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March 12, 2010

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Public-Private Collaboration for Graduate Medical Education

We are excited about our collaboration with LSU and believe this is a great opportunity for our community.  Here are some important facts we would like to know.

  1. We’re training doctors for our future. Having this strong physician training program in Baton Rouge assures there will be doctors to take care of our families. New doctors will want to practice here so there will be more specialized services. Approximately 70% of Louisiana's doctors were either trained or educated at LSU.
  2. OLOL will add a Level I Trauma Center for the community. More lives are saved in communities that have this important healthcare resource with specialized physicians.
  3. This public-private model saves the taxpayer money compared to building and operating a new university hospital in Baton Rouge.
  4. ER care for all local hospitals should be faster. With the Level 1 Trauma Center, the new LSU 24/7 Urgent Care Clinic and the expanded LSU clinics there will be more options for care.
  5. This better model of care will rival the best academic programs in our country.  Programs like Duke, Baylor and Johns Hopkins.
The Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget (JLCB) is expected to vote on the collaboration later this month.  Your support is critical and we look forward to keeping you informed on this collaboration in the coming months.

Level I Trauma Center Saves Lives

A Level I Trauma Center has highly specialized physicians and surgical capabilities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More lives are saved in communities that have Level I Trauma Centers.

A Level I Trauma Center is required to:
  • Have prompt availability of specialists in trauma surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, surgical critical care, rehabilitation medicine and emergency medicine to adequately respond to and care for the various forms of trauma. In addition, specialists in anesthesiology, radiology, plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery and internal medicine also need to be readily available.
  • Have an operating room dedicated solely to trauma patients.
  • Provide injury prevention programs in the community.
Currently, the only Level I Trauma Centers in Louisiana are in New Orleans and Shreveport.  The proposed OLOL – LSU collaboration calls for a Level I Trauma Center for Baton Rouge. 
Click here to read a news article from The Advocate newspaper on how this proposed Level I Trauma Center would positively impact our community.

OLOL Excels in Stroke Management

Nationwide, 795,000 people experience either new or recurrent strokes each year, ranking it number three among all causes of death.  In the previous year, almost 1,000 patients were admitted to Our Lady of the Lake for ischemic and hemorrahagic stroke. 

Our Lady of the Lake continues to set the standard of care for stroke patients and has implemented the American Stroke Association (ASA) Guidelines for the Management of Stroke.

The hospital established a goal of increasing compliance in the 10 ASA performance measures from 69% compliance to 90% compliance.
Through the establishment of a Stroke Alert Process implemented in the Emergency Department, more stringent measures of admitting and beginning treatment on a stroke patient within 60 minutes of emergency arrival, and creation of multiple stroke checklists and screenings, Our Lady of the Lake was able to increase seven out of ten ASA Performance Measures quarterly compliance rates to 100%! 

For more information on stroke prevention, visit ololrmc.com. Click here to watch a video about how the OLOL team responded within minutes to give Brenda the treatment she needed when she suffered a stroke.

Free Colon Cancer Screenings from the Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins

Stop by for a free take-home colon cancer screening kit that tests for occult, or hidden, blood in the stool. The take-home kit, which must be picked up by the user and is not a substitute for a colonoscopy but is just one form of colorectal cancer screening. The gold standard for colorectal cancer screening is the colonoscopy.

Screening Dates:
March 17 - CB Pennington YMCA
15555 Old Hammond Highway
10am – 2pm
No appointment required
March 20 - Lowe’s
10303 South Mall Drive
10am – 2pm
No appointment required
March 26 - Sam’s Wholesale
7685 Airline Highway
10am – 2pm
No appointment required
Click here for more more information about the OLOL / Mary Bird Perkins colon cancer program.

Our Lady of the Lake Helps Support the Sisters' Mission in Haiti

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Sisters, the sponsors of Our Lady of the Lake, operate a clinic and nutrition center in Aquin, Haiti which is about 70 miles away from Port Au Prince. The Sisters have partnered with local churches and are providing meals to about 250 families per day.

The Sisters began a food drive to help the people of Haiti.  This food drive began with donations from Our Lady of the Lake team members and expanded to include the community. 

Food donations accepted were dry beans, rice, powdered milk and any type of powdered baby formula.

The Food for Haiti Community Event was held from Thursday, March 4 - Sunday, March 7 on OLOL’s campus.  Food collected from this food drive filled about 95% of the 40 ft. shipping container able to store 43,000 lbs of food.  The Sisters’ pledged to fill the rest of the container with bags of rice and the full container will be delivered directly to Aquin, Haiti within the next couple of days.
Every pound of food donated made a huge difference to the Sisters’ ministry and the people of Haiti.  Thank you for your support!

Former OLOL Patient Wins High School Rudy Award

On February 3, Calob Leindecker, Parkview Baptist high school football player and Our Lady of the Lake patient featured in our “We Believe” advertising campaign, was named the “Most Inspirational High School Football Player” in America.  Leindecker was chosen as the winner of the 2009 High School Football Rudy Awards from over 390 nominees from 48 states.

The High School Football Rudy Awards, named after Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, honor inspirational football players who best define what Rudy refers to as the "The Four C’s": Character, Courage, Contribution and Commitment.  Nominees are chosen through public online voting and by a selection committee.

Calob also received a $10,000 academic scholarship to a college of his choice. Leindecker was presented his award by Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger in a ceremony on February 25, 2010 at Parkview Baptist School.

In addition to this amazing achievement, Calob was recently awarded the 2010 Louisiana Young Heroes award.  This award, given by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, honors students in grades 7 – 12 who have excelled in the classroom, have served their community or have shown great courage in overcoming adversity in their own lives.

Calob was helping a friend pull his truck off the levee when the truck rolled into reverse and crushed his leg. He was taken immediately to Our Lady of the Lake where a team of trauma specialists was there waiting. They did everything they could for Calob. With the help of a winning team at OLOL and a lot of hard work, he was able to get back to doing what he loved …playing football.

Click here to watch Calob's story told in his own words.

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