New ER Opens In Northern Part Of Louisiana's Capital City

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Our Lady of the Lake leadership joined Gov. John Bel Edwards, state officials and community leaders in marking the official opening of the new Our Lady of the Lake North Emergency Room on Nov. 15.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The opening of a new emergency room in north Baton Rouge, which has been without ER service for years, is being celebrated by Louisiana leaders.

Gov. John Bel Edwards attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center emergency room.

The facility opened shortly thereafter. It will be staffed around-the-clock with eight treatment rooms, a full-service lab and pharmacy and is able to provide patients with on-site CT and X-ray imaging. It is expected to treat more than 10,000 patients annually.

Louisiana paid $5.5 million to build the facility.

Baton Rouge leaders have said the northern part of the city has been undeserved since former Gov. Bobby Jindal shuttered the charity hospital there as part of his privatization of LSU's hospitals and patient services.

The new ER is attached to an LSU Health urgent care clinic operated by Our Lady of the Lake.

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