Ochsner breaks ground on south Baton Rouge facility 

    Ochsner Baton Rouge broke ground today on its newest location near the intersection of Bluebonnet Boulevard and Burbank Drive in south Baton Rouge.  

    The new health center is expected to include kiosk and mobile check-in so patients can spend more time in the exam room and less time in the waiting room, according to the health system’s announcement.    

    Eric McMillen, CEO of Ochsner’s Baton Rouge division, says in a prepared statement the location was selected because of growth in the surrounding area. The new facility will sit on 2.1 acres and span some 11,000 square feet, with the option to add an extra 8,000 square feet in the future.  

    Plans call for 15 exam rooms for primary care and enhanced obstetrics/gynecology. It will offer pelvic floor therapy and have dedicated space for both obstetricians and certified nurse midwives to offer a complement of reproductive health, preventative and well-woman services including annual exams. Lab services and OB/GYN ultrasound will be available as well for comprehensive and convenient care in one place. 

    GraceHebert Architects is designing the facility and Lincoln Builders Inc. is the general contractor. The health center is expected to open next spring. 

    The new facility is the latest in a series of expansions by the health system, which includes a 30,000-square-foot surgical hospital and 155,000-square-foot medical office building at Siegen Lane and Interstate 10 that opened earlier this year. In 2017, the $3.4 billion system completed a $13 million cancer center on its main campus on O’Neal Lane.

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