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Our Lady of the Lake Ascension Blood Donor Center Reopens

June 27, 2023

Remodeled space replaces temporary mobile donation bus used since Hurricane Ida

BATON ROUGE, LA – The newly remodeled blood donor center at Our Lady of the Lake Ascension is now open for both appointments and walk-in donations. Located behind the hospital at 1404 W. St. Clare Boulevard in Gonzales, the updated space is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The center had been operating out of a mobile donation bus since the primary facility flooded during Hurricane Ida in September 2021.

“We’re excited to reopen the blood donor center and expand our donation hours back to five days a week,” said Jay Thomas, Our Lady of the Lake Blood Donor Center Manager. “Blood donations are currently in short supply, and we encourage everyone who is eligible to donate. Every donation saves up to three lives.”

Those looking to donate can make an appointment by calling (225) 743-2405. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The Ascension Blood Donor Center is one of three blood donation facilities at Our Lady of the Lake, with centers also located at the main Our Lady of the Lake hospital and the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. Learn more about all of Our Lady of the Lake’s Blood Donor Centers and the importance of donated blood.


About Our Lady of the Lake Health

Our Lady of the Lake Health is a not-for-profit Catholic 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 in outlying parishes, and a 600+ provider Physician Group, Our Lady of the Lake Health 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 in partnership with LSU, 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 and is driven by its mission to serve all God’s people, especially those most in need. For more information, visit

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