Ground could break on new OLOL Children's Hospital by December
BATON ROUGE - Officials with Our Lady of the Lake released new details about their proposed new children's hospital in Baton Rouge Thursday morning and said they could break ground on the project by the end of the year.
CEO Terrie Sterling said the hospital has spent the past 18 months working with doctors, architects and patient families to put together the best new addition to children's care they could. On Thursday they released renderings and further updates about their progress on the new hospital.
"At this point in the process, we are finalizing the design of the hospital and will soon begin construction documents. In addition, there are a series of approvals needed before we can break ground, including a community open house and the completion of our application to the Planning and Zoning Commission," Sterling said.
The plans call for Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital to be built on land near OLOL's main campus that's between Essen and Bluebonnet. The hospital will include inpatient beds, an ER, surgical unit, and a dedicated blood and cancer unit affiliated with the St. Jude network.
"We understand children are not small adults and they require unique care in a specialized environment with equipment designed especially for them," said Shaun Kemmerly, MD, chief medical officer for Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.
Preliminary estimates put the new hospital's costs at $200 million. If all goes as planned Sterling said they could break ground as early as December.