Jeff Davis

Mar 28, 2014 11:43 AM by AP

$10 million upgrade planned for Jennings hospital

JENNINGS, La. (AP) - Jennings American Legion Hospital is moving forward on plans for a $10 million facility upgrade.

CEO Dana Williams said Thursday the State Bond Commission has approved $10 million in hospital revenue bonds for Jefferson Davis Hospital Service District 1.

"We have been working on a master facility plan with our architects looking at the overall design and capacity for the hospital to meet the needs for the next 25-30 years," Williams said.

Williams tells the American Press the three-phase project will focus on improvements and upgrades to the operating and emergency rooms and entrance areas.

"We are excited about the changes and what the new phases present to the community," Williams said. "We want our environment to mirror the quality of care we provide."

The project will include an upgrade and revitalization of the operating room area to include new operating rooms and a new patient holding area with support services.

A new entrance and lobby area will be incorporated into the plans to help funnel patients and steer patrons in the right direction and eliminate some of the congestion.

Patient registration, including outpatient admissions and information, will be moved to the front lobby. The move will allow the emergency room entrance to be strictly used for emergencies, according to Williams.

The hospital sees an average of 1,500 patients a month in the emergency room and outpatient services, with an average monthly admission of 300 patients.

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