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May 25, 2011

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Construction for Our Lady of the Lake's new Heart and Vascular Tower and Trauma Center and expanded ER is underway

Ground Breaking

Participating in the May 24th groundbreaking ceremony are (left to right): Dr. Walter Bringaze, Our Lady of the Lake Board of Directors; Gov. Bobby Jindal; Carroll Blewster, Architect, Bradley Blewster & Associates; Scott Wester, Chief Executive Officer, Our Lady of the Lake; Sr. Kathleen Cain, Provincial, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady North American Province; John Finan, Chief Executive Officer, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System; Terrie Sterling, Chief Operating Officer, Our Lady of the Lake; Alden Andre, Our Lady of the Lake Board Building and Planning Committee; Rebel Roberts, Design Principal and President of VOA

Heart and Vascular Tower

The Heart and Vascular Tower is a 9-story, 330,000 square foot building dedicated to heart and vascular patients. The tower will face Essen Lane and includes patient rooms, state-of-the-art operating rooms, catheterization and electrophysiology labs, ICUs and preop rooms.

Trauma Center

The new Trauma Center will provide access to the highest level of trauma care for the most critical cases. Currently, OLOL treats an average of 900 trauma patients per year even without a Level 1 Trauma Center. Today in Louisiana, there are only Level 1 Trauma Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport. Level I Trauma Centers have dedicated resources such as the 24/7 surgeons already at the Lake today, but also on-site anesthesia doctors round-the-clock. The intention of a Level I Trauma Center is to minimize the time from an accident or disaster to the injured patient being in an operating room. More lives are saved in communities with Level I Trauma Centers.

Expanded Emergency Room
The expanded emergency room will be about the size of two football fields and will have a helipad that can support two helicopters simultaneously if needed. There are separate treatment areas for adults, children and trauma patients.

 Look for more info about this exciting new development in coming months on our website.

State honors OLOL Children's Hospital for excellent care of sick and injured children

The Louisiana Emergency Services for Children and the Emergency Medical Services for Children’s Governor’s Council – a part of the Department of Health and Hospitals Bureau of Emergency Medical Services – awarded OLOL Children’s Hospital with the first Gold Bear Designation in Louisiana, recognizing dedication to excellent care of sick or injured infants and children.

To earn this recognition, OLOL Children’s Hospital Emergency Departments meets the following criteria:

  • The Emergency Department has specific pediatric medical equipment to meet the unique needs of infants and children.
  • Physicians are Board Certified in Pediatrics or Emergency Medicine and at least one physician has additional specialty training in pediatric emergency medicine.
  • An Emergency Department Physician and Nurse are designated as coordinators for pediatric care.
  • The Emergency Department has a specific safety program for pediatric care.
  • The OLOL Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is staffed by physicians with specialty training in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Pulmonology or Pediatric Anesthesia.

In 2010 alone, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital saw children from 59 of 64 Louisiana parishes and treated 70,000 children.

Have You Been Screened for the Most Prevalent Cancer?

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and the Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins is offering free skin cancer screenings May 27, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. BREC-Independence Park, Baton Rouge to encourage early detection. More than one million Americans develop skin cancer every year, accounting for nearly half of all U.S. cancers, according to national statistics from the American Cancer Society (ACS). 

According to Dr. Mitchell Berger, medical director of the Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins, “Catching skin cancer early is key and the most effective preventive method is sun avoidance.” 

Most skin professionals recommend a waterproof, broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 40 for children. Apply sunscreen at least one half hour before exposure. Don’t forget that lips get sunburned, too, so apply a lip balm that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Keep babies six months or younger out of the sun completely. Tanning beds and sun lamps provide more UV radiation and should be avoided. For more information on cancer screenings, please call (225) 215-1234 or (888) 616-4687, or visit The Cancer Center of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins online.

Do You Have Health Questions? OLOL Has Answers

Are those sniffles and sneezes indicators of a common cold, or something more serious? Should you be taking antibiotics along with your other medicines? When is your son or daughter’s bedwetting a matter of concern, versus a general childhood stage?

Our Lady of the Lake and Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group’s websites include short video clips with our doctors’ answers to these – and more – questions. Check out the “We Thought You’d Be Interested In” sections on both sites, and look for more topics to come in the future.

Shape Up Showdown Pays Off for One of Our Own

Nicole “Nikki” Boofer, a Certified Medical Assistant at the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic, has been working hard to lead a healthier lifestyle and, with the help of the OLOL Physician Group-sponsored Shape Up Showdown with WAFB, she has already made significant progress.  Nikki’s experience has included smaller clothes sizes, hitting a plateau, improvement in blood pressure, and significantly improved workouts. Nikki’s weight loss journal includes this entry: 

I know I have a long way to go and this is only the beginning. I had a friend from high school tell me to make small goals that lead up to my large goal. I am taking my weight loss journey 5 pounds at a time and each time I hit a five pound mark, I earn a sticker (see right) and the girls at work make a big deal out of it and that makes me feel great. Even the patients ask if I earned a sticker yet. I finally realized that losing weight has to be done for yourself and not for anyone else. I am doing this for ME.

Congratulations to Nikki and the eight other contestants on such great progress. Follow the participants’ journey on WAFB TV, online at wafb.com and on Our Lady of the Lake’s Facebook page

Five New Vehicles. Five New Winners!

OLOL Children’s Hospital congratulates the following winners of the Driving the Future campaign.

  • Toyota Double Cab Truck: Diane White
  • Toyota Prius: Sharon Polito
  • Toyota Highlander: Lisa Fair
  • Lexus IS250 Convertible: Gayle Hirschey
  • Nissan 4-Door Altima: Calvin Robbins

The  OLOL Children's Hospital thanks our partners  and all who purchased tickets benefiting life saving care for children in our community.

Free Community Seminars and Support Groups

  • New You Bariatric Surgery Support Group Meeting  – Thursday, June 2, Saturday, June 18
    The support group of the comprehensive bariatric surgery program at Our Lady of the Lake meets the first Thursday and third Saturday of every month, is led by the program coordinator, and brings in various speakers each month to talk about diet, exercise, emotional issues and other concerns.
  • Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You? June Seminar  - Thursday, June 2
    Lead a more active and healthy lifestyle. Enjoy doing the things you love. Learn about weight loss surgery at this free seminar. Bariatric surgeons, Dr. Mark HausmannDr. Karl LeBlanc,  Dr. Kenneth Kleinpeter and  Dr. Brent Allain will discuss how to determine if you are a candidate for the various surgical weight loss options available along with the benefits and risks associated with each.

    Seating is limited. Register online or by calling LakeLine Direct at (225) 765-LAKE (5253).

    These seminars are offered the first Thursday of every month.

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