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Dec 09, 2013
Facility is result of historic public-private partnership between Our Lady of the Lake and LSU
BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined officials from LSU and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (OLOL) to mark the opening of the new LSU Health Medical Education and Innovation Center on OLOL’s main hospital campus. The new center will serve as a hub for LSU’s Baton Rouge-based physician training and graduate medical education programs and will offer a state of the art learning environment for students. The center is part of the state’s historic public-private hospital partnerships that strengthen care for the people of Louisiana, lower costs and improve graduate medical education for future doctors across the state.
As a result of the partnership, OLOL became the clinical site for LSU’s Baton Rouge-based physician training and graduate medical education programs. The new center will house those programs and provide cutting-edge learning technology, enriching the overall medical education experience for students. The new facility includes a Simulation and Innovation Center, which will allow medical students to practice surgery procedures and other medical care services with high-tech mannequins and simulators. Additionally, the building has technology capabilities that allow operating room procedures to be live-streamed into classrooms. Students and faculty in Baton Rouge will also be able to video-conference with classes at LSU’s medical school in New Orleans. This new technology will make the area a regional destination for physician training, medical care and research, and will help to recruit top physicians and specialists to OLOL.
Governor Jindal said, “The LSU Medical Education and Innovation Center at Our Lady of the Lake is great news for health care in our state. This new center will transform medical education for medical students and attract more high quality doctors to Louisiana. The new facility will enrich the experience of students by giving them access to world-class health technology and live operating room experiences that are not offered anywhere else in our state. This new center is just one piece of the state’s historic public-private partnerships, which are continuing to improve care and educate the doctors of tomorrow, all while saving taxpayers money.”
The Simulation and Innovation Center in the new building will provide training for students and current health care professionals who want to update their surgical skills. It will also serve local nursing students, first responders and other medical and emergency teams. The center will include “TraumaMan” simulation training, which is a tool used to practice advanced surgical procedures and prepare for trauma situations. It will also expand training opportunities for OLOL’s new Level 1 Trauma Center, which the hospital is working to obtain over the next two years. The center will also include a medical library, conference rooms, lecture halls, a café, and a large common area with student study areas.
The Governor said that as a result of the partnership, and the ability to train students at OLOL, LSU’s medical education programs are improving. Between 165 – 190 medical residents and students are training at the OLOL campus each month. Prior to the transition, this number was approximately 77 per month. This number is expected to grow to nearly 315 during the 2013-14 academic year, which includes 40 LSU medical students that were recently approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education to complete their third and fourth years in Baton Rouge.
“This impressive facility will play a significant role in preparing the next generations of Louisiana’s physicians and dentists right here in Baton Rouge,” noted Dr. Larry Hollier, Chancellor of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. “We have been notified by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education that our application to establish a branch program of our medical school in Baton Rouge has been approved. We now have the go ahead, beginning next year, to place about 40 medical students in Baton Rouge to complete their third and fourth years of medical education.”
Residents who will use the new building will train in areas such as Emergency Medicine, Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Psychiatry, as well as General and Vascular Surgery. The building will also serve GME programs developed by OLOL.
“Great education for medical residents means more advanced care for patients and this facility provides a high level of sophisticated training experiences,” said K. Scott Wester, CEO of Our Lady of the Lake. “Being an academic medical center is a part of our long-standing mission of education and this role gives patients greater access to innovative treatments, technology and research as well as recruits top physicians to our community.”
Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert said, “This collaboration between LSU and Our Lady of the Lake is a critical part of the future of health care in Louisiana. Already LSU medical residents are using Our Lady of the Lake as a rich training ground and this newly opened facility will increase their educational opportunities and experience many times over. This is an exciting day not only for medical education in our state, but also for our public-private partnerships.”