BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Our Lady of the Lake Hospital broke ground on a new six-story, $230 million children's hospital Thursday at 10 a.m.
Our Lady of the Lake will build Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital on a 66-acre property that runs parallel to I-10 in between Essen Lane and Bluebonnet Boulevard near Our Lady of the Lake's main campus.
As one of the largest providers of pediatric care in Louisiana, the hospital's vision is to build a freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital that will serve as a premier destination for high-quality, advanced medical care for children within a statewide network of pediatric healthcare excellence.
Hospital plans include inpatient beds, an emergency room, surgical unit, and a dedicated hematology/oncology unit. Plans also include a connected medical office building.
Officials said every aspect of design is being done for children and the special care they need. Interior spaces will honor and reflect Louisiana culture and heritage. Every effort is being made to bring comfort to something that is traumatic for the little patients and their families.
"Each floor will have a theme and mascot. This provides wayfinding signs. It can be disorienting when you are up and worried about you child anything to make easier is helpful," Dr. Shaun Kemmerly, Chief Medical Officer.
The hospital will open with 80 beds and can expand to 130. It is the first stand alone children's hospital Louisiana has seen in 40 years.
OLOL Foundation president John Pale Funes said half of the fundraising goal of $50 million has been met.
The completion date is set for late 2018.