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With 22 hospitals containing almost 3,500 beds and approximately 1,100 doctors who treat patients in the hospitals, the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Area is the center for healthcare in Northwest Louisiana. Shreveport’s healthcare industry utilizes state of the art medical treatment and research facilities, and it also provides many thousands of high paying jobs for local residents. Louisiana State University’s Health Science Center is the largest employer in the City of Shreveport and it is the 4th largest employer in the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Area.
Shreveport’s hospitals provide the most modern medical care
Louisiana State University’s Huey P. Long Hospital has 155 beds for patients and operates within the context of the Health Sciences Center where medical research and treatment is conducted in the most modern and well equipped facilities. Willis-Knighton Memorial Hospital worked together with the Louisiana State University Medical Center to develop the Cancer Treatment and Research Center, which has an unsurpassed organ transplant program and was among the world’s first providers of TomoTherapy radiation treatment. Willis-Knighton’s Heart Institute and Heart Hospital is renowned for its technologically advanced heart care treatments and more heart surgeries, heart catheterizations and angioplasties are performed there than in any other hospital in the region. CHRISTUS Schumpert Hospital contains a 60,000 sq. ft., 5-story, 80-bed children’s hospital with a 16-bed pediatric intensive care unit, 2 specially equipped pediatric surgery rooms, and a 22-bed pediatric inpatient unit. The hospital also has a robotic-assisted surgery system for use in its oncology program, which is the only oncology program in Northern Louisiana that is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The robotic-assisted surgery system is used in complex operations to treat prostate cancer and facilitate procedures such as pelvic prolapse, hysterectomy and benign tumor removal.
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