Our Lady of the Lake Continues Planning for Freestanding Children’s Hospital

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Our Lady of the Lake Continues Planning for Freestanding Children’s Hospital
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07/30/2015
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Our Lady of the Lake is pleased to share an update on its vision for Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. For the last 18 months, Our Lady of the Lake has been working with its physicians, team members, and patient families, while guided by HKS Architects, to develop this long-time goal and build upon the hospital’s existing expertise and commitment to further improve children’s health in Louisiana.

“While there are many steps that must be completed over the next six to eight months before we can finalize our vision, we are excited to share an exterior rendering and project update,” said Terrie Sterling, chief operating officer, Our Lady of the Lake. “At this point in the process, we are finalizing the design of the hospital and will soon begin construction documents. In addition, there are a series of approvals needed before we can break ground, including a community open house and the completion of our application to the Planning and Zoning Commission.”

Our Lady of the Lake proposes building Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital on property that runs parallel to I-10 in between Essen and Bluebonnet near Our Lady of the Lake’s main campus. Hospital plans will include inpatient beds, an emergency room, surgical unit, and a dedicated hematology/oncology unit to further enhance care as one of seven St. Jude Affiliates in the country. Plans also include a connected medical office building. As one of the largest providers of pediatric care in the state, the hospital’s vision is to build a freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital that will serve as a premier destination for high-quality, advanced medical care for children within a statewide network of pediatric healthcare excellence.

“We understand children are not small adults and they require unique care in a specialized environment with equipment designed especially for them,” said Shaun Kemmerly, MD, chief medical officer, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. “Our goal is to design and build a hospital that will further advance care and research for children through greater recruitment of pediatric specialists, building upon our successful pediatric residency program that trains future Louisiana pediatricians, and capitalizing upon strategic partnerships like that of our relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”