River Parishes Hospital
Population: 27,684 :: Service Area: 85,000
Welcome to a magical place of plantation homes, centuries-old cemeteries and ancient Acadian and Creole traditions. Located on the Mississippi River, the city of LaPlace offers all of the benefits of small town living, with the food, fun and cultural activities of the city of New Orleans, just minutes away.
With 106 licensed beds, River Parishes Hospital sees nearly 3,000 admissions and 35,000 outpatient visits a year. The hospital features a Level III Trauma Center in addition to an Emergency Department where more than 18,000 visits occur annually. Nearly 150 physicians are affiliated with the hospital, with an active medical staff of more than 60. The nursing staff, which numbers nearly 200, is associated with several area nursing programs. Centers of emphasis include Orthopedics, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Surgery and Women’s Health. River Parishes Hospital also houses on its campus an Occupational Medicine Center staffed by professionals experienced in comprehensive industrial medical care and a Wound Care Center comprised of a team of physicians specially trained in the treatment of non-healing wounds.
LaPlace has more than 43,000 residents and is one of eight communities that comprise St. John the Baptist Parish. Major highways near the Parish are I-10, I-55 and U.S. 61. New Orleans International Airport is only 20 miles away.
St. John the Baptist Parish offers 13 public schools, eight private schools and one magnet school. Public schools partner with the Louisiana Technical College River Parish Campus, where students can begin vocational training while in high school. There are over 20 colleges and universities in the New Orleans area including Tulane, Xavier and LSU Health Sciences Center. LaPlace is only 30 miles from New Orleans, home of the French Quarter, Mardi Gras, Jazz & Heritage Festival, Jackson Square and the French Market. New Orleans also offers the world famous Audubon Zoo, an aquarium and the Entergy IMAX Theatre, one of only six IMAX theatres of its kind in the world.
Beautiful antebellum homes abound in the area including Evergreen Plantation, built in the 1820s and known for its “flying staircases,” and San Francisco Plantation. The St. John Theatre, a cultural and civic center located just outside LaPlace, offers children and adults of the community the opportunity to participate in a series of fine arts activities throughout the year. St. John the Baptist Parish also has nine recreational parks, offering all sports, and a summer youth program. Each year the town hosts an Andouille Festival in October, complete with culinary specialties, music and amusement rides.
LaPlace has two golf and country clubs. Riverlands Golf & Country Club is a private 18-hole golf course with tree-lined fairways. It also has two lighted tennis courts, an “almost” Olympic-size pool, wading pool and clubhouse. Belle Terre Golf & Country Club was ranked the #2 public access golf course in Louisiana in 2002 and 2003 by Golf Week Magazine. This 18-hole championship course, designed by Pete Dye, is one of Louisiana’s finest. The club also offers four lighted tennis courts, a junior Olympic size swimming pool, wading pool and a poolside snack bar. The famous nearby Manchac Swamp offers tours through moss-draped trees to view Louisiana alligators. Lake Maurepas, which leads in to Lake Pontchartrain, is a popular destination for the fishing enthusiast.