House Bill 2 Provides Critical Funding for Freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ officially signed House Bill 2, also known as Capital Outlay, into law. Included in the fiscal year 2019 capital outlay budget was $5,000,000 in priority one and $7,763,900 in priority two. 

“On behalf of our entire ministry and Louisiana’s children, we want to thank those Baton Rouge area legislators who worked so diligently to secure critical funding for the freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital,” said K. Scott Wester, president and CEO of Our Lady of the Lake. “Without their extraordinary efforts this funding would not have been possible. We’d also like to thank Gov. Edwards for his continued support. The health of countless children from throughout Louisiana will be improved because of their efforts. 

“I’d like to specifically thank Senators Regina Barrow, Gerald Boudreaux, Dan Claitor, Yvonne Colomb, Dale Erdey, Eddie Lambert, Edward Price, Rick Ward, and Mack ‘Bodi’ White and Representatives Chad Brown, Barbara Carpenter, Steve Carter, Franklin Foil, Kenneth Havard, ‘Ted’ James, Edmond Jordan, Denice Marcelle, Rogers Pope, Patricia Smith, and Major Thibaut.” 

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