Shell Pledges $200K to Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital


Shell Pledges $200K to Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital

Live Oak and Reflection Walk to be named in recognition of donation

 Shell has long had a philosophy of working with local partners to improve quality of life and create healthier communities, and it will continue this tradition with a donation to help build the new freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital to impact the health of children in Louisiana for years to come.

Shell has pledged $200,000 to the new hospital and will be recognized for their donation with the Live Oak and the Reflection Walk named in its honor. The Reflection Walk will be an area in the main garden where patients and their families can go to enjoy the outdoor scenery and to reflect. A signature Live Oak tree will also be planted in the garden once the hospital construction has been completed.

The Shell site at Geismar features several prominent live oak trees, and these trees have been used as a symbol for strong team engagement and employee growth.

“It was a perfect fit for the Live Oak at the new children’s hospital to also serve as a sign of Shell’s strong impact in our community and its dedication to growing our ability to treat children from across the state and beyond,” said Kelly Hurtado, executive director of Our Lady of the Lake Foundation.

“Shell is delighted to play a role in building this critically important healthcare resource for our region,” said Shell Geismar general manager Rhoman Hardy. “When Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is completed, this region will be second-to-none when it comes to access to the finest children’s healthcare available. Shell is proud to be a part of that.”

The Shell Group is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with functions in more than 100 countries and territories. The Shell Geismar Chemical Plant is located next to the Mississippi River, about 20 miles south of Baton Rouge, and is a stand-alone chemicals manufacturing plant that has been in operation since 1967. Products made at the Geismar Plant are used by customers to produce various personal care items, soaps, shampoos, and household cleaning solutions. Nearly 750 members of the community are employed by the Shell Geismer Chemical Plant.

The new freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is currently under construction and set to open in 2019. For more information on the project or to view the construction progress, visit