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.
Located in LaPlace, Louisiana, River Parishes Hospital is an acute-care facility that has served the residents of St. John the Baptist, St. Charles and St. James Parishes since 1982. An average of 2,000 inpatients and 21,000 outpatient visits are seen each year. Nearly 130 physicians are affiliated with the hospital, with an active medical staff of 40.
River Parishes Hospital is fully-accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospital has a 24-hour Emergency Room where more than 17,000 visits occur annually. Other services include a Same Day Surgery Unit, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Intensive Care Unit, Medical/Surgical Unit, inpatient and outpatient Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Nutritional Therapy, and a full range of Cardiopulmonary/Respiratory Services, Laboratory Services and Diagnostic Imaging Services.
River Parishes Hospital offers an array of medical specialties, including family practice, internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology, nephrology, neurology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology (ENT), podiatry, urology, radiology, infectious disease, and general, orthopedic, vascular and cardiovascular surgery, sleep medicine, pain management and occupational medicine.
LaPlace is one of eight communities that comprise St. John the Baptist Parish, which is home to more than 45,000 residents. Major highways near the Parish are I-10, I-55 and U.S. 61. New Orleans Internal 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, known as the most affluent plantation house in North America built in 1827. 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 member-owned private club described as family-friendly with a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Members and their guests enjoy golf year around on the 18-hole championship course with tifeagle green surfaces that have been touted as “the best in the New Orleans Metro Area”. It also offers an olympic-sized pool with men’s and women’s locker rooms, a snack bar and gazebo located poolside for the convenience of members and guests. Belle Terre Golf & Country Club offers an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Pete Dye. Water comes into play on ten of the eighteen holes, making Belle Terre a scenic challenge. 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.