The Engquist family has donated $1.5 million to the hematology and oncology floor of the new hospital.

Engquist Family Donates $1.5 Million to Hematology and Oncology Floor at New Freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital

04/09/2018

John and Marty Engquist have a passion for helping pediatric cancer patients, and this passion will now be highlighted with their gift to the hematology and oncology floor of the new hospital to help continue care for children across Louisiana with cancer and blood disorders.

John and Marty Engquist have a passion for helping pediatric cancer patients, and this passion will now be highlighted with their gift to the new freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. The Engquist family has donated $1.5 million to the hematology and oncology floor of the new hospital to help continue care for children across Louisiana with cancer and blood disorders.

The chief executive officer of H&E Equipment Services, Inc., John Engquist developed a special relationship with a childhood cancer patient many years ago after an employee asked if the child could fish on his property. The Engquists extended an invitation to the child, and seeing the joy it brought to him inspired Engquist to start the Dream Day Foundation. This non-profit organization hosts the Fishin’ Galore event, in which St. Jude patients are invited to the Clinton, La., property for a day featuring fishing, games and food.

“What started out as one family has grown to more than 150 that come for one day each year from all over the country for this experience,” said Engquist. “This day is all about the patients and the hope that for at least one day they can focus on something other than their diagnosis and all of their treatments."

Engquist has supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for more than 25 years, including serving as a former member of its board of directors. The St. Jude Baton Rouge Affiliate Clinic at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health is one of only eight St. Jude affiliates in the country. When the new freestanding children’s hospital opens in 2019, all inpatient and outpatient hematology and oncology services will be housed on the same floor - a very unique model for this type of care.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Our Lady of the Lake and the care that they provide to kids,” Engquist said. “And their relationship with St. Jude makes this a very meaningful gift for me. This hospital will provide not only pediatric cancer patients but all children better care and better access to healthcare, and I want to be a part of that.”

The Engquist family gift brings Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital to more than $46 million of its initial fundraising goal of $50 million for the Let’s Build Amazing Capital Campaign.

“For more than a quarter of a century, John and Marty Engquist have given extraordinary amounts of their time and the gifts they have been blessed with to help some of the most vulnerable children in our society,” said Our Lady of the Lake Foundation Executive Director Kelly Hurtado. “Much like the mission of our Franciscan sisters, their support and love for children facing the arduous battle with cancer is strong and unwavering. We are very fortunate to have the Engquist family in our community and we greatly appreciate their most generous gift to our new children’s hospital.”

The freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is set to open in October 2019.

About Our Lady of the Lake

Our Lady of the Lake is a not-for-profit 800-bed medical center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with more than 7,100 employees committed to building a healthy community through excellence in patient care and education. With a Regional Medical Center, dedicated Children’s Hospital, two freestanding emergency rooms, and a 450-provider Physician Group, Our Lady of the Lake provides comprehensive healthcare services for common to complex conditions. Our Lady of the Lake is a primary teaching site for graduate medical education programs and is recognized in the areas of heart and vascular, trauma and emergency care, stroke, cancer care, minimally-invasive procedures and more. In 2016, Our Lady of the Lake was one of three hospitals recognized by the American Hospital Association with the Quest for Quality Prize award.

About Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is Louisiana’s fastest growing children’s hospital treating more than 100,000 patients annually from across Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The hospital is the only healthcare provider in the Baton Rouge area that provides a full range of pediatric services ranging from a 24/7 pediatric emergency room to a team of more than 100 pediatricians and pediatric specialists. For more information, visit www.ololchildrens.org.

The new freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is currently under construction and is set to open in 2019. To learn more about the project, visit www.letsbuildamazing.com.

About Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health is a collaborative, coordinated and child-focused statewide health network that provides patients with more access to physicians and providers specifically trained to care for children. The network includes hospital-based services at the main campus in Baton Rouge and the future freestanding hospital, as well as in Monroe with St. Francis Pediatrics. It also connects pediatricians, pediatric specialists and other health providers across our state with clinics in the Baton Rouge region, Hammond, Lafayette and Monroe. This model of coordinated pediatric healthcare extends the vital work happening at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital into more communities across Louisiana so families have greater access to expertise close to home.

About the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is one the largest healthcare systems in Louisiana and is the leading healthcare provider for more than half the state’s population. The health system is a non-profit, Catholic organization sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, we serve patients statewide through a network of hospitals, clinics, physicians, elderly housing and integrated systems. Our five hospitals include St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales and Our Lady of the Angels in Bogalusa. For more information, visit www.fmolhs.org.

About Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group

With more than 450 healthcare providers throughout more than 70 locations, Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group is one of the area’s largest physician networks. In addition to primary care, this experienced group of doctors specializes in diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of illnesses and complex medical problems.

About St. Elizabeth Physicians

St. Elizabeth Physicians is the largest provider of primary and specialty care in Ascension Parish, employing over 50 primary care physicians, specialists and providers. St. Elizabeth Physicians has been recognized for quality by the Louisiana Quality Foundation, and as the Large Business of the Year twice by the Ascension Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit the St. Elizabeth Hospital website.

About St. Francis Medical Center

From a modest beginning in July 1913 as a three-story red brick building with 75 patient beds, St. Francis Medical Center has grown to become Northeast Louisiana’s largest healthcare provider and one of the largest employers in Ouachita Parish. Today, St. Francis Medical Center is licensed for 367 beds, employs over 1,700 team members and partners with over 300 medical staff members. Our mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to those most in need reaches out to 17 parishes in Louisiana and three counties in Arkansas, an area with a population exceeding 515,000 people. St. Francis Medical Center is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. For more information, visit the St. Francis Medical Center website.

About St. Francis Medical Group

With over 50 healthcare providers at 16 clinic locations, St. Francis Medical Group is one of the area’s largest physician networks and is backed by the resources of St. Francis Medical Center. In addition to primary care, this experienced group of providers specializes in diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of illnesses and complex medical problems. For more information visit the St. Francis Medical Center website.