Our Lady of the Lake has released a rendering of the proposed Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital — a standalone facility that will have 130 beds and cost an estimated $200 million.
For the past 18 months, the Lake has worked on the project with its physicians, team members, patient families and HKS Architects, said Terrie Sterling, chief operating officer of the Lake. For now, the Lake operates its Children’s Hospital on two floors of the main hospital on Hennessy Boulevard off Essen Lane. The hospital is the second-largest pediatric care provider in Louisiana and the fastest-growing, serving about 100,000 patients a year. The Children’s Hospital also has a team of more than 60 pediatric specialists.
The new hospital is part of the Lake’s strategy to provide more pediatric services. In June, the Lake opened a Lafayette pediatric clinic, its first such clinic outside the Baton Rouge area.
The Lake is in the process of finalizing the new hospital’s design and will soon begin work on the construction documents, Sterling said. Over the next six to eight months, the Lake must complete a number of other steps, including holding a community open house and getting project approval from the city-parish Planning and Zoning Commission.
Plans call for the Children’s Hospital to be built on a site that runs parallel to Interstate 10 between Essen Lane and Bluebonnet Boulevard, close to the Lake’s main campus. In addition to 130 beds, the new facility will include an emergency room; a surgical unit; a hematology/oncology unit; and a connected medical office building.
The Lake’s Children’s Hospital draws patients from throughout Louisiana, as well as Mississippi and Texas. The hospital is one of only seven affiliates nationwide of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Dr. Shaun Kemmerly, chief medical officer for the Children’s Hospital, said the goals for the new facility include:
Advancing care and research for children by recruiting more pediatric specialists.
Building the pediatric residency program that trains future Louisiana pediatricians.
Capitalizing on strategic partnerships, like the Lake’s relationship with St. Jude.
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