History & Founding

Thirty years ago, virtually all surgery was performed in hospitals. Waits of weeks or months for an appointment were not uncommon, and patients typically spent several days in the hospital and several weeks out of work in recovery. In many countries, surgery is still like this today, but not in the United States. Twenty-five years ago, a group of Metairie area physicians decided to join together and form their own ambulatory surgery center. Houma Outpatient Surgery Center (HOSC) was born.

The physicians who founded HOSC saw an opportunity to establish a high- quality, cost-effective alternative to inpatient hospital care for surgical services. Faced with frustrations like scheduling delays, limited operating room availability, and challenges in updating equipment and supplies because of hospital bureaucracy, they believed that through self-governance and professional autonomy in the operation of the surgery center, their patients could be provided with better surgical care than they were currently receiving in the hospital.

In the summer of 1985, Houma Outpatient Surgery Center opened its doors at 3800 Houma Blvd.  In 2002, the physicians of HOSC decided to build their own building and update their surgery center with state of the art equipment and facilities. The new facility opened (in 2002) at the current location; 3717 Houma Blvd. HOSC has served more than 25,000 surgical patients in numerous surgical specialties since its inception in 1985. HOSC maintains voluntary accreditation status with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care* and looks forward to a bright future in the New Orleans medical community.