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Ochsner Purchases Baton Rouge Pediatric Cardiology Clinic | Company

Ochsner has purchased a pediatric clinic in Baton Rouge and will move it from space near Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital to The Grove Medical Complex near the Louisiana Mall.

Pediatric Cardiology Associates, consisting of Drs. Rufus Lester “Les” Hixon and Lauren Haddad will officially join Ochsner on August 1, according to Ochsner officials. Hixon has spent the past 25 years as a pediatric cardiologist in Baton Rouge, and Haddad began working in the city in 2014.

Hixon and Haddad will also serve patients at Ochsner’s new Gonzales Health Center and the firm’s existing Hammond Clinic.

An independent clinic, Pediatric Cardiology Associates was first incorporated in 2000, according to the secretary of state records. It previously rented space on Hennessy Boulevard near Our Lady of the Lake on Essen Lane before moving to space on Constantin Boulevard near Children’s Hospital.

Ochsner officials said 19 Pediatric Cardiology Associates employees will transfer to The Grove.

“Pediatric Cardiology Associates with Drs. Hixon and Haddad provide exceptional cardiology care and bring another level of expertise to our pediatric super-clinic,” Ochsner Baton Rouge CEO Chuck Daigle said in a statement. “We continue to marvel at the incredible level of care our super-clinic provides to children and families in the Baton Rouge area.”