Health Care The Bossier Metro area is a hub of healthcare excellence and is the site of many well-equipped medical centers. Willis-Knighton Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare provider that is locally owned and operated to respond to the needs of local citizens. The hospital that was to become Willis-Knighton opened in 1924 as Tri-State Sanitarium on Greenwood Road. With over 85 years of serving the community, it has grown in the same location and is now Willis-Knighton Medical Center. Also in the health system are Willis-Knighton South & the Center for Women’s Health in southwest Shreveport, the first satellite hospital in the state, ; WK Bossier Health Center, serving Bossier City; and WK Pierremont Health Center, convenient to southeast Shreveport and southern Bossier City. The health system also includes fitness and wellness centers, urgent care centers and occupational medicine clinics as well as an active adult lifestyle community for adults 55+, The Oaks of Louisiana. Willis-Knighton maintains strong relationships with hospitals in nearby parishes and with LSU Health Shreveport. The health system has been recognized for its excellence by national organizations, including U.S. News & World Report, Top 100 Hospitals in America, Top 100 Hospitals Cardiovascular, “Nursing Professionals” magazine as well as online rating agencies. CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier has a proud history of providing health care in northwest Louisiana for over 115 years. With 850 employees, 600 affiliated physicians, and over 200 volunteers, the system remains committed to our mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and improving health in the communities we serve. Two hospitals are currently being operated under the CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier flag: CHRISTUS Highland and CHRISTUS Schumpert. A 160-bed acute care hospital, CHRISTUS Highland includes birthing suites, medical and surgical care, comprehensive coronary care, orthopedics and emergency services. Over the next 18-24 months, services will be moved from the Schumpert campus to the Highland campus, where significant facility and service expansion is occurring. In addition to the hospital campuses, CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier offers extensive outpatient services through the Wound Care Clinic, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Breast Clinic and two Wellness Centers. CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier is a part of CHRISTUS Health, an international Catholic faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprising almost 350 services and facilities. CHRISTUS HEALTH services can be found in 60 cities in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Georgia and New Mexico in the U.S. and several locations in Mexico. It is listed among the top ten Catholic health systems in the U.S. The Shreveport Shriner’s Hospital is a 45-bed pediatric orthopedic hospital providing comprehensive and complex orthopedic care to children at no charge. Built in 1922, the Shreveport Hospital was the first Shriner’s Hospital and a totally new, modern facility was constructed on the same site in 1986. Today, there are 22 Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. University Health is a world-class academic hospital system. The academic mission of University Health educates the doctors of tomorrow, emphasizes specialized health care services, maximizes research potential, and aligns medical interests across north Louisiana. University Health is the clinical partner of the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine, where internationally-recognized faculty physicians and scientists train most other doctors practicing throughout the region. With acute care hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe, University Health offers the latest developments in medical care. Patients throughout Louisiana and neighboring states travel to University Health for individualized treatment, regardless of the severity of the condition. Specialty care at University Health Shreveport in northwest Louisiana is built around centers of excellence like Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, the Trauma Center, Arthritis and Rheumatology, University Health Children’s Hospital, the region’s only dedicated Burn Center, and one of only six St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Affiliate Clinics in the nation. Extensive inpatient and outpatient services are provided by employees Ready to Help, Ready to Heal, and Ready to Care. Through the support of volunteer blood donors and the communities it serves, LifeShare Blood Centers is the steward of the community blood supply. Founded by local business, medical and civic leaders in 1942, LifeShare has a long tradition of partnering with local businesses and organizations to provide the blood components needed every day by patients in local medical facilities. Individuals and groups of all kinds are encouraged to participate in the vital community service of volunteer blood donation. LifeShare is the exclusive provider of blood components and related services in over 140 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, east Texas and south Arkansas. LifeShare Blood Centers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community service provider, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, licensed by the Food and Drug Administration and accredited by AABB. Along with CHRISTUS Schumpert, Willis-Knighton Health System and LSUHSC, Shreveport is also home to Promise Specialty Hospital, Bio-Medical Research Institute and Overton Brooks VA Medical Center. Our community also provides many outstanding rehabilitation, special needs and senior care facilities to treat the long-term needs of people of all ages. Living in Bossier, you are guaranteed to have all of your healthcare needs taken care of.