Pediatric and Infant Care

Specialized Pediatric Care

Ochsner Hospital For Children is dedicated to pediatric patient care, research and education. Ochsner Hospital For Children specializes in comprehensive care for the whole child - from preventive care such as immunizations to lifesaving efforts such as heart and lung transplants. Through our unique coordinated system of medical centers, hospitals and neighborhood health centers, Ochsner Hospital For Children provides healthcare with peace of mind by putting the needs of patients first.

Ochsner for Children Inpatient and Outpatient Specialties:

Other Pediatric-Focused Services Include:

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) - Level IV Regional Designation (highest awarded by the State of Louisiana)

  • 54-bed unit
  • Board Certified Neonatologists
  • Transport team can be dispatched within 30 minutes (weather permitting) and travel by ambulance, helicopter or fixed-wing
  • Neonatal Cooling Program for infants asphyxiated at birth
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO); Heart - Lung Bypass
  • Inhaled nitric oxide therapy (available during transport)

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) - Level I Regional Status

  • 14-bed unit - all private rooms
  • Team includes: Pediatric Intensivists, RNs, Social Workers, Child Life Specialists and Pediatric Respiratory Therapists
  • Nitric oxide therapy
  • Continuous hemofiltration and dialysis
  • Heliox
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO); Heart - Lung Bypass

Pediatric Acute Unit

  • 35-bed unit - all private rooms
  • Team includes: Pediatric Hospitalists, RNs, Social Workers, Child Life Specialists and Pediatric Respiratory Therapists
  • Excellent care of hospitalized children
  • Family-centered
  • Decrease hospital length of stay
  • Facilitate transition to the primary care physician

Pediatric Emergency Room

Check current wait times online for the Ochsner Pediatric ER.

  • Nursing staff specially trained to care for pediatric emergencies
  • Exclusive pediatric waiting area (separate from the main emergency room waiting area)
  • Three pediatric emergency rooms outfitted in a pediatric friendly atmosphere
  • 99% Patient Satisfaction Rate

Pediatric Cardiology

Full complement of subspecialty pediatric cardiologists including:


  • Expert treatment of pediatric arrhythmias
  • Pacemaker and defibrillator implantation and long-term care
  • State-of-the-art, three-dimensional monitoring/recording and ablation equipment
  • Comprehensive evaluation and treatment of syncope (fainting), palpitations and hereditary genetic arrhythmias


  • Complete imaging services including fetal, neonatal, transesophageal, three-dimensional and intracardiac echo


  • Catheter based treatment of heart defects including closure of septal defects and implanting/repairing heart valves without the need for surgery
  • Multidisciplinary approach to acute pediatric stroke rescue, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) treatment and renal artery intervention for renovascular hypertension

Adult Congenital Cardiology:

  • Comprehensive team approach for adults with congenital heart disease led by medicine-pediatric trained cardiologists including adult and pediatric subspecialty cardiologists

Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • Board certified congenital heart surgeons offering a full range of services
  • Team approach to peri-operative care minimizing intensive care unit and hospital stay
  • Surgical results and length of stay on par with the best centers in North America
  • Single-stage neonatal repair of complex cardiac defects
  • Pediatric heart transplantation
  • Artificial heart/mechanical circulatory support
  • Adult congenital heart surgery

Regional Referral Center Hotline: 1-855-OHS-LINK (647-5465)

Clinic Concierge Hotline: 1-855-312-4190

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