BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — According to the American College Surgeons, Our Lady of the Lake is verified as a Level 1 trauma Center, making it the first and only trauma center in the Capital Region and one of three in the state to receive the prestigious distinction.

“This is a big deal for our community and the nearly one million people who live and work in the region,” said Catherine O’Neal, MD, chief medical officer at Our Lady of the Lake. “A Level 1 trauma center designation means Our Lady of the Lake has the resources and care needed before, during and after a trauma event. Our trauma center saves countless lives every year, and I am extremely proud of the dedication and hard work that our trauma team provides day in and day out. We have the best physicians, nurses and partners to care for our community.”  

The verification highlights the robust, multi-disciplinary care model that OLOL has provided to the state of Louisiana for nearly 100 years.

Our Lady of the Lake’s trauma center benefits from the resources of being a nationally recognized academic medical center as the Baton Rouge healthcare partner of Louisiana State University. Additionally, a strong relationship with community physicians and a robust graduate medical education program support the trauma center’s care, training and research efforts. 

“I applaud the team at Our Lady of the Lake for their hard work and commitment to being designated a Level 1 trauma center,” said Governor John Bel Edwards. “As we continue to invest in our partner hospitals, I am amazed at the level of innovation, commitment to patient care and dedication to the community I see every day. This is great news for the Capitol Region, which cares for a large population of our state. Lives will be saved as Louisiana’s largest hospital is now recognized as having the ability to provide care for the most critically ill trauma patients.”

Our Lady of the Lake has operated as a Level 2 trauma center for the past nine years, serving as the primary destination for traumatic injuries in the region.

“A Level I trauma center requires a major commitment in hospital personnel and resources — focusing on patient care, education and research,” shared Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. “This new designation highlights the level of care that Our Lady of the Lake has provided our community for nearly a century.”

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