Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center reaches out to Baton Rouge residents with a helping hand. Participating in teaching programs for LSU and Tulane medical schools, the medical center has some 700 inpatient beds and includes emergency, surgery, general medical, and specialty care centers for conditions including heart disease, cancer, orthopedics, and ENT (ear, nose, and throat) disorders. Our Lady of the Lake also includes a Children's Hospital, two nursing homes, and an independent-living facility, and it offers outpatient services at its main campus and at satellite facilities throughout the greater Baton Rouge area. Our Lady of the Lake was founded in 1923 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady.
As a major facility in the Baton Rouge area, Our Lady of the Lake has been expanding its services in the region in recent years. In 2012, for instance, the hospital constructed a freestanding emergency room facility in the suburban community of Livingston, Louisiana. It is also building a new nine-story patient tower to the main hospital campus; the tower will house the heart and vascular center, as well as an expanded ER and a new level 1 regional trauma center, and will be completed in late 2013.
Our Lady of the Lake has also expanded its education programs. For instance, it added a pediatric residency program in 2010. The hospital also moved to extend its relationship with LSU that year by agreeing to become the primary clinical site for the LSU medical school. The agreement came as LSU considered whether to build a replacement hospital for its aging teaching facility and coincides with the Our Lady of the Lake expansion projects. The partnership launched a new psychiatric residency program in 2012. – less