OLOL announces completed transition of LSU Graduate Medical Education, Inpatient and Outpatient Services and Opening of New Urgent Care Center in North Baton Rouge|
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center today announced that its public-private collaboration with Louisiana State University has officially gone into effect and the transition of physician training programs, and inpatient and outpatient services is complete. Also today, OLOL opened a new LSU Health Baton Rouge Urgent Care Center in North Baton Rouge that is open 24 hours and welcomes walk-in patients to treat minor illness and injury.
“Our Lady of the Lake began preparations for this transition more than three years ago and we are confident we can preserve graduate medical education for the future of our state and provide a seamless transition to maintain proper access to healthcare for the Baton Rouge community,” said Scott Wester, Chief Executive Officer of Our Lady of the Lake. “Our ministry calls us to provide high quality compassionate care, and to treat every individual with respect and dignity, while enhancing the availability of healthcare in our region. We believe that our collaboration with LSU can set the tone for a more effective healthcare system for our residents and our community.”
OLOL opened a new Urgent Care Center today in the LSU Health Baton Rouge North Clinic at 5439 Airline Highway. The Urgent Care Center is open 24 hours for patients with minor illness and injury and welcomes walk-ins. Patients with major life-threatening emergencies should always call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.
“The new Urgent Care Center will provide much-needed access to care for the North Baton Rouge community. This new setting can serve the majority of patients who would have formerly gone to the Earl K. Long emergency room and can treat patients for minor illness and injury,” said Stephanie Manson, OLOL Vice President of Operations. “Patient education about this new resource is a priority and we have placed messages all throughout the community and partnered with area and church leaders to inform people about the new Urgent Care Center.”
OLOL has also assumed the operations of the five outpatient clinics including a surgery center and pharmacy, which are now under the name LSU Health Baton Rouge. The LSU Health Baton Rouge clinics remain open and patients will continue to be seen by LSU doctors with the same financial policies as in the past. The clinics will honor previously scheduled appointments as well as continue to take new appointments.
These outpatient clinics include the MidCity Clinic and Pharmacy at 1401 N. Foster Drive, the North Clinic and Urgent Care Center at 5439 Airline Highway, the South Clinic at the Leo S. Butler Community Center at 950 E. Washington Street and the Perkins Surgery Center for outpatient surgery at 9032 Perkins Road. The Medicine and Medicine Specialty Clinics previously located on Earl K Long Medical Center's campus have reopened at a new location in the O'Donovan Medical Plaza, at 5131 O'Donovan Drive off Essen Lane near the OLOL hospital main campus.
OLOL is now the clinical site for LSU’s Baton Rouge-based physician training and graduate medical education programs. With the addition of the LSU programs to the hospital’s current Pediatric Residency Program, OLOL is considered a major academic medical center. More than 130 medical residents are currently rotating at OLOL’s campus.
“Making sure that we have great doctors and specialists in the future is critical for everyone and for the state of Louisiana. The majority of physicians practice within 100 miles of where they were trained and it is important to ensure that our communities have access to the care that they need,” said Wester. “Our new role as a major academic medical center gives patients access to the latest technology and procedures, research and clinical trials as well as top specialists. It also attracts doctors and leading experts to come here from across the country, increasing the fields of advanced medicine right here in our community and transforming the Baton Rouge region into a medical hub for jobs, business expansion and economic growth.”
With the LSU residents and faculty now moved to OLOL, LSU patients needing inpatient hospital care who were formerly treated at Earl K. Long Medical Center will now be treated by the LSU doctors at OLOL. Under this agreement, prisoners will not receive inpatient care at OLOL. OLOL’s existing policies regarding emergency care will still remain.
“The number of new patients needing hospital care at OLOL is about the same that we would typically see from a regular flu season,” said Manson. “There are between 500 and 600 patients in our hospital each day and we have added about 60 new inpatient beds, which include 20 mental health beds, and we have also expanded our emergency room to allow for quicker access to care.”
OLOL has recently hired nearly 350 new employees to work in the LSU Health Baton Rouge clinics, Urgent Care Center, and the hospital. Many of the employees hired formerly worked for the state and will continue in their previous roles serving in the same outpatient clinics.
For more information, visit www.TransitionLSUHealthBR.com.