Critical Care Starts Here

From emergency room care to in-patient intensive care Memorial can handle a wide variety of critical care situations.

ICU Expansion

Our new, state-of-the art, 15,102 sq ft. Intensive Care Unit is scheduled to open in the summer of 2016 on the 9th Floor of the main campus. Once this takes place, our existing, 10,180 sq. ft., 3rd floor will be renovated. When this is complete, Memorial will have the largest critical care unit in southwest Louisiana with a total of 32 beds. These areas are available for critically ill patients in need of ongoing specialized cardiac, stroke, and/or pulmonary monitoring, or recovering from major orthopedic trauma or general trauma surgery.

ER Expansion

Our current 12,671 sq. ft. Emergency Department which had over 63,000 visits in 2015, is currently being expanded to handle the increased volume and our expansion of trauma-related services such as telestroke and heart attack assessment, orthopedic trauma and general trauma surgery, as well as other critical care services such as mental health triage, respiratory and gastrointestinal distress. The additional space will add 12,793 square feet to the ED for a total of 25,464 square feet when complete.

In addition to general medicine treatment areas, our current ED has 4 cardiac-designated care rooms, a fast track treatment area, and 2 trauma rooms. Digital diagnostics, including CT scanning, are located in the ED which reduces transport times.

Stroke & Brain Injury Assessment

Using video conferencing technology, our TeleStroke process is similar to communicating via a Web cam. The Memorial ED team consults with Tulane Medical Center's stroke team using one set of protocols to perform the evaluation and begin treatment fast. This program provides 24-hour access to stroke experts and specialized services not otherwise available in the area. Tulane’s stroke specialists help to evaluate the patient and consult on diagnosis, treatment or appropriate transfer. The goal is to keep patients near their family and friends and only transfer patients when specialized care is needed.

Chest Pain & Heart Attack Intervention

From the minute ED is alerted of a cardiac emergency to the time the patient is brought to Memorial and through the cardiac catheterization lab or surgery, our emergency and heart care team works together to provide fast heart attack intervention treatment following nationally-established assessment protocols. Five newly- enhanced cardiac catheterization laboratories are available to provide emergency response to open blocked coronary arteries. In addition, with the largest surgery department in southwest Louisiana, our 13 renovated, state-of-the-art surgical suites are equipped with cutting edge technology for trauma surgery.

Orthopedic Trauma Surgery

Specialized orthopedic trauma and fracture care, as well as general trauma surgery, is available for potentially limb-threatening or life-altering injuries that commonly result from car accidents, falls, sporting activities and industrial accidents. Memorial is the only hospital in southwest Louisiana to offer this critical care treatment team with trauma and orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists and neurosurgeons working together to provide multidisciplinary care for major injuries. Orthopedic trauma services include severed fingers, sports injuries, and fractures such as pelvic fractures and intra-articular fractures, and infected or improperly healed fractures.

General Trauma Surgery

Comprehensive emergent care for critical injury means patients have direct access to specialists and advanced technology, ensuring the fastest and most extensive care in the region. A team approach to surgical critical care can require a multidisciplinary team of trauma, neuro, plastic, orthopedic, heart and vascular surgeons to ensure that patients receive the best possible care no matter the type or severity of their illness or injury. Trauma surgery may be necessary after the body experiences a catastrophic impact, such as a major car crash, a gunshot wound, a stabbing, a severe fall, a crush injury, or being struck by a car.

Mental Health Intervention

Currently, our ED offers a specially-designated triage area for emergent mental illness issues. Long range plans include a new, 34,000 sq. ft., stand-alone mental health hospital with emergency triage services. Phase I (adult & adolescent units) will include 42 beds. Phase II (geropsych and substance abuse units + a medical office building) will add an additional 56 beds for a total of 98 beds once both phases of construction are completed. A timeframe for the project is under determination.