Livingston Parish Public School System
The quality of education provided by a school system has a direct bearing on the development of the community. Year after year, the Livingston Parish School System ranks among the top 10 school systems in Louisiana and continues to attract residents and businesses to the parish. The schools maintain a high graduation rate, and student ACT scores also rank in the top 10 statewide year after year.
The credit for this excellence belongs to teachers, principals and various support staff, as well as to the administration that is charged with the responsibility of making the hard decisions involved in running a large school system. The superintendent of Livingston Parish schools is Bill Spear, and assistant superintendent is Thomas Cothern. The school board includes President Keith Martin and members Jeffery Cox, Kellee Hennessey Dickerson, Milton Hughes, Sid Kinchen, Buddy Mincey, Jr., Clint Mitchell, Karen Wax Schmitt, Malcolm Sibley and James Watson.
For a list of schools, the school calendar and other information, see their website at www.lpsb.org.
The Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center
The Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center is a joint project between Southeastern Louisiana University and the Livingston Parish School Board. The 39,000 square foot center, located on a 24-acre campus on U.S. 190 at Walker, offers a variety of programs for adults and children.
In addition, community education programs with little or no admission requirements are the focus of the Center’s other programming. These programs address many areas of literacy such as financial, technical, and artistic in addition to the traditional form of literacy.
Colleges and Universities
Livingston Parish students have easy access to three premier four-year universities nearby: Southeastern Louisiana University (www.selu.edu) in Hammond, Louisiana State University (www.lsu.edu), Southern University (www.subr.edu) in Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Community College (www.mybrcc.edu) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Technical College, Hammond Branch (www.northshorecollege.edu) in Hammond and Greensburg and River Parish Community in Sorrento and Gonzales (www.rpcc.edu).
North Oaks Health System
North Oaks Health System opened their new two-story, 47,000-square-foot medical complex in January 2011. The complex occupies 30 acres and is located just south of I-12 at the Satsuma-Colyell interchange. It includes: a 24-hour urgent care center, a family medicine clinic, a specialty clinic, an outpatient diagnostic and treatment center and a community conference room. The diagnostic and treatment center offers cardiology, radiology, rehabilitation, and laboratory services for outpatient blood work. It also includes cardiology, radiology and rehabilitation services. The North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond is the nearest full service hospital for residents of eastern Livingston Parish.
On the web: www.northoaks.org.
Our Lady of the Lake Medical System
Our Lady of the Lake Livingston, a 140,000 square foot medical complex is located just south of I-12 at the Walker exit. The complex offers a free-standing Emergency Room open 24 hours a day and staffed by emergency physicians and nurses for the treatment of urgent and emergent medical conditions. If a patient has to be admitted to a hospital, they will be transported by ambulance. In addition to emergency services, Our Lady of the Lake Livingston’s campus also includes outpatient services such as a lab; imaging services such as CT, ultrasound, digital X-ray, Mammography, Dexa Bone Density and MRI; a retail, onsite pharmacy; and physician offices. Primary care doctors and many specialists such as cardiology, orthopedics, ear nose and throat, eye specialists, allergists, vascular specialists, urology and pain management doctors occupy the onsite physician office space. The 236-acre site also includes a 50-60 acre lake.
Our Lady of the Lake Livingston is a division of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge.
On the web: www.ololrmc.com/livingston.
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner provides healthcare to Livingston Parish residents via a major clinic and hospital just across the parish line, off O’Neal Lane, and via community clinics within Livingston Parish. The clinic offers appointments with specialists and family practitioners and a complete array of diagnostic tests. Ochsner Medical Center is a full service hospital including a maternity wing. It is the hospital nearest to residents of western Livingston Parish.
On the web: www.ochsner.org.
AMG Specialty Hospital of Denham Springs
Long Term Acute Care of Denham Springs provides state-of-the-art wound care and is the only wound care clinic in Livingston Parish. A specialized hospital that provides an intermediate level of care to those patients who are stable enough to be discharged from a regular hospital but not well enough to go home, to a nursing home or to a rehab hospital. Acute care provides daily nursing care, visits by physicians and other services.
On the web: www.amgdenham.com
Southeast Community Health Systems
Southeast Community Health Systems provides comprehensive, primary and preventative healthcare and strives to improve the health and wellness of the patients served. Services are available to everyone regardless of ability to pay. Sliding scale is offered to patients based on income. Department of Child and Family Services can assist families in applying for Food Stamps, Child Care Assistance, Kinship Care Subsidy, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance and Family and Dependence Temporary Assistance. Southeast Community Health Systems is accredited by the Joint Commission.
On the web: www.shchc.org