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Ground Broken for LSU Medical Education and Innovation Center

LSU Health Medical Education and  Innovation Center 
LSU Health Medical Education and Innovation Center

Baton Rouge LSU and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center held the groundbreaking ceremony on July 10 for the $19 million LSU Health Medical Education and Innovation Center at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, 5246 Brittany Drive, in Baton Rouge.

Part of the LSU and OLOL collaboration to expand access to healthcare services in the region and enhance graduate medical education, the center will consolidate LSU Health graduate medical education programs (GME) in Baton Rouge and create a hub for LSU academic faculty in a first-rate healthcare learning environment.

LSU's longstanding mission of GME is a natural fit with the OLOL commitment to GME and status as a major teaching hospital. With about 70 percent of Louisiana's doctors receiving training in LSU clinics and hospitals, the collaboration presents a unique opportunity to strengthen GME and expand the footprint of academic medicine in Baton Rouge.

The Medical Education and Innovation Center and OLOL will support the annual education and training of nearly 200 medical residents in LSU Health GME programs. The new four-story, 35,000 square-foot building will have lecture and conference rooms with the latest audiovisual technology, intimate learning spaces and study areas, research and simulation laboratories and faculty offices.

The second-floor, state-of-the-art Simulation and Innovation Center will allow teaching that improves safety within patient care, permitting residents and students to learn new skills and refine advanced medical techniques. Center technology will include social interactive tools for training residents on professionalism and communicating important news to patients.

Architect’s rendering of entrance
Architect's rendering of entrance

The simulation center will include the training system known as TraumaMan. Created for teaching advanced trauma surgical skills, the system employs a body form designed for students to practice advanced surgical procedures, such as cricothyhroidotomy, percutaneous tracheostomy, needle decompression, chest-tube insertion, pericardiocentesis, diagnostic peritoneal lavage and intravenous cutdown.

The Medical Education and Innovation Center will provide a critical link between the classroom and clinical setting. Video integration will provide live streaming of surgical procedures to lecture rooms, greatly enhancing teaching. The new building and its technological capabilities will give LSU faculty the resources they need to teach twenty-first century medicine. Better training means better healthcare for residents of greater Baton Rouge.

The center is a key component of the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement signed by the state, OLOL and LSU in 2010 to establish a public-private partnership to deliver high-quality medical education and healthcare services to the Baton Rouge region. Besides addressing healthcare training, the collaboration directly addresses improved access to services for the uninsured including specialty services, urgent care available around the clock in North Baton Rouge and expanded outpatient services.

The collaboration also includes a new Level 1 trauma center at OLOL. With construction begun in May 2011, it will be the third Level 1 trauma center in the state. The other two are at the Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans and LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. Essentially a hospital within a hospital, a Level 1 trauma center has medical staff and support services available around the clock, capable of treating the severest injury.

As a regional referral center for all varieties of complex medical care and surgical problems, OLOL will provide a rich training environment for LSU GME that will migrate to it from Earl K. Long Medical Center when it closes in late 2013.

The new Medical Education and Innovation Center and OLOL hospital will support the LSU GME programs in emergency medicine, dermatology, internal medicine, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, psychiatry and surgery. The center will also serve GME programs developed by OLOL.