OLOL performs first surgeries under LSU partnership
Surgeons at Our Lady of the Lake's renovated Perkins Surgery Center on Tuesday performed the first surgery on a patient who would ordinarily have been treated at Earl K. Long Medical Center before its closure. That's according to a news release today from LSU Health Baton Rouge, a division of Our Lady of the Lake. The new surgery center is averaging 16 to 19 procedures a day, officials say, compared to last month's average of six surgeries per day at Earl K. Long. Since services and programs were transferred from EKL to OLOL on April 15, officials say, through April 25:
• A 1,200-prescription backlog has been cleared, and turnaround time has been improved.
• The urgent care clinic in north Baton Rouge has seen 442 patients.
• The number of residents on clinical rotations at OLOL increased from 73 to 163.
The original agreement to shut down EKL and transfer most of the public hospital's services was reached in 2010; you can read a Business Report cover story about that deal here.
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