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The Shreveport-Bossier City area is the site of many well-equipped medical centers.

Willis-Knighton Health System is a nonprofit health care corporation that is locally owned and operated and dedicated to improving the health and well-being of local citizens. The health system encompasses the full continuum of care from prenatal medicine to a residential community for older adults. The original Willis-Knighton hospital on Greenwood Road in Shreveport is Willis-Knighton Medical Center, often referred to as “North.” It has been continuously serving the community for 90 years. Willis-Knighton South & the Center for Women’s Health was the first satellite hospital in Louisiana, serving residents in southwest Shreveport, and WK Pierremont Health Center was opened in 1999 to serve southeast Shreveport. WK Bossier Health Center, the only acute care hospital in Bossier Parish, provides a wide range of health and wellness services, including Quick Care Urgent Care Center and the WK Bossier Wellness Center. Willis-Knighton also transformed the abandoned building that once housed Bossier Medical to become the WK Innovation Center, which features a virtual hospital for clinical training. As the region’s technology leader, Willis-Knighton has become a regional referral center. Patients no longer need to travel outside our community to receive advanced services, such as cancer care at the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center and its WK Proton Therapy Center or sophisticated cardiovascular care through the Willis-Knighton Heart & Vascular Institute. Through health care, wellness and its “tithe the bottom line philanthropy,” Willis-Knighton continues to seek ways to make this a healthier, better community.

The health system has been recognized for its excellence by national organizations, including U.S. News & World Report, Top 100 Hospitals in America, Top 100 Hospitals Cardiovascular, Nursing Professionals magazine, as well as online rating agencies.

CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier has a proud history of providing health care in northwest Louisiana for over 115 years. With over 1,000 employees, 600 affiliated physicians and 500 volunteers, the system remains committed to our mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and improving health in the communities we serve.

CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center located on Bert Kouns serves as the main hospital for CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier and includes birthing suites, neonatal intensive care unit, medical and surgical care, comprehensive coronary and oncology care, orthopedics and emergency services. Services will continue to be moved from the Schumpert campus to the Highland campus through the beginning of 2016, where significant facility and service expansion is occurring with the addition of the West Wing.

In 2014, CHRISTUS opened the Specialty Care Center adjacent to the Highland campus that houses the Breast Center, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center, and PET imaging services.

CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center
Accredited since 1990 by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, the Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer care, including hematology, medical oncology and radiation, as well as genetic counseling. The Cancer Treatment Center offers state-of-the-art radiation therapy with the Novalis Tx. The Center is currently operating at the Schumpert campus and will move to Highland in Spring 2016. CHRISTUS opened the first cancer clinic in Bossier in 2014. At this location patients can receive chemotherapy and schedule new patient appointments and return visits. CHRISTUS will continue to expand outpatient and primary care services over the next two years in the growing corridors of Bossier.

CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier is a part of CHRISTUS Health, an international Catholic faith-based, nonprofit health system comprising almost 350 services and facilities.

CHRISTUS Health is a sprawling health care operation headquartered in Irving, Texas, with primary acute care facilities in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mexico, Chile and, coming soon, Colombia, as well as long-term care facilities in Georgia, Iowa, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.

$60 million expansion underway expected to be completed in 2016
• 160 beds
• Addition of patient rooms
• Renovation of existing patient rooms
• Renovation of the emergency room, surgical suites and radiology
• Redesign and renovation of the interior and exterior of the hospital
• Construction of a new Cancer Treatment Center
• Construction of a new NICU
• Expansion of The Birth Place (family-centered maternity care)

Other expansion includes:
• The renovation of the former Luby’s property at 1505 E. Bert Kouns
• Loop into the new The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, the Breast Center and PET Imaging services as well.
• Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation
• Bariatric Center of Excellence
• Robotic surgery

Other ministries:
• CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Clubs in Shreveport and Bossier
• CHRISTUS Foundation Shreveport-Bossier
• Grace Home – Shreveport’s first community residential hospice
• CHRISTUS Home Care, Palliative Care & Hospice

CHRISTUS Schumpert
New uses are being discussed for this venerable campus that has housed so many memories for generations of Shreveporters. An integral part of the historic Highland neighborhood, the Schumpert campus lends itself to a repurposing that will support this vital, unique neighborhood.

