Aug 13, 2014 1:43 PM by KATC
LAFAYETTE - University Hospital & Clinics (UHC) officially observed its one-year anniversary with Lafayette General Health (LGH) during ceremonies held at the hospital today.
The public was invited to the balloon-decorated lobby for free blood pressure checks in celebration of the occasion. Cake and refreshments were also served.
UHC's CEO Jared Stark thanked those in attendance for their patronage and support during the transition of management. He praised physicians, administrators and staff for helping the hospital make dramatic improvements in service in such a short amount of time, and promised continued progress in the future.
One such upgrade was converting both the hospital and clinics to EMR (Electronic Medical Record). That process required such vigor from staff that the hospital delayed the anniversary celebration until this month, when the work was complete. The actual anniversary date was in June, but few staff could be spared to partake in activities or event planning.
Public dignitaries, system board members and hospital administrators all met for a private luncheon held in Voorhies Auditorium to commemorate the hospital's one-year milestone. The system has invested more than $2 million in new equipment and upgrades at the hospital. The health system hopes to continue working with the State of Louisiana to secure more improvements to the leased property in the future.
Investment by LGH has allowed UHC to reopen its Medical Detoxification Unit, Orthopedic Clinic and Pediatric Clinic. By partnering with Lafayette General Medical Doctors and Cardiovascular Institute of the South physicians, UHC has expanded its oncology and cardiology services, respectively. Recent purchases at the hospital include new electrocardiogram equipment, an ultrasound unit, a nuclear medicine camera and advanced audiology equipment. Emergency Room wait times have also been lowered by 49 percent.
UHC, licensed for 116 beds, currently staffs 52 beds. Before reaching a management agreement with LGH in 2013, state budget cuts threatened to reduce that number to as few as 10, and possibly eliminate ER services.