Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has broken ground on a new hospital, which is estimated to cost $230m.
The new six-storey facility will be spread out on 66 acres that runs parallel to I-10 in between Essen and Bluebonnet near Our Lady of the Lake's main campus in Baton Rouge.
The new 350,000 sq ft hospital will feature inpatient beds, a pediatric emergency room, surgical unit, a dedicated hematology/oncology unit, as well as playrooms on every floor.
The project, which is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2018, will also involve construction of a four-storey medical office building primarily for pediatric medical specialists. The building will cover an area of 95,000 sq ft.
Our Lady of the Lake Foundation president John Paul Funes said: "To date we have raised half of our initial goal of $50 million but fundraising is ongoing and will not stop once we reach our goal. Philanthropy plays an important role in most children's hospitals and allows hospitals to purchase life-saving equipment, invest in programs that benefit the health and wellness of all patients and purchase unique and special items that help make the hospital and its treatments and procedures less scary for patients."