed on NBC’s The Voice; and a benediction offered by the Rev. Samuel Brown, who is senior pastor of the Greater Mt. Vernon and Mt. Pleasant Churches in Hammond.
The close of the ribbon-cutting program was punctuated by the arrival of Santa Claus escorted by the Hammond Fire Department at which point guests were invited to tour the new tower and enjoy a host of holiday activities. Attractions included free health screenings, cookies and hot chocolate, door prize drawings, a children’s train ride, outdoor snow flurries, photos with Santa, the jazz stylings of the Reggie Sanders Trio, an autograph session and caroling with Alexis Marceux, and a canned good collection drive for local food pantries.
North Oaks Medical Center is located at 15790 Paul Vega, MD, Drive in Hammond.
For more information, call North Oaks Corporate Communications at (985) 230-6647.