St. Jude Baton Rouge Affiliate Clinic, 1 of 8 in Nation, Celebrates 20 Years of Providing Life-Saving Care

St. Jude Baton Rouge Affiliate Clinic, 1 of 8 in Nation, Celebrates 20 Years of Providing Life-Saving Care

09/19/2018

The clinic at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health has grown to become one of largest affiliate clinics, treating thousands of patients in two decades.

The St. Jude Baton Rouge Affiliate Clinic at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health is celebrating 20 years of excellence in caring for pediatric patients with cancer and blood disorders. One of only eight St. Jude affiliates in the United States, the clinic was started in 1998 by Sheila Moore, MD, and has cared for thousands of patients across Louisiana over the past two decades and witnessed tremendous growth in its history of impacting the lives of childhood cancer patients and their families.

“It’s humbling to think of how far this clinic has come in 20 years and how many lives our team has touched in that time,” said Dr. Moore. “And it’s incredibly exciting to think of its future in the new freestanding hospital. We treat patients from all across Louisiana, and to know that the changes to come will improve the care they receive and the ease at which they are able to receive it, it’s a win for everyone. I thank God that I am able to leave our clinic as a legacy for future children in Louisiana.”

No organization has done more for childhood cancer than St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Families from all over the world travel there for state-of-the-art pediatric hematology and oncology care. However, this can require long periods of time away from home, which can be a hardship for many families. The affiliate program allows patients to receive the same level of care, but in facilities closer to their home, family and support system.

In 1998, the St. Jude Baton Rouge Affiliate Clinic opened the doors to its original location on the seventh floor of the Medical Plaza at Our Lady of the Lake with just a handful of staff. Today, the clinic has grown to more than 20 team members – including three physicians, two physician assistants, one pediatric nurse practitioner, eight nurses, a child life specialist, and a supporting team dedicated to caring for patients.

The clinic also moved to a larger location on the third floor of the Medical Plaza and has had to expand further to accommodate the number of patients the team sees. In fact, there were more than 2,300 appointments to the affiliate clinic last year alone.

While celebrating 20 years of life-saving care, the St. Jude Baton Rouge Affiliate Clinic is also looking ahead at the anticipated changes it will experience in 2019 with the opening of the new freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. All inpatient and outpatient hematology and oncology services will be housed on the same floor in the new facility – an innovative model for this type of care not found anywhere else in Louisiana.

The St. Jude Baton Rouge Affiliate Clinic recognizes Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month in September as well. According to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, cancer is diagnosed each year in about 175,000 children ages 14 and under worldwide and is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy for U.S. children.

For more information on the St. Jude Baton Rouge Affiliate Clinic or services offered by Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health for pediatric cancer and blood disorders, visit ololchildrens.org/hematologyoncology.

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.