Taking The Pulse


Acadia Parish

Acadia General
(formerly American Legion Hospital)
1305 Crowley Rayne Hwy., Crowley
Formerly American Legion Hospital, Acadia General Hospital serves the expanding Acadia Parish with 148 beds and has multiple specialties along with a family practice, including emergency medicine, oncology, orthopedics, gynecology, podiatry, pain management, physical medication and rehabilitation, radiology, vein therapy, wound care, hyperbaric medicine and the da Vinci Surgical System. It has also partnered with Lafayette General Medical Center to serve the newly renovated Acadiana Cancer Center, which provides chemotherapy along with treating the mind and spirit.

Allen Parish

Allen Parish Hospital
108 Sixth St., Kinder
Allen Parish Hospital is an acute and specialty care hospital that serves the tri-parish area of Allen, Beauregard and Jeff Davis parishes.  It is located in Kinder, “the crossroads to everywhere.” Along with rural health clinics in Kinder, APH offers home health post-op care for orthopedic, cardiac and general surgeries and homebound individuals. It provides group and individual therapy in addition to professional counseling in its psychiatric recovery unit for mental illness and addiction. APH also works with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to provide a free Family-to-Family Education Program that covers everything from medication side effects to current research on mental illness causes.

Oakdale Community Hospital
130 Hospital Drive, Oakdale
This 60-bed hospital houses a Siemens Somatom Sensation scanner that creates 3-D images to reduce radiation exposure and examination time for MRIs, and the American College of Radiology-certified mammography unit uses low-energy X-rays to detect abnormalities. The hospital was also recently ranked in the top 10 percent in Louisiana for heart-failure treatment and offers a variety of non-invasive heart services. It also recently ranked first in the state for pulmonary care, as well as in the top 10 percent in the state for pneumonia care and medical excellence in general surgery.

Ascension Parish

St. Elizabeth Hospital
1125 West Hwy. 30, Gonzales
The faith-based, not-for-profit St. Elizabeth Hospital is one of four hospitals in the Franciscan missionaries of Our Lady Health System, and its overall patient satisfaction ranks higher than 90 percent of all hospitals evaluated by Press Ganey. It has partnered with the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center for radiation oncology and has accredited cardiopulmonary services including respiratory therapy, cardiac testing, MRI center and a telemetry unit where patients have their hearts monitored for 24 hours a day. They hospital offers three types of surgeries through their bariatric and weight loss program, including gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable band, and hosts a support group for grief recovery every Thursday.

Assumption Parish

Assumption Community Hospital
135 Hwy. 402, Napoleonville
(985) 369-3600
Assumption Community Hospital is a critical access hospital in Napoleonville with six beds. Assumption Community Hospital operates as a nonprofit hospital. Outpatient services includes a stop-smoking program and breast cancer screenings and mammograms. As part of their community outreach, they also provide health fairs and health screenings to Assumption Parish.

Calcasieu Parish

Christus St. Patrick Hospital
524 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive, Lake Charles
Named for the patron saint of Ireland upon the insistence of Dr. John Greene Martin, Christus St. Patrick Hospital was dedicated on St. Patrick’s Day in 1908 and joined the Christus Health system in 1999 along with the Sisters of Charity Health and the Incarnate Word health care systems. The hospital’s latest offers behavioral health services with an inpatient geriatric program and outpatient care for seniors and a pediatric unit, as well as a diabetes management center, long-term acute care in the Dubuis Hospital within Christus St. Patrick Hospital. It also houses a rehabilitation center and offers lung cancer screenings. The hospital partnered with Southwest Louisiana Imaging to provide MRI and CT services.

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
1701 Oak Park Blvd., Lake Charles
This hospital was recently awarded with the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval recognizing its dedication to the commission’s high standards. Health care services offered at include inpatient and outpatient services, as well as a full-service trauma and emergency department. A full range of diagnostics and pathology services available include CT scanning, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, MRI, endoscopic and cardiovascular and cancer diagnostics. From pediatric to geriatric care, Memorial is a full-service health care delivery system. Specialty services included cardiovascular, cancer, family medicine, ENT, urology, surgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation, pulmonology, orthopedics and sports medicine, gynecology and obstetrics, neurosurgery, internal medicine and pediatrics.

Lake Area Medical Center
(formerly Women’s and
Children’s Hospital)
4200 Nelson Road, Lake Charles
This 88-bed full-service acute care hospital opened its doors in 1984 and offers inpatient, outpatient, medical and surgical care for men, women and children. With over 200 physicians on the medical staff, LAMC’s key services include; Cardiology, Labor & Delivery, a Level III Neonatal ICU, Surgical Services including Robotics, Urology, a 24-hour physician-staffed Emergency Department, and a newly opened MRI & Wound Care Center. It is an accredited Bariatric Surgery Center, offering three weight loss surgery options. It also serves patients at the Grand Lake Medical Clinic, Lake Area Physicians and Surgicare of Lake Charles, an ambulatory outpatient surgical center. 

