Today is National Walking Day

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this morning’s festivities to celebrate National Walking Day.   Walking is something that we can all do more of to improve our health and wellness and calm stress. A good place to start is by parking farther away, taking the stairs, or getting up during your lunch break to walk around the halls. Take inspiration from our own Mrs. Terrie Sterling and watch a video to encourage us to becoming a healthier workplace.

Even when it is raining outside, we can still celebrate walking more. Earlier today, we had a fashion show featuring walking shoes that were designed by several departments and emceed by local celebrity chef, Holly Clegg.

Grab a co-worker and visit OLOL’s walking path to walk towards good health. 

Front Entrance Closure, Employee Drop Off Location Moved

Beginning on Monday, April 8, construction work will begin at the Main Entrance to the hospital. The circle drive will be reduced to one lane and will be reserved for patients and guests only. Team member pick up and drop off location has been moved. See the following options below.

New Team Member Drop Off & Pick Up Location: The team member pick up and drop off location has moved from the main entrance of the hospital to the employee rear entrance located off of the service road by MRI. The hospital main entrance will be used for patients and visitors only.

10-minute Waiting Area: There are limited parking spaces in Parking Lot 2 for vehicles waiting to pick up employees. Employees must cross Hennessy to meet the vehicle.

Thank you for your cooperation during our construction. Work is expected to last in the area until mid-Summer

In addition to work at the main entrance, the median at Hennessy and Flanders will close. All vehicle traffic leaving the hospital will turn right onto Hennessy Blvd.  

Fest for Life this Saturday

Clinical volunteers are needed for the Fest for Life event on April 6, 10 am – 2 pm at the Bon Carre’ Business Center. Clinical (CAP nurses) volunteers are needed to assist with health screenings offered at the event.

In its sixth year, this free health event recognizes Minority Cancer Awareness Week and offers free screenings and fun activities for the entire family. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Randee Rousseau at (765-8037,

LOPA Honors Organ Donors

The Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) will team with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center to honor our Silent Heroes from 2012. The ceremony will be this Thursday, April 4 at 2:00 pm in the Rosary Chapel.

In 2012, thirty-three men, women and children became organ donors at OLOL. They gave a second chance at life to 93 people who were waiting on life-saving transplants. Those heroes were also able to give the gift of sight to 40 individuals through corneal transplants.

Following the ceremony, the families of organ donors will gather outside the auditorium to release butterflies in honor of all Silent Heroes.

Donor pictures and their stories will be on display in the auditorium. Once the event is complete, these posters will be hung in the Critical Care Waiting Area and in the Pediatric Wing.

Transplant recipients will also be in attendance. Some will be included on OLOL’s wall.

Easter Prayer and Praise Service

A Prayer and Praise Service will be held in celebration of the Easter Season on this Friday, April 5 from 10 – 10:20 am in the Rosary Chapel. All are invited for this brief community prayer to celebrate Easter together. For more information, contact Judy Deshotels, Ph.D. (, 765-7075), Chairperson, Spirit Link Mission Services Committee.

Spring Garden Planting

OLOL team members are invited to be volunteer gardeners and plant seedlings in the Team Member Garden this Saturday, April 6 at 9:00 am. Family members are also invited to join.

In return for your participation in Spring planting time, you will receive some of the harvested vegetables and herbs that are grown. Both experienced and novice gardeners are needed.

As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady in September of 2011, each FMOLHS sponsored organization gifted the Sisters with the commitment to establish a garden that benefits team members offering access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The garden is a program supported by Spirit Link’s Mission Services Committee.

The purpose of the Our Lady of the Lake Team Member Garden is to promote an awareness of God’s creation and abundant grace and promote healthy eating habits through access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The team members who work the garden (as volunteer gardeners or in other ways supportive of the garden) will be able to bring what they grow and what they learn back to their own families.

For more information, contact Judy Deshotels, Ph.D. (, 765-7075), Chairperson, Spirit Link Mission Services Committee.

Healing Mass this Friday

A special Healing Mass will be held this Friday at 11:30 am in the OLOL Rosary Chapel. The Healing Mass will include a Healing Reflection by Fr. Peter Ai Dang, and a relic of Blessed Fr. Seelos will be placed on the altar during Mass, to remain at the end of the Mass for those who wish to venerate by coming up to touch or kiss it. The priest will offer the anointing of the sick for those who need to receive this Sacrament. All are welcome to attend.

Last Week to Buy Raffle Tickets for Heart Walk

The AHA Heart Walk is coming up next Saturday, April 13 and this is the last week to buy a raffle ticket to win one of many prizes. You can purchase one pull for $5.00 or five pulls for $20.00. If your number is pulled, you get to pick one of the following prizes:

  • Bayou Country Superfest Package – Includes two 1-day passes to the Bayou Country Superfest, 1 premium parking pass, dinner for two at TJ Ribs, a selection of 5 CD’s or digital downloads of performing artists
  • iPad – Win one 3rd generation iPad equipped with AT&T or Verizon plan)
  • $500.00 gift card

You can purchase a raffle ticket tomorrow, Thursday outside of the OLOL Foundation Office from 10:30-12:30.

Sign up here to participate in the Heart Walk on Saturday, April 13 and sign up for one of the OLOL Heart Walk Teams.

Support our Cancer Center to Win a Paris Trip

Spend five days and four nights living the Parisian life with a fabulous dream vacation to Paris, France! Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

All proceeds from the raffle will support free cancer screenings, early detection and education programs, clinical trials and survivorship programs for cancer survivors at the Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center.

Life Begins at 50 event, April 20

Our Lady of the Lake is the primary sponsor for this year’s Life Begins at 50 event at the Baton Rouge River Center on April 20. Bring your family and friends to receive free screenings and education and information for seniors and their caregivers.  In recognition of the changing lifestyle that occurs as we age, Life Begins at 50 will include seminars, entertainment and food presentations geared to the interests of people over fifty. The event will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 8 am – 3 pm.

Driving the Future

Check out the five Lexus vehicles from the Driving the Future campaign on the flagpole hill in our circle drive by Entrance 2! Tickets for Driving the Future are now on sale to the public and team members still have a chance to purchase tickets for two payroll deductions of $25 by clicking here. You can also buy tickets at the OLOL Foundation office (first floor of St. Mary’s Tower between CC’s and Subway). Another one-time $50 payroll deduction will be available in the coming weeks as we get closer to the drawing.

Drive the future of lifesaving care by supporting the Children’s Hospital’s only raffle of 2013. 

Five winners of five vehicles will be chosen on May 16, 2013. Look for more information on LakeLink in the coming weeks. Driving the Future car giveaway will be the only raffle drawing for 2013 so don't miss out!

Patient Safety Month Winners

Thank you to our spirited team members for their participation in patient safety month. We would also like to offer a special thank you to the many survey participants for demonstrating our commitment to improving patient safety. Patient Safety is essential to the quality of healthcare that we provide at Our Lady of the Lake. Congratulations to our raffle winners:

Darrel McNell – Mental Health Technician
Sharon Caldwell – CNA in Med 5
Stacie Campiere – RN in Surgery/Trauma
Larry Landry – Plant Management