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Willis-Knighton joins partnership to advance pediatric health care in NWLA

BIZ Magazine 

Willis-Knighton Health System, Children’s Hospital New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine are proud to announce a new partnership that will enhance pediatric academic medicine and improve access to care for patients and families in the Greater Shreveport-Bossier area.

“This new partnership with Children’s Hospital New Orleans and Tulane enhances our ability to deliver high quality pediatric healthcare services to children as the leading healthcare provider in northwest Louisiana,” says James K. Elrod, President and Chief Executive Officer at Willis-Knighton Health System. “We’re offering new medical education opportunities, and Shreveport-Bossier families will now have better access to Children’s Hospital New Orleans’ pediatric-trained sub-specialists through virtual care platforms.”

“Creating regional affiliations enhances our ability to deliver high quality care to children across Louisiana,” says John R. Nickens IV, President and Chief Executive Officer at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. “Pediatric specialists in Shreveport and New Orleans will collaborate on clinical pathways and care protocols to help ensure one high standard of care is delivered across the state. This is what Extraordinary Together for the children of Louisiana is all about.”

The partnership furthers Willis-Knighton’s longstanding commitment to offer innovative healthcare solutions to the Shreveport-Bossier area, as part of broader investments being made in pediatric services at Willis-Knighton’s South campus, which is dedicated to specialized care for women and children.

“Willis-Knighton-affiliated pediatric providers will now be able to participate in the robust academic activities available through Tulane and Children’s Hospital New Orleans,” says Samir El-Dahr, MD, chair of pediatrics at Tulane University School of Medicine. “The pediatric training and teaching programs led by Dr. Joseph A. Bocchini, Jr., in Shreveport will further support our shared goal to deliver comprehensive, cutting-edge care while training the next generation of pediatric physicians.”

Through this collaborative agreement, Willis-Knighton pediatric providers will have the opportunity to join the faculty of Tulane University School of Medicine, one of the nation’s leading academic medical institutions. Tulane will also expand its pediatric medical education program, placing medical students in Shreveport at Willis-Knighton and exploring opportunities for other learners.

Dr. Bocchini is a pediatric trained infectious disease specialist in Shreveport who brings 42 years of academic and clinical experience to his new role as Vice Chair of the Tulane Department of Pediatrics and Medical Director of Children’s Health Services at Willis-Knighton in Shreveport. Bocchini is nationally known for his work in infectious disease and for his contributions to The Red Book, a report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Children’s Hospital New Orleans has experienced significant growth in the last year, including the incorporation of Tulane University School of Medicine to an already vibrant academic community Children’s enjoys in partnership with LSU Health New Orleans. Children’s Hospital and Tulane University School of Medicine now collaborate on clinical, academic and research activities to advance health outcomes for children.