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital
701 East Cypress St., Sulphur
The 109-bed West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital recently became the first community hospital in the nation to implement 128 Slice Philip Ingenuity, CT technology, computing a more accurate CAT scan. It also recently launched the area’s first specialized program for breast cancer patients, designating a single nurse or other health professional to help patients navigate the path to recovery. WCCH also has a sleep center and both cardiac rehabilitation and cardiology services, along with servicing rural health clinics in Hackberry, Vinton and Johnson Bayou. It is the first hospital in Southwest Louisiana to have computer-assisting technology for joint replacement and is home to one of the largest joint replacement programs in the region. It also provides therapeutic equestrian services through the Genesis Therapeutic Riding Center for patients with developmental disabilities or brain injuries. WCCH also participates in Shots for Tots to provide cheap or free immunization for children.

Evangeline Parish

Mercy Regional Medical Center
(two locations)
3501 Hwy. 190 E., Eunice;
800 E. Main St., Ville Platte
The nonprofit Mercy Regional Medical Center formed when Ville Platte Medical Center and Acadian Medical Center merged in 2010 and now serves more than 97,000 patients annually under LifePoint Hospitals. Between the two campuses, in Euince and Ville Platte, the hospital offers a 24-hour emergency room, a cardiology center, pain management, imaging, dialysis, gastroenterology, gynecology, obstetrics, oncology and more.

Savoy Medical Center
801 Poinciana Ave., Mamou
Located just outside the heart of Mamou, Savoy Medical Center possesses a number of amenities that rival large-city hospitals, including a 24-hour emergency room and critical care unit. It also offers patient diagnostic services available 24 hours a day, including mammography and bone-density testing. Savoy also offers services for inpatient and outpatient surgery, mental health for both patients and family members and social services to help with hospitalization, childbirth, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and physical, pedodontic, podiatry, plastic and reconstructive, vascular and urological surgeries.

Iberia Parish

Dauterive Hospital
600 N. Lewis Ave., New Iberia
This 103-bed full-service facility is an affiliate of The Regional Health System of Acadiana. The New Iberia facility’s services include cardiovascular, general surgery, orthopedics, emergency care, obstetrics and gynecology surgery and rehabilitations. It recently implemented the American Orthopaedic Association’s bone health quality improvement program, helping to identify, evaluate and treat patients with low bone density or osteoporosis.

Iberia Medical Center
2315 E. Main St., New Iberia
This 99-bed hospital received the 2013 Women’s Choice award for Best Patient Experience. It is a full service, acute care hospital, providing medical, surgical, obstetrical, gynecological, pediatric, and emergency services; critical care, cardiac care, gastroenterological care; and outpatient diagnostics. The facility also operates an outpatient Rehabilitation Center, an Advanced Wound Center and the Jeanerette Rural Health Clinic, and partners with Acadiana Diagnostic Imaging, Iberia Extended Care Hospital, the New Iberia Surgery Center and the Louisiana Stroke Network.

Jefferson Davis Parish

Jennings American
Legion Hospital
1634 Elton Road, Jennings
This hospital recently renovated a 5,000-square-foot area to house the only cardiac catheterization lab between Lake Charles and Lafayette, where Jennings American Legion Hospital can offer interventional procedures along with nuclear stress testing and echocardiograms for those who have recently undergone heart procedures. The 24,000-square-foot medical office building and 32,000-square-foot patient tower allow JALH to provide patients with an emergency room, cardiology unit, surgical care, maternity ward and radiology services as well as a web nursery for families to view newborns.

St. James Parish

St. James Parish Hospital
1645 Lutcher Ave., Lutcher
This nonprofit hospital opened its doors in 1955 and has grown to a 20-bed acute care facility that claims it is “large enough to serve, small enough to care.” The cardiopulmonary department serves every age group, and the radiology department provides ultrasounds, digital mammography, fluoroscopy, nuclear medicine and bone density testing. The sleep center focuses mostly on sleep apnea, and they provide general, orthopedic, endoscopic and ophthalmological surgeries, along with wound care for ulcers, infections and skin grafts. The hospital recently welcomed its new orthopedic clinic.

St. John the Baptist Parish

River Parishes Hospital
500 Rue de Sante, LaPlace
River Parishes Hospital offers a full range of services for surgeries and treatments. The cardiac center has a comprehensive program, including echocardiography, an exercise testing vascular laboratory and nuclear studies. The gastroenterology department treats gastroenterological organs and also treats liver diseases, including Hepatitis B and C. It also provides services out of an occupational medical center in LaPlace to treat work injuries and illnesses. Surgical specialties include procedures for the head, neck, neurology, gynecology and breast cancer.

