- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 9, 2017

LAPLACE, La. (AP) - A large Louisiana medical system is expanding operations between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Ochsner Health System says in a news release that a 20,000-square-foot (1,860-square-meter) River Parishes medical complex opened Tuesday in LaPlace. The opening completes relocation from the former River Parishes Hospital.

Spokesman Paul Loisel says it includes a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week emergency department and onsite laboratory, radiology and diagnostic imaging services.

It’s also part of Ochsner’s Telestroke Program, which lets doctors treating stroke patients consult immediately, any time, with Ochsner vascular neurologists. The neurologists can see the patients and their symptoms via telemedicine and help determine the best treatment.

Ochsner bills itself as Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic healthcare system, with 29 hospitals and more than 80 health and urgent care centers.

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