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Our Lady of the Lake Celebrates Completion of Steel on New Freestanding Children's Hospital

11/13/2017

Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital celebrates another amazing milestone

Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital celebrated another amazing milestone today as special beams were hoisted to the top of the new freestanding hospital to symbolize the completion of steel construction. The beams, which were signed in person and virtually by more than a thousand individuals, represent many supporters of the new hospital from across Louisiana and beyond.

"Today marks exciting progress in our construction," said Shaun Kemmerly, MD, chief medical officer of Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. "Today we celebrate the completion of steel and place the final beam, a marker of strength and dedication to this project and to the future health of children in Louisiana.

"Patients, team members, donors, community friends and physicians have signed this beam to show their support," she added. "The signatures on the beam represent merely a fraction of the people who have donated time, talents and treasures for this project. Today is possible because of this tremendous – and Amazing – support.”

In all, 2,500 tons of structural steel were placed along with 600 tons of rebar for foundations and walls, 14,000 cubic yards of concrete and 1,000 piles supporting the hospital and medical office building. Sheathing and brick installation is underway on the exterior of the building while crews are framing walls and doing plumbing, mechanical, and electrical work on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors inside the hospital. The Central Utility Plant’s roof was recently installed along with chillers, air handlers, and generators in the building.

Progress also continues on the attached medical office building, which is scheduled to be completed with steel construction in February.

The new Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital is expected to open in 2019. To follow construction updates, view footage from a live web cam, see hospital renderings and learn more about the project, visit letsbuildamazing.com.

Project by the numbers:

  • 363,690: Hospital square footage
  • 94,206: Medical Office Building square footage
  • 457,896: Total Project square footage
  • 2,500: Tons of structural steel
  • 600: Tons of rebar for foundations and walls
  • 14,000: Cubic yards of concrete
  • 1,000: Piles supporting the hospital and medical office building
  • 450,000: Pounds of ductwork
  • 284: Miles of electrical wire
  • 450: Construction personnel at any given time during peak activity
  • More than 1,000: construction personnel throughout course of project on site
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.