As southeast Louisiana’s largest nonprofit, academic, multi-specialty healthcare delivery system, Ochsner is driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate, and Innovate. Coordinated clinical and hospital patient care, all connected electronically to provide convenience for our patients, is provided across the region by Ochsner’s 30 owned, managed, and affiliated hospitals and more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers.
Close collaboration between our clinicians and scientists helps to bring innovative medical discoveries from the laboratory to our patients’ bedsides. We’re deeply dedicated to our patients and are honored to have been the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across four specialty categories. Ochsner is also a national leader in medical research and conducts more than 600 clinical research studies. We’re one of the largest non-university-based physician training centers in the U.S.
Slidell is the highly desirable suburb of New Orleans located on the North Shore across Lake Pontchartrain, and home to Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore. This facility is a 168-bed full-service regional medical center offers 24-hour Advanced Emergency Care, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), General and Robotic surgery, Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, and a network of over 300 physicians and specialists who deliver integrated care.
Clear streams, piney woods and idyllic communities filled with antique shops, galleries, and restaurants are found throughout St. Tammany Parish, on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Only forty minutes from the French Quarter in New Orleans, revel in Northshore art, cuisine, culture, and the great outdoors.
There are about 80,000 acres of national wildlife refuge set aside in the parish, including Big Branch NWR and the Northlake Nature Center on Bayou Castine. Birdwatching is popular on the Northshore, and many endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers live here.
The Tammany Trace, a jewel of a bike trail threading through 31 miles of St. Tammany Parish, is a great way to enjoy the Northshore outdoors.
Kayakers, paddle-boarders, and canoeists find easy access along many of the bayous and rivers and on Lake Pontchartrain. Join a guided swamp tour of the pristine Honey Island Swamp in Slidell, or go fishing with one of over a dozen experienced charter captains in Slidell. Learn more about paddling in Louisiana.
Kids especially enjoy the swamp tours, and holding or even hatching baby alligators at Insta-Gator Ranch. Or, they can get up close and personal with giraffes, camels, llamas, and more at the amazing Global Wildlife Center.
Exciting flavors inspire menus in elegant dining spaces and mom-and-pop seafood emporiums all along the Tammany Taste. Find happiness in perfectly fried shrimp or a mountain of spicy boiled crawfish. Enjoy wine-tasting at the Pontchartrain Vineyards or beer-tasting at Abita Brewery or the Covington Brewhouse.
The Northshore offers a range of accommodations. You can stay at a boutique hotel, in quaint cottages off the beaten path, familiar and convenient hotels, or go camping at two waterfront state parks, Fairview-Riverside in Madisonville and Fontainebleau in Mandeville.