Northshore Healthcare Leaders Launch Healthcare Sector Strategy Pilot Program
MANDEVILLE, Louisiana – From St. Tammany Corporation:
Marty Mayer, Chairman of the Board of St. Tammany Corporation, and Chris Masingill, CEO of the organization, announced the launch of “Northshore Healthscape: A Collaborative Enhancing the Pulse of our Regional Healthcare Economy,” a pilot program of three years on health sector strategy. Stakeholders in this collaboration representing the parishes of St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington include North Oaks Health System, Ochsner Northshore-Mississippi Gulf Coast Region, Our Lady of the Lake Northshore, Slidell Memorial Hospital, St. Tammany Health System, and St. Tammany Corporation.
Health is a major economic driver on the North Shore in terms of jobs and productivity, contributing more than $1.5 billion to the regional GDP of the three parishes. The industry accounts for 22,000 jobs in the region, and demand continues with 5,000 unique job postings in the last 12 months alone. Projections indicate that jobs in this sector will increase by 11% by 2026. As the population grows on the North Shore, local health care leaders have expanded services to improve access to care closer to home. residence. As a result, patients generally don’t have to travel long distances to get the care they or their families need. Northshore healthcare facilities need a talented and skilled workforce to deliver these enhanced services. It is therefore essential to educate and train the next generation of talent.
Since February 2021, St. Tammany Corporation has hosted quarterly virtual roundtables with the healthcare industry with robust, collaborative, solution-focused dialogue. These quarterly virtual meetings are an opportunity to discuss strategic priorities around collaboration, workforce development and talent retention. Northshore Healthscape is the result of these commitments and represents the formalization of collaboration between industry, labor and economic development.
Recognizing the unique opportunities, challenges and needs of our healthcare ecosystem, the priority areas of work for the pilot program are capacity building, workforce and talent, ecosystem development and strategic implementation. Key deliverables for the first year of the pilot program include an assessment of healthcare infrastructure conducted by VisionFirst Advisors, targeted efforts to address immediate and short-term workforce and talent needs, developing a Northshore healthcare branding campaign and producing an industry impact report.
“For North Oaks Health System, investing in collaborative efforts to position the Northshore as one of the most sought-after healthcare destinations is a natural extension of our mission to improve lives,” said Michele Kidd Sutton, President and CEO of North Oaks Health System. “The St. Tammany Corporation is to be commended for recognizing the value of a thriving healthcare ecosystem to economic development by bringing together industry leaders from the parishes of Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Washington in this endeavor. Together, we are stronger, and I have every confidence that we will succeed in improving the prosperity of the North Shore and the quality of life of the citizens of the region thanks to our collective focus on the development of our workforce. and the identification and growth of essential services.
“Ochsner Health values strategic partnerships and regional collaborations to advance the health and well-being of our communities and align with our vision to inspire healthier lives and stronger communities,” said Corwin N. Harper, CEO, Ochsner Northshore and Gulf Coast Region. “Northshore Healthscape represents the dynamic relationship between the health industry, economic development and the workforce with the desired outcome of improving access to quality care, increasing awareness of career opportunities in the healthcare industry and related fields, and to showcase the world-class healthcare services provided right here on the North Shore.
“Our Lady of the Lake Northshore is thrilled to help advance health care in the Northshore region through this collaborative partnership. With great intentionality and alignment, I am confident that this work will revolutionize the delivery of health care to the communities we serve by identifying and expanding the services that are essential to keeping more of our patients and their families closer to home,” said Dr. Bryan Miller, Executive Physician and Acting President, Northshore Market, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.
“The ongoing labor shortage has prompted us to come up with creative solutions to continue to provide the best options for our patients,” said Sandy Badinger, CEO of Slidell Memorial Hospital and Ochsner Medical Center – Northshore. “This collective of healthcare leaders, in partnership with St. Tammany Corporation, is creating a framework for action that will benefit our entire region. It’s exciting to take these steps to improve our workforce so that ultimately we can care for our patients in the communities we serve.
“We are grateful to St. Tammany Corporation for bringing together Northshore’s major healthcare systems in this pilot program. Rather than competition, we lead with ‘coopetition’ because we are focused on cooperation to strengthen our labor pool and make our region a destination for world-class healthcare,” said Joan. M. Coffman, FACHE, President and CEO, St. Tammany Health System.
“The launch of Northshore Healthscape represents a revolutionary step for an industry-specific regional strategy led by local economic development. We recognize the importance of access to state-of-the-art health care close to home and understand that access is a major factor in where people and businesses choose to locate,” Mayer said. “I’m proud of the team at St. Tammany Corporation for having this vision and for engaging partners from across the Northshore to participate in this pilot program.”
“The Northshore is at a crucial point in determining feasible next steps to transform healthcare ecosystems in our region,” Masingill said. “The healthcare industry is essential to the well-being of our community and our economy. Northshore Healthscape is a collaborative and innovative initiative that harnesses the dynamic relationship between economic development, workforce and talent, and industry. St. Tammany Corporation is honored to serve as coordinator for this regional pilot program.
“The development and acquisition of talent is essential to sustaining healthy communities and vibrant economies. At the core of our mission, Northshore Technical Community College is committed to supporting Northshore Healthscape in partnership with St. Tammany Corporation,” said Dr. William S. Wainwright, Chancellor of Northshore Technical Community College. “This progressive alliance will secure pathways to prosperity for our citizens and build on economic development opportunities that will help Northshore health systems thrive.
“The Workforce Board for Tri-Parish Works is thrilled to see this healthcare partnership come to fruition. The board is committed to being part of this talented team of partners ready to help meet collective workforce and talent pipeline needs,” said Melissa B. Kirsch, Executive Director, Workforce Development Board : Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany . “Now is the time to find innovative and impactful solutions, and we expect this collaborative approach to have positive effects on both participating employers and our community as a whole.”