- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards and Baton Rouge leaders are celebrating the start of construction on a new emergency room in the northern part of the city, which has been without ER services.

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center’s ER is expected to open in October, staffed around-the-clock with eight treatment rooms and expected to treat 11,000 patients annually.

The state is paying $5.5 million to build the facility.

Edwards praised construction Tuesday as a life-saving, health-improving move for the underserved northern part of the city.

Former Gov. Bobby Jindal shuttered the charity hospital in north Baton Rouge as part of its privatization of LSU’s hospitals and patient services. The new ER will be added to an LSU Health urgent care clinic operated by Our Lady of the Lake.

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