Lafayette Parish

Heart Hospital of Lafayette
1105 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette
The Heart Hospital of Lafayette is faith-based and entirely focused on and designed for the cardiovascular health of its patients and was named one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the country by Thomson Reuters. Along with a 24/7 heart emergency center, it boasts a 64-slice Aquilion CT scanner in the Chest Pain Center, where patients are taught to recognize and react to the early symptoms of heart attacks. The Heartsaver CT scans the heart while beating to uncover heart disease at its earliest stages, and the HEARTVantage free wellness program is the only free nationally accredited specialized care facility that focuses on heart health for patients.

Lafayette General
Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St., Lafayette
Lafayette General is the largest full-service hospital in Acadiana with 343 new parking spaces and a team of more than 25 employed physicians. It was the first telemedicine clinic in the area, and has recently received the HealthGrades’ General Surgery Excellence Award and Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award. It has also received accolades for neurosurgery, vascular surgery, carotid surgery, prostatectomy, orthopedic services and surgeries, and was the first hospital in Acadiana to perform an open-heart surgery and a craniotomy. The Pavilion center for women and children boasts a Level III NICU, and the hospital also houses centers for cancer, bariatric surgery, chronic care, neurology, strokes and orthopedics.

Lafayette General
Surgical Hospital

1000 W. Pinhook Road, Suite 100, Lafayette
This 60,000-square-foot short-stay hospital is a joint venture with Lafayette General Medical Center and holds four operating rooms along with radiology, EKG and lab services. Owned in part by physicians who work there, their specialties include urology, orthopedics, ENT, ophthalmology, cosmetic surgery, gynecology and pain management.

Lafayette Surgical
Specialty Hospital

1101 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette
Built in 2004, Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital is physician-owned and cares for 8,000 cases annually and was named Hospital of the Year by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation for four consecutive years and named by WomenCertified.com as one of the top 100 hospitals for patient experience. Specialties include neurosurgery, as well as orthopedic, ENT, general, urological, gynocological and plastic and reconstructive surgeries, along with pain management, and radiological and magnetic resonance imaging.

Our Lady of Lourdes
Regional Medical Center

4801 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette
Founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady in 1949, Our Lady of Lourdes employs more than 400 physicians and moved to its new main campus on Ambassador Caffery Parkway last year, which was the largest building project in the history of Lafayette. Lourdes houses the region’s only burn center for comprehensive burn care from chemical and electrical burns to less serious injuries. Other services include a cancer center, one of five stroke centers of excellence in the state, a chronic kidney disease clinic, wound care center and after-hours clinics in Lafayette, Breaux Bridge and Carencro.

Park Place Surgical Hospital
901 Wilson St., Lafayette
What started as the Ambulatory Surgery Center in 1999 has grown to the physician-owned Park Place Surgical Hospital, after joining with Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in 2003. Park Place boasts 36 doctors who perform colon, rectal, ENT/otolaryngology, general, OB/GYN, plastic, vascular and orthopedic surgeries, along with occupational and speech therapies. It is the official surgical provider for Ragin’ Cajun Athletics.

Regional Medical Center
of Acadiana

2810 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette
Regional Medical Center of Acadiana is the first in Acadiana to be accredited a Cycle III Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, and was recently a Top 100 hospital for coronary bypass surgery and major cardiac surgery, and treats patients for a variety of heart conditions. The hospital also specializes in geriatric services with a range of services specially designed for the aging through inpatient, rehabilitation and nursing home programs. Other services include emergency services, hemodialysis, laser surgery, neurology, orthopedics, radiology and medical and surgical intensive care units. It was most recently honored by eQHealth Solutions for its improvements to quality and care.

University Hospital
2390 W. Congress St., Lafayette
Lafayette General Medical Center recently took over the 117-bed acute care University Medical Center, renaming it University Hospital. With the new management comes program expansion, starting with a newly opened orthopedic clinic. It  has switched from paper to electronic medical records, while continuing to be the medical destination for the un- and underinsured. Other services include interventional radiology, orthopedics, ENT, physical therapy, general surgery, infectious disease and OB/GYN.

Women’s & Children’s Hospital
4600 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette
Women’s and Children’s is a campus of the Regional Medical Center of Acadiana that specializes in women’s and children’s health care. It began as strictly a birthing hospital, and has expanded to become the second-largest birthing hospital in the state. Among its children’s services are the kids-only, 24-hour emergency department in Acadiana, Shots for Tots; and specialty centers for asthma, cancer, diabetes, flu and nutrition. The women’s center includes a American College of Radiology-designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

Lafourche Parish

Lady of the Sea General Hospital
200 W. 134th Place, Cut Off
Lady of the Sea General Hospital caters to patients in South Lafourche through the main campus and medical clinics in Larose, Golden Meadow and Cut Off. Through a partnership with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South, Lady of the Sea provides cardiology and cardiopulmonary services to the area. Other services include diabetes support, home health, an ICU, a renal dialysis center and wound care.

