Tulane Lakeside Hospital has officially changed its name to better reflect its expanding focus on adult services. New signage was installed earlier this week, capping several weeks of adding new services and technology to the Jefferson Parish campus.

Formerly Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children, the hospital recently added an adult intensive care unit and new, computer-guided personalized surgery system to increase the accuracy of shoulder replacement surgeries. These, and future enhancements planned for the campus, reflect the needs of the community the hospital serves, said Randy Moresi, Tulane Health System's interim CEO.

"When we looked at the healthcare resources available in Jefferson Parish, paired with the changes inherent in an aging population, expanding our scope at Tulane Lakeside to include more adult services made sense for us and the parish," Moresi said. "Our community is always evolving, and we have responsibility to do the same and ensure we're meeting its needs."

There are several additional enhancements planned for the campus in the near future. Tulane Lakeside is upgrading all its radiology services to be completely digital, which will allow for quicker and easier communication of results. It is also adding new stereotactic breast biopsy technology, which helps assess breast abnormalities found during mammograms.

A new, 13-bed medical/surgical/orthopedic unit is also currently under construction.

"This is an exciting time, both for our patients and our staff," said Tara Beth Anderson, Tulane Health System's associate chief nursing officer who oversees clinical operations at Tulane Lakeside. "We have a lot of experience waiting for babies to be born, and in many ways, that's what it's felt like. But the wait is over, and we're celebrating the next chapter in our story."

The new ICU partners with the hospital's existing Level III Surgical Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to provide perinatal care to both mothers and their babies on site if the need arises. The unit also allows the hospital to provide the intensive wound care services required for some plastic and reconstructive surgeries, as well as more complicated orthopedic procedures such as spine surgeries.

Tulane Lakeside continues to offer adult and pediatric emergency services - with average ER wait times well below local and state averages - as well as inpatient rehabilitation services. Adult specialty services such as cardiology and urology have begun offering clinics on or near the Tulane Lakeside campus, and other specialties are being explored.

For more information about Tulane Lakeside and its services, please visit Tulane Lakeside. For assistance finding a physician or for free health advice, please call Tulane Nurses On-Call at (504) 249-7675.