Child Life specialists at OLOL work with children to help them understand what will happen during their stay, and to comfort them in times of duress. Photo by Jeannie Frey Rhodes.

From the February issue: OLOL breaks new ground for children’s health

No parent wants to think of a child bound to a hospital bed, recovering from emergency surgery. But the reality—although not always so dire—is that the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge sees more than 100 patients every single day, and has hired an additional 20 specialists in the past five years to keep up with demand and changing technologies. Now, the hospital is almost ready to expand even more, into the brand-new facility under construction along I-10 across Essen Lane from the current site, and slated for operation in 2019.

With a fun-loving design in mind, the hospital’s aesthetic—vibrantly colored and brightly lit—puts children’s needs first, not just in terms of medical attention, but in terms of decor like child-sized desks, private bathrooms and extra outlets to charge devices. But all this is only secondary to the high-quality care provided by the hospital, where patients like Joy Sutton were able to receive open-heart surgery the moment she needed it.

To learn more about Sutton’s story and what to expect from the new OLOL Children’s Hospital, check out our cover story from the February issue of inRegister, available on newsstands now.