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Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) announced changes on Monday that will better position Lafayette General Health’s flagship hospital for continued financial success and allow greater focus on patients’ medical needs.  The moves will not have any impact to direct patient care.

Effective November 18, LGMC will discontinue its free valet parking service.  Free valet parking was initially started during construction.  Valet parking made it easier for the public to access the hospital when disruptions prevented normal facility entry.  Over the years, valet parking was expanded in both the number of days and hours of operation.   The service was originally intended to be used solely during the hospital’s construction period. 

“Our mission, To Restore, Maintain and Improve Health, factors into all of our decisions,” stated LGMC CEO Patrick Gandy.  “As we tighten our budget, we needed to closely scrutinize non-patient care services.  In fact, our goal is to expand patient care areas.  By eliminating our valet contract, a decision we did not make lightly, we will be able to reallocate approximately two million dollars over the next four years.”

Free valet parking is extremely uncommon across the country, as many large hospitals simply do not have the resources to afford it.   LGMC explored the option of keeping its valet service, charging for the amenity as some facilities do.  The statistics showed that the hospital would need to charge $15-20 per car to break even.  “After reviewing the numbers, we were not comfortable charging our patients and guests for valet parking,” added Gandy.

LGMC spent $8 million on a brand new six-level parking garage located off South College Road, between the hospital and Heymann Performing Arts Center.  This garage has parking for 343 cars.  Ample parking is also available across the street from the hospital in the six-level garage adjacent to LGMC’s Burdin Riehl Center.  This garage houses 848 parking spaces.  Both garages have covered walkways to the hospital for patients and visitors.

“We greatly appreciate our valet partner and their exceptional staff,” continued Gandy.  “All valet staff in Lafayette have been offered the opportunity to apply for vacant jobs within Lafayette General Health.

“At the end of the day, adding to patient care and expanding the technology to treat patients outweighed the need for valet parking.”

The fitness gym at Lafayette General Wellness at The Townhouse will remain open until November 30. After undergoing a full self-assessment, it was determined that LGMC could no longer compete with the large number of fitness centers in our area.  In order to stay aligned with the hospital mission, LGMC will retain employees to continue the Executive Health Physicals and Occupational Health programs.

The hospital will expand its partnership with Acadiana-based Advanced Radiographics, Inc. (ARI) on December 1 for courier service.  This change will increase the service capacity and coverage area of LGMC’s courier service, while leveraging ARI’s upgraded tracking technology and reliability.

In a health system move, Lafayette General Health will transition its outsourced Environmental Services Department (EVS) back under the health system umbrella on December 12.  A majority of health systems across the country keep their housekeeping services in-house and LGH did so until 2007. 

“Aramark has been a great partner and will continue to run our Food and Nutrition Services,” added Gandy.  “This change is an operational decision that will provide us the ability to integrate our EVS employees with a cost savings.” 

Current Aramark EVS employees within LGH will have the first opportunity to apply for jobs with LGH.  They will be required, by law, to go through the application and hiring process which includes a background check and drug screening.

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