Ochsner St. Anne
General Hospital

4608 Hwy. 1, Raceland
One of the Ochsner hospitals scattered across Southeast Louisiana, St. Anne General Hospital recently renovated its maternity suites for state-of-the-art monitoring and boasts many women’s services, including digital mammography, four-dimensional ultrasounds and OB/GYN. The specialty clinic serves Cut Off, Raceland and Lockport and offers cardiology, neurology, urology general surgery and pediatric services as well as a blood donor center.

Thibodaux Regional
Medical Center

602 N. Acadia Road, Thibodaux
Thibodaux Regional Medical Center recently received a Grade “A” by Hospital Safety Score and was awarded the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award; in 2012, it was the only hospital in the state to earn the the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital Award for outstanding inpatient and outpatient experiences. It’s also the only full-service hospital to receive the Press Ganey Summit Award (seven times) for patient satisfaction. In 2009, TRMC expanded its cancer center and doubled the size of its medical oncology suite and chemotherapy infusion area. TRMC also performs the most heart and vascular surgeries in the region.

St. Charles Parish

St. Charles Parish Hospital
1057 Paul Maillard Road, Luling
A 20-minute drive from New Orleans, St. Charles Parish Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and also operates the Eastbank Medical Office in Destrehan to provide specialties for allergies, asthma, ENT, internal medicine and orthopedics. Other services include an ICU, angiography and vascular procedures, adult behavioral health unit, dialysis and physical, occupational and speech rehabilitation.

St. Landry Parish

Opelousas General
Health System

539 E. Prudhomme Lane, Opelousas
Opelousas General was recently awarded with the Path to Excellence Award by the National Research Corporation. This 207-bed acute care two-campus hospital serves patients in St. Landry Parish and has a complete cancer center to administer radiation and chemotherapy, and recently introduced the da Vinci Surgical System to perform minimally invasive surgery, resulting in less pain, blood loss, scarring and recovery time. The Dr. Gerald E. Posner Center for Women’s Health specializes in breast health, the cardiopulmonary diagnostic lab utilizes the world’s first full-volume imaging system for cardiology and the hospital has partnered with area employers to control health care costs through their Wellness Works program.

St. Mary Parish

Franklin Foundation Hospital
1097 Northwest Blvd., Franklin
Serving the western St. Mary Parish, Franklin Foundation Hospital offers multiple clinics including Women’s Health, Medical Specialties and a Family Care Center in Baldwin. It provides a 22-bed critical access hospital and became the first in the area to offer the LightSpeed 16 CT system. Among its other services, FFH offers maternity services and a newborn nursery and an online medical dictionary, a drug encyclopedia and a physician directory accessible through the website.

Teche Regional Medical Center
1125 Marguerite St., Morgan City
This tobacco-free hospital on the east side of Acadiana serves St. Mary Parish with 157 beds and a 24-hour emergency department. It utilizes a state-of-the-art heart catheterization lab that uses minimally invasive procedures, seven birthing suites and digital mammograms, along with inpatient rehabilitation, bone desitometry, an ICU, a behavioral health unit and a cardiopulmonary department.

Terrebonne Parish

Physicians Medical Center
218 Corporate Drive, Houma
More than 100 physicians work out of Physicians Medical Center, which opened in 1996. Surgery is their specialty, performing more than 5,000 procedures a year. Its Medicare patient satisfaction rating is among the top 50 in the country. This 30-bed acute care hopsital is the only hospital in Terrebonne Parish to offer weight-loss surgery, performing lap band, gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgeries. PMC is also home to a gastrointestinal laboratory focused on diagnosing colon cancer.

Terrebonne General
Medical Center
8166 Main St., Houma
Terrebonne General Medical Center is a public, nonprofit health care system that opened in 1954 and has since grown to house 321 beds and employ 150 physicians. It boasts a women’s center with a breast center, as well as the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and in- and outpatient rehabilitation services as well as emergency care. It is home to one of the state’s few accredited stroke programs and was recently reissued its accreditation from the Joint Commission and the Neonatal ICU.

Vermilion Parish

Abbeville General Hospital
118 N. Hospital Drive, Abbeville
Abbeville General Hospital has provided care for 47 years and boasts 60 beds, an ICU, interventional pain therapy for pain in the lower back and extremities, a labor and delivery unit and surgical services. AGH also has a cancer center through a partnership with Lafayette General, as well as an off-site imaging center accredited by the American College of Radiology and a rural health clinic in Erath. The hospital, clinics and laboratory recently earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its commitment to quality and safety.

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