Friday, 22 November 2013 10:47
Round Louisiana: Ochsner Baptist, Harrah's Fulton St., Steve Roberts, BR economy and WTC
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The sweet scents of Thanksgiving and the holiday seasons are in the air, but, in the meantime, there is plensteve-robertsty of business and organizational work yet to be done. 

 In today’s edition of “Round Louisiana”, our focus is upon the new  Ochsner Baptist “The Women’s Pavillion”, 504ward and Harrah’s Fulton Street, Steve Roberts coming to New Orleans sponsored by BGR, the latest great report from BRAC concerning the Baton Rouge economy and  the upcoming  World Trade Center speaking engagement event featuring ConocoPhillips Dan Smallwood.

“Round Louisiana” is a compilation of organizational and business news stories and press releases:


The Women’s Pavilion at Ochsner Baptist will provide the ultimate in safety, comfort and quality care for women and their families -- everything you would expect from a hospital and physicians ranked nationally by US News & World Report -- in a top-notch, brand new facility.

All women’s services departments currently located at Ochsner Medical Center on Jefferson Highway (with the exception of Gynecologic Oncology), including OB/GYN clinics, Labor and Delivery (L&D), Maternal Fetal Medicine and Gynecologic Robotic Surgery, will move to the Women’s Pavilion at Ochsner Baptist in December.  In conjunction with the move of the women’s services departments, Ochsner’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit also will move to Ochsner Baptist.

Ochsner Baptist Women's Pavillion

All of the specialists and subspecialists who worked with our L&D and NICU departments will be available at the new location.

The Women’s Pavilion occupies three floors of Ochsner Baptist hospital.  The 4th floor will house The Perkin Alternative Birthing Center and Maternal Fetal Medicine; the 5th floor will house NICU; and the 6th floor will house Labor and Delivery and Post Partum Mother/Baby care.   All OB/Gyn clinics are located in the McFarland Medical Plaza adjacent and connected to the Women’s Pavilion.

Labor and Delivery

Ochsner Health System delivers over 6,000 babies per year (across all of our hospitals).  With the new Women’s Pavilion, we will now be able to accommodate approximately 1000 more deliveries per year at Baptist.

We offer 9 Labor and Delivery Rooms, 4 operating rooms, 38 rooms made up of ante-partum, high risk and post-partum rooms and a 23 bassinet nursery.

The Women’s Pavilion is focused on options that enhance the patient experience.  Our spacious mother/baby post-partum suites are at least 50 percent larger than the biggest room at Jefferson Highway. These newly-designed accommodations provide generous space for mother, family members and visitors.

Perkin Alternative Birthing Center

The Perkin Alternative Birthing Center (ABC) is the only hospital-based alternative birthing center in the region.

A staff of three Certified Nurse Midwives will provide mothers with a natural, holistic birth experience in a homelike environment with comfortable beds and birthing tubs.

Each birthing suite in the ABC will have a kitchenette for the patient and family as well as a kitchen adjacent to the family waiting rooms for the extended families to use. Each ABC room has a birthing tub (also available in two L&D rooms on the 6th floor), birthing balls, birthing chairs and a yoga swing to assist mom while she is laboring.  

Neonatal ICU

Our NICU is a Level 4 (according to American Academy of Pediatrics) and Level 3 Regional (in Louisiana) which means we take the most high risk babies from across the region.

We offer 26 open bays, which offer more space and privacy for families than our previous rooms, as well as 17 private rooms, 4 double rooms (for twins) and 3 rooming-in rooms for families with multiples. The new 54-bed space will allow us to accommodate 29% more NICU patients.

For those parents who can’t be with their babies every minute, the Nicview webcam service is available free of charge so families can keep an eye on their babies from a smartphone day or night.

Our NICU has rubber floors because they are made of a more natural material and absorb more sound, keeping the NICU quiet and peaceful for the babies.  Additionally, the rubber floor doesn’t need to be waxed (which brings in more chemicals around the babies).  


The holidays are upon us, and we here at 504ward can't think of anyone with whom we'd rather bring in the season than all of you. That's right--we're throwing a 504ward Holiday Bash, and we're doing it at Harrah's Miracle on Fulton Street. And you are all invited.

Not to get super over excited, but come on: It is going to be incredible. There will be small plates from Manning's, Fulton Alley, Ruth's Chris, Gordon Biersch, and Grand Isle, which you can snack on while jamming out to holiday tunes and walking around the Miracle on Fulton holiday display. Bright lights, good food, good drinks, music...our holiday spirit is a-tingling already.

Anyone can buy tickets, but 504ward members will get VIP access just by entering the promo code "504ward" when buying tickets, which you can do so here. VIPs get their own special section to hang out in with a comp bar, plus a different entrance to cut the line to get in for only $20. Our dress code we're going with Tacky Holiday Clothing, so dust off those horrible sweaters and come hang with us. We'll see you there.  Http://


The WTCNO Executive Speaker Series continues on December 10th with

Dan Smallwood

Manager, Technology and Development, Arctic & Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, ConocoPhillips

When: December 10, 2013, 8:00am

Where: Westin New Orleans, Crescent Ballroom

Cost: (Includes plated breakfast)

$20 Students

$35 WTC Members

$45 Future Members

$75 VIP (Includes meet and greet & priority seating at reserved table)


New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
Acadia and Bissonet Ballrooms, Third Floor
Guest Speaker
Steve Roberts
Columnist and Best-Selling Author


The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) on Thursday  presented its 2014 Economic Outlook during a Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week (BREW) breakfast.  The presentation included data on unemployment, job distribution, real estate market trends, tax revenues, and population growth projections.  The complete presentation can be viewed at

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