Ouachita Valley Federal Credit Union Provides Funds for Remodel of Playroom for St. Francis Pediatric Patients and Family Members

02/04/2021

The lounge and playroom area will provide comfort and relaxation for families of patients in the hospital’s dedicated Pediatric Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).  

MONROE, LA – The St. Francis Medical Center Foundation today unveiled the Ouachita Valley Federal Credit Union Pediatric Family Lounge along with a beautiful mural in the pediatric playroom.  The lounge and playroom area will provide comfort and relaxation for families of patients in the hospital’s dedicated Pediatric Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).  

A generous $25,000 gift from Ouachita Valley Federal Credit Union allowed St. Francis to remodel the area to include a much-needed kitchenette, homey furnishings, TV, and acrylic art for each patient room and throughout the halls to complete the pediatric/PICU décor.  

“It is so stressful when a child is in the hospital and our sincere hope is that this will allow parents and caregivers the support and respite they need when faced with those situations”, said Aimee Kane, VP of Business Development & Strategy and President of the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation. “It’s a wonderful, relaxing space and we just cannot express our gratitude enough to Ouachita Valley Federal Credit Union. They are such strong supporters and this donation further underscores their commitment to families in our community.”  

Jessica Nugent, Marketing Director for Ouachita Valley Federal Credit Union, stated, “Our goal is to make the greatest impact possible on our community’s well-being. This partnership with St. Francis gave us another avenue to do that and we are so pleased to be able to impact children and families in this way.” 

The lounge and playroom are very colorful and inviting and make for such a happy environment for pediatric patients and families. This is due to the generosity of Summer and Chris Fulton of Shelby’s Wish.  Shelby’s Wish sponsored talented artist, Lissy Compton of Mr. P’s Tees, to bring the rooms to life with a mural encompassing our region’s piney woods ecosystem including a curious bear, friendly fox, noble stag, and fun raccoon. The enchanting mural echoes the acrylic artwork images that now decorate the walls throughout the Pediatric and PICU units.

Kane stated, “Our prior playroom area also had a mural provided by Shelby’s Wish, but the space had to be repurposed to create our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. When Summer heard that we were finally able to reopen the playroom and family lounge in a new location, she was very excited and graciously agreed to be a part of that again.”

The family lounge and playroom are available for pediatric patients and their family members to utilize while receiving inpatient care at St. Francis. Individuals or businesses interested in supporting the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation can call (318) 988-7738.

About Our Lady of the Lake

Our Lady of the Lake is a not-for-profit healthcare ministry based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with more than 7,500 employees committed to serving the Capital Region and building a healthy community through excellence in patient care and education. With an 800-bed Regional Medical Center, a dedicated Children’s Hospital, a 78-bed hospital in Gonzales, Louisiana, two freestanding emergency rooms, and a 500+ provider Physician Group, Our Lady of the Lake provides comprehensive healthcare services for common to complex conditions. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is a primary teaching site for graduate medical education programs and is recognized in the areas of heart and vascular, trauma and emergency care, stroke, cancer care, minimally-invasive procedures and more. Our Lady of the Lake is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.

About Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is Louisiana’s fastest growing children’s hospital treating more than 100,000 patients annually from across Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The hospital is the only healthcare provider in the Baton Rouge area that provides a full range of pediatric services ranging from a 24/7 pediatric emergency room to a team of more than 100 pediatricians and pediatric specialists. For more information, visit www.ololchildrens.org.

The new freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is currently under construction and is set to open in 2019. To learn more about the project, visit www.letsbuildamazing.com.

About Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health is a collaborative, coordinated and child-focused statewide health network that provides patients with more access to physicians and providers specifically trained to care for children. The network includes hospital-based services at the main campus of Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital in Baton Rouge, as well as St. Francis Pediatrics in Monroe and Our Lady of Lourdes Women's and Children's in Lafayette. It also connects pediatricians, pediatric specialists and other health providers across our state with clinics in the Baton Rouge region, Hammond, Lafayette and Monroe. This model of coordinated pediatric healthcare extends the vital work happening at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital into more communities across Louisiana so families have greater access to expertise close to home.

About the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is one of the largest healthcare systems based in Louisiana and is the leading healthcare provider for more than half the state’s population. The health system is a non-profit, Catholic organization sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the ministry serves patients in Louisiana and Mississippi through a network of hospitals, clinics, physicians, elderly housing and integrated systems. The health system’s unified physician organization is comprised of 900 adult and pediatric primary care physicians and specialists. The system’s nine hospitals include St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge and Gonzales, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Heart Hospital, and Women's & Children's in Lafayette, Our Lady of the Angels in Bogalusa, and St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. For more information, visit www.fmolhs.org.

About Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group

With more than 450 healthcare providers throughout more than 70 locations, Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group is one of the area’s largest physician networks. In addition to primary care, this experienced group of doctors specializes in diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of illnesses and complex medical problems.

About St. Elizabeth Physicians

St. Elizabeth Physicians is the largest provider of primary and specialty care in Ascension Parish, employing over 50 primary care physicians, specialists and providers. St. Elizabeth Physicians has been recognized for quality by the Louisiana Quality Foundation, and as the Large Business of the Year twice by the Ascension Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit the St. Elizabeth Hospital website.

About St. Francis Medical Center

St. Francis Medical Center is a not-for-profit 316-bed medical center in Monroe, Louisiana with more than 1,800 team members committed to caring for those we serve. With an acute-care hospital, freestanding outpatient center, 19 outpatient clinics, and nearly 350 physician partners, St. Francis Medical Center provides comprehensive healthcare services for a variety of medical and surgical specialties. St. Francis offers Northeast Louisiana’s only Level III NICU, Level III OB, and Level II PICU services. St. Francis Medical Center leads the region in heart and vascular services, critical care, and complex and minimally invasive surgical procedures. The hospital offers an Accredited Chest Pain Center and Centers of Excellence in the areas of obstetrics, bariatric surgery, minimally invasive gynecology, and breast health.

About St. Francis Medical Group

With over 50 healthcare providers at 16 clinic locations, St. Francis Medical Group is one of the area’s largest physician networks and is backed by the resources of St. Francis Medical Center. In addition to primary care, this experienced group of providers specializes in diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of illnesses and complex medical problems. For more information visit the St. Francis Medical Center website.