Until 2016 when the Highland expansion is complete, services will continue to operate at Schumpert until new facilities are built and transitioned to Highland.

Children’s Services at CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier:
At CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier healthy kids are more than just hospital care. It’s about meeting kids in the community where they live. It is outpatient, in-school, on-the-field care for all ages, infant to teenager. Our vision is to serve the children of our region, from birth to 18 years, with comprehensive health and wellness programs designed to promote a healthier community.

CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier is a member of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals in North America. Our unique health and wellness programs are a safe, fun way for children ages 5 to 12 to exercise. The CHRISTUS Kid Fit Club is the only exercise program in the community geared specifically to children, with child-sized exercise equipment. Project 5210 also helps children and their families learn weight management and healthy living.

CHRISTUS athletic trainers help keep kids enjoying sports at five area high schools (Parkway, North Desoto, Captain Shreve, Loyola Prep and Haughton). Our school-based health centers, at three at-risk schools (Atkins Elementary, Linwood Middle School and Woodlawn Academy), help to improve the overall physical and mental health of students. A fourth center will be added in 2016 at JS Clark Elementary. These health centers have reduced school absenteeism by 50 percent and tardiness by 25 percent, and also reduced the need for emergency care.

Cara Center for abused children is a collaborative effort with LSU Health Sciences Center (now University Health) to provide medical care and counseling for suspected child abuse.

Our CHRISTUS Pediatric Associates Group delivers up-to-date, quality medical care for every age, from the expecting mother to the graduating senior. Patients can expect comprehensive pediatric care from physicians who are well established and have excellent reputations within the Shreveport-Bossier community.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
The Regional Level III NICU is in a temporary 20-bed unit at the Highland campus until the state-of-the-art unit is complete within the new West Wing.

The Birth Place
The Birth Place provides family-centered maternity care focusing on helping the family unit bond and learn parenting skills with their new baby. Dr. Threvia West, our new Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist will join our CHRISTUS family in 2016. Together with Dr. Sarah Serio. Dr. Surinder Tank and the neo-natology team, comprehensive maternity services will be offered at the Highland campus.

LSU Health Shreveport has partnerships with four major area hospitals: University Health, Willis-Knighton, Shriners Children’s Hospital and the Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs Medical Center. University Health operates teaching hospitals and clinics in Shreveport and Monroe. Specialty centers in rheumatology and trauma care – and the Feist Weiller Cancer Center – are sponsored by LSU and University Health.

Overton Brooks VA Medical Center (OBVAMC) consists of one VHA tertiary care facility and three community-based outpatient clinics serving Veterans in 12 Louisiana parishes, 11 counties in Southern Arkansas and nine counties in East Texas. The medical center is classified as a Clinical Referral Level 1C Facility which accepts referrals from the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System located in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Alexandria VA Health Care System located in Pineville, Louisiana. OB-VAMC is a teaching hospital, providing a complete range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary and specialty care in the areas of medicine, surgery, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, dentistry, radiation oncology, pathology, audiology and imaging. OBVAMC is part of the South Central VA Health Care Network (VISN 16), which is one of 21 Veterans Service Networks (VISNs) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VISN 16 covers a vast area of 170,000 square miles, serving Veterans in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and parts of Texas, Missouri, Alabama and Florida.

Through the support of volunteer blood donors and the communities it serves, LifeShare Blood Centers is the steward of the community blood supply. Founded by local business, medical and civic leaders in 1942, LifeShare has a long tradition of partnering with local businesses and organizations to provide the blood components needed every day by patients in local medical facilities. Individuals and groups of all kinds are encouraged to participate in the vital community service of volunteer blood donation. Mobile blood drives can be scheduled at businesses, churches, schools and other locations convenient to group blood donation.

LifeShare is the exclusive provider of blood components and related services in more than 100 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, east Texas and south Arkansas. LifeShare Blood Centers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community service provider, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, licensed by the Food and Drug Administration and accredited by AABB.

Set up a blood drive at your business by calling (318) 673-1471 or visit

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