Ochsner officially opens pediatric super-clinic

The following information is from Ochsner.

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Ochsner Baton Rouge is pleased to announce the opening of its superclinic for children at the Ochsner Medical Complex – The Grove. The public announcement of the clinic’s opening was made via a Facebook video highlighting the clinic space. In the video, children serve as clinical staff while the patients are represented by superheroes. The first child was seen at the superclinic on November 11 at 7:40 a.m. In addition, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children will be available at the super clinic on Thursdays from 4-7pm.

The new space — which is approximately 18,000 square feet and covers almost the entire fifth floor of the building — combines pediatricians with pediatric specialist services, all under one roof. This strategy helps parents avoid the traffic from Baton Rouge for appointments in different locations. In addition, the new superclinic architecture provides children with a fun, friendly and welcoming environment that, as it becomes a familiar space, will help reduce anxiety.

As medicine advances at an accelerated pace, most children do not require extensive inpatient hospital services. The Grove offers same-day surgery for children through its hospital surgical component.

“This is a modern and medically advanced clinic built as a one-stop shop dedicated to the health and well-being of our children,” said Chuck Daigle, CEO of Ochsner Baton Rouge. “Most children need outpatient care in a clinic or in a surgery center on the same day – everything we have here at The Grove. Our team of dedicated caregivers deliver this care here in Baton Rouge. It’s great to be able to take your child to three doctor’s appointments in one place and not have to drive to multiple locations.”

Design elements throughout the space are underwater themed with bubbles, fish, bright ocean colors and blooming aquatic plants on glass panels. A showcase of the waiting room are kid-friendly built-in cutouts intended for children to use as “kids-only” reserved seating. Examination rooms were built on the outside of the space, providing ample natural lighting around the patient rooms and hallways.

Medical services include General Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedics, Pediatric Urology, Pediatric Cancer Care, Pediatric Hepatology, Pediatric ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat), Pediatric General Practice, Pediatric Pulmonology, Surgery – and youth psychiatry, allergy and dermatology.

A key feature that will lead to physician-physician collaboration, idea generation and greater medical innovation is the convergence of the physician spaces at the core of the superclinic. With multiple specialties together, some children may have multiple appointments with different doctors on the same day and never leave their exam room.

There are 48 patient rooms on the fifth floor, including a 3,318-square-foot special development center for children. This area within the superclinic will include physical, occupational, speech and nutritional therapy. It is designed to provide personalized, family-centered patient care, such as Ochsner’s Michael R. Boh Center for Child Development. Additional services for children include EEG, infusion, lung testing and breastfeeding support.

The project represents a $6.8 million investment, including more than $700,000 in pediatric medical equipment. The contractor for the project was The Lemoine Company and the architect was Grace Hebert Curtis Architects.

Ochsner Baton Rouge foresees nearly 200,000 pediatric visits to The Grove over the next five years. In addition to The Grove, general pediatrics continue to be available at Ochsner clinics throughout the region at Ochsner Community Health – Brees Family Center and five Ochsner Health Centers (Bluebonnet South, Goodwood, O’Neal, Prairieville, and Zachary).

“Our growing presence in the pediatrics field is impressive and one of the reasons I chose to come to Ochsner,” said James Wayne, MD, Divisional Director of Pediatrics, Ochsner Baton Rouge. “We provide general pediatrics across the region to provide parents with convenient options. With all of our specialists central, kids here in Baton Rouge can easily get the care they need.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment with an Ochsner practitioner, call (225) 761-5200, or visit Ochsner.org/doctors to schedule an appointment online. Online appointments are also available through the MyOchsner patient portal.

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