Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Location 5000 Hennessy Blvd, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Care system Private - Religiously operated
Hospital type Community-based and Teaching Hospital
Affiliated university Louisiana State University, Our Lady of the Lake College, Tulane University, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Emergency department Adult & Pediatric Emergency Services
Beds 1,020
Founded 1923
Website http://www.ololrmc.com/
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Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (OLOLRMC) is a general medical and surgical facility located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is a Catholic Hospital member of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS). The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and it is also a teaching hospital.

OLOLRMC is the dominant institution in health care in the Greater Baton Rouge area and the largest private medical center in Louisiana, with 763 licensed beds. In a given year, OLOLRMC treats approximately 25,000 patients in the hospital, and services about 350,000 persons through outpatient locations. It has a complement of almost 900 physicians and 3,000 staff members. The Lake also operates two nursing homes, has an affiliated cancer facility adjacent to the main hospital, and operates a number of outpatient services on its campus as well as in outlying locations.

According to the most recent survey data 82,775 patients visited the hospital's emergency room; a total of 34,016 patients were admitted. Its physicians performed 10,214 inpatient and 7,019 outpatient surgeries.

OLOLRMC stands as a living, working model of modern healthcare, inspired each day by the mission of Mother de Bethanie and the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady.



In 1911, Mother de Bethanie Crowley and five Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady made an historic voyage to America to serve the sick and needy. Eight years after establishing a hospital in Monroe, Louisiana, Mother de Bethanie was invited to Baton Rouge by Monsignor Francis Leon Gassler of St. Joseph's Cathedral and a group of leading local physicians, to tour the downtown area in search of a suitable location for a hospital to serve the 22,000 residents of the small river town. Mother de Bethanie insisted on a patch across University Lake from the original Louisiana State University campus.

On November 4, 1923, the four-story brick structure of Our Lady of the Lake Sanitarium opened its doors to the city. For nearly 55 years, Our Lady of the Lake provided comfort and peace of mind to residents of Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas. As the hospital's services grew, so did its reputation as a caring, healing facility marked by medical excellence. On April 2, 1978, the original hospital was closed and a 460-bed, state-of-the-art facility on Essen Lane opened to better serve a population that had grown to the south and east of the original location.

Mission and Affiliation

OLOLRMC is the only Catholic-sponsored hospital in Greater Baton Rouge area and the oldest unbroken ownership and affiliation of any area hospital (1923–present). It is aligned with three FMOL Health System sister hospitals across Louisiana (Our Lady of Lourdes in Lafayette; St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe; St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales). FMOL Health System delivered more than $46 million in services to those most in need across its sponsored facilities’ communities in fiscal year 2005 (the sum of community service, Medicaid and free service).

Children’s Hospital

The OLOL Children's Hospital is a hospital within a hospital that has 87 inpatient pediatric beds including: 61 medical/surgical, 14 Level 1 PICU and 10 Hematology/Oncology unit. It has in excess of 6,300 discharges annually and is rapidly becoming the largest pediatric provider in Louisiana. This is the only 24/7 pediatric emergency room department in the Baton Rouge area. OLOLRM also has the only Certified Child Life Specialists Department in the area and a dedicated Pediatric Sedation Service. It has more than 100 Pediatricians and Family Practice doctors on staff. Also offers a highest level of Pediatric specialty care services. OLOLRM is affiliated to Woman's Hospital for NICU and Newborn care. Pediatric Heme-Onc service is a St. Jude Children's Hospital affiliate. It is also home to Louisiana's newest Pediatric Residency Program and only in Baton Rouge area. Expected beginning of construction of a separate Children's Hospital in 2013.

Clinical Services

Cancer Care

  • More inpatient visits than any other local cancer center.
  • Largest area outpatient treatment capacity.
  • Among the first 10 U.S. hospitals accredited in cellular therapy.
  • Includes Oncology Special Care Unit, providing complex care for acutely ill patients in a highly controlled environment.
  • Baton Rouge area’s only peripheral blood stem cell transplantation program.
  • Only high-dose Interleukin II chemotherapy treatment center in Louisiana.
  • Among the first five accredited integrated cancer centers in the country.
  • Features CancerFit, the area's only comprehensive wellness program designed to help patients better tolerate cancer treatment and regain the best possible physical fitness after treatment.
  • Conducts more annual outreach programs and cancer screenings than any other provider in Louisiana.

Cardiac Care

  • More open-heart procedures than any other Louisiana hospital.
  • Frequent participation in innovative research and patient trials.
  • Specialized electrophysiologists.
  • Specialists in less-invasive, less-traumatic heart surgeries.
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic, surgical and critical care units.


  • More total joint procedures than any other Louisiana hospital.
  • Lake Joint Effort, the state’s most coordinated, comprehensive joint replacement and rehabilitation program.
  • The area’s only dedicated orthopedic nursing unit.
  • On-duty trauma specialists to expedite fracture management care.

Imaging Technology

  • Portable digital imaging systems.
  • Picture archiving communication system (PACS) technology allows the radiologist and nuclear medicine physicians to read images faster and produce reports quicker. As soon as the documents are complete, referring physicians can receive reports and images via the Internet at their offices.
  • Installed the first 16-slice and 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanning technology in the Baton Rouge area, offering cardiac scanning for early detection of coronary artery disease.
  • The only Nuclear Medicine department in Louisiana with ICANL (Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories) accreditation.
  • The special procedures unit performs more than 200 types of interventional radiology and non-surgical vascular procedures, including coiling procedures, stent procedures, ablations and atherectomies.

Patient Safety and Technology

  • First hospital in the world using an integrated radiology information system (RIS) and PACS to achieve a completely filmless environment.
  • One of the nation’s Top 15 Most Connected Healthcare Facilities (for digital imaging and information systems; Health Imaging and IT magazine).
  • Among the most advanced clinical information system in the nation.
  • Only hospital in Baton Rouge that uses bar-coding to ensure correct medication for 100% of patients.
  • Features a Medical Emergency Team, which is on call if a patient is in distress and his or her physician can’t be located within 10 minutes.
  • Mobile Virtual ICU: allows hospital intensivists to monitor critically ill or injured patients around the clock from a remote location.
  • Addition of a Level I Trauma Center, one of the many benefits of the proposed OLOL–LSU collaboration.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credential Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. Only five percent of hospitals achieve Magnet status. Expect a higher level of quality care when being treated at a Magnet facility.
  • Center of Blue Distinction for Knee and Hip Replacement by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association for an unprecedented level of transparency for both consumers and providers of healthcare.
  • Consumer Choice Award for the twelfth consecutive year for the hospital with the highest overall quality and image in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area.
  • Gold Level Louisiana Hospital Quality Award, presented by eQHealth Solutions for successfully implement quality initiatives directed toward improving patient care in the hospital setting.
  • 2008 Level III Louisiana Performance Excellence Award, the highest honor awarded by the Louisiana Quality Foundation and earned by organizations for outstanding results in key focus areas including: organizational leadership, strategic planning, customer focus, workforce focus, process management as well as measurement and analysis.

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