BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The highly anticipated new children’s hospital in Baton Rouge officially opened its doors early Saturday morning.
Thirty-eight patients were moved from the regional medical center to the new children’s hospital on Saturday. The emergency department saw its first patient at 6:10 a.m.
Six surgeries were scheduled for Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.
Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, located at 8300 Constantin Boulevard, currently treats more than 100,000 patients annually from all 64 parishes, as well as children from Mississippi, Texas, and Arkansas.
The new hospital includes an emergency room that is expected to see more than 35,000 patients annually, a surgical suite of five operating rooms, a 30-bed intensive care unit, 40 medical/surgical in-patient beds and a hematology/oncology floor with 30 in-patient specialized beds and one of only eight outpatient St. Jude Affiliate Clinics in the nation.
The children’s hospital is also home to a pediatric transport team that has transported more than 1,250 patients over the last six years from the surrounding region.
The $230 million project was made possible in part by a $55 million private capital campaign and $20 million in state capital outlay funds.
“We could not have done this without the help of so many and the support of a community that believes in our mission as much as we do," said Kelly Hurtado, executive director of the Our Lady of the Lake Foundation. "Now, our efforts will shift to focus on new initiatives and programs for the Children’s Hospital such as supporting and expanding our services for chronic illnesses, child life programs, surgical services, and our trauma program.”
Officials say the more than 360,000 square feet facility will be an anchor for advanced pediatric care and specialized programming for patients and families from across Louisiana and the surrounding region.
QUICK FACTS FROM THE FIRST 8 HOURS:
- The hospital received 3 admits (not via transfer)
- The hospital received 26 emergency department visits
- 38 patients were transferred to the new facility from the main campus
- At 6:01 a.m. the hospital received its first emergency department to the emergency department transfer request.
- The first patient arrived via transfer at 6:07 a.m.
- The first patient walked into the emergency department at 6:10 a.m.
- The last patient from transfer arrived at 8:49 a.m.
- Six surgeries were scheduled for Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.