Ochsner has long focused on growing to serve patients in the Greater Baton Rouge region and beyond. The capital region is home to Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge, a full service, 150-bed facility, as well as 13 health centers across Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes. More than 2,000 employees, including more than 180 physicians and advanced practice providers, are dedicated to outstanding patient care for Baton Rouge-area patients, and in fall 2018 Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge earned its seventh consecutive Leapfrog A Grade for patient safety.
This already robust presence in greater Baton Rouge is being further strengthened with the opening of Ochsner Medical Complex – The Grove. Located adjacent to I-10, this 255,000-square-foot medical complex is the largest single project ever undertaken in Ochsner’s history. The Grove is a five-story medical office building and next-generation surgical hospital, which includes 10 overnight-stay optimal hospital rooms. The facility offers primary and specialty care, full-service diagnostics, surgical suites, non-invasive procedures, and physical and occupational therapy spaces, among other services.
Every aspect of The Grove’s innovative, forward-thinking approach has been designed with patient needs in mind. Greeters welcome patients and help guide them to either traditional registration or assist in using Ochsner’s new electronic registration kiosks. With nearly 250 exam and procedure rooms, The Grove’s medical office building has 40% more capacity than the facility it replaced and is capable of seeing more than 2,000 patients every day. We welcomed 21 new physicians in 2018, and we will continue to add to our Baton Rouge staff.
Additionally, a large retail pharmacy quickly dispenses prescriptions to clinic patients after their appointments and delivers prescriptions to patients in the hospital before they go home. The MRI Caring Suite is truly state-of-the-art, with precise imaging capability and quiet technology that’s combined with a customizable patient experience that includes music, adjustable lighting and video. And the occupational and physical therapy space features a large open concept, perfect for one-on-one rehabilitation, and a PT gym that offers aqua therapy.
The Grove also features a large O Bar, a retail space staffed by a technology specialist that offers the latest in interactive health technology to help patients seamlessly manage their health and wellness. More than 1,000 patients in the Baton Rouge area have already enrolled in our hypertension, diabetes and maternity digital medicine programs. The O Bar is perfect for them and other patients who want to leverage technology to improve their health. It offers a variety of physician-recommended products, such as activity monitors, wireless blood pressure monitors and scales, as well as guidance on the right digital product or app for each patient’s needs.