Our Lady of the Lake Ascension

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Our Lady of the Lake Ascension, formally know as St. Elizabeth Hospital is a 78-bed, faith-based, not-for-profit community hospital located in Gonzales, Louisiana.  It serves Ascension Parish, Louisiana's fastest growing area in the state, and parts of the surrounding parishes of Iberville, St. James, and Livingston. The hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, and surgical services with the support of over 300 affiliated physicians and over 500 team members. 

The hospital's physician group, St. Elizabeth Physicians, is a wholly-owned subsidiary with 11 locations through Ascension Parish, over 70 primary care, specialists, and advanced practitioners. St. Elizabeth Hospital was purchased in 2000 by Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, the largest private medical center in Louisiana. In December, 2004, St. Elizabeth Hospital became the fourth hospital in the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. 


The 18 bed emergency department includes specialized treatment areas for critical care, mental health and fast track non-critical care to improve the care process and reduce waiting times. Our Lady of the Lake Ascension Emergency Department has has 24/7/365 coverage of board certified emergency physicians


One of the fastest growing parishes (counties) in the United States over the past several years, Ascension Parish is Our Community. Ascension Parish and surrounding areas offer a quality lifestyle. Because of its close access to Baton Rouge and New Orleans, amenities of the city such as universities, shopping malls, and cultural activities from world-class museums to symphonies and ballets, are readily available.

Ascension Parish is located in the heart of plantation country, and offers access to resplendent wildlife and scenery in the surrounding cypress swamplands. Home to a number of festivals including the Jambalaya Festival, the Boucherie Festival and the Louisiana Balloon Festival Ascension and surrounding areas are home to six major antebellum homes, three museums, as well as Tanger Outlet Center, Cabela's Outfitters, Houmas House Plantation, and Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

The area's phenomenal growth can be explained by years of investment by industry throughout the area, an excellent public school system, low crime, and a community of people who work together for the common good.

The area is serviced by the Louisiana Regional Airport (Gonzales, for personal/private aircraft), Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, and Louis Armstrong International Airport (New Orleans). Recreation includes Parish sponsored youth leagues including baseball/softball, soccer, and basketball, golf courses including the world-class Pelican Point, swimming, soccer, boating, hunting, and skiing on the Amite River.

In addition to Louisiana State and Southern Universities in Baton Rouge, and the University of New Orleans, Southern University at New Orleans, Loyola, Tulane, and Xavier Universities in New Orleans, Ascension is home to the River Parishes Community College & Ascension Technical College.

Distance to Major Cities (in miles)

  • Baton Rouge: 20
  • New Orleans: 54
  • Houston: 267
  • Dallas: 393
  • Atlanta: 523