CROWLEY – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Acadia General Hospital today to officially mark the completion of the new emergency department. Lafayette General Health and Acadia General Hospital board members, administrators and staff, along with city dignitaries and Lafayette General Foundation donors, were all part of the celebration held outside of the ER entrance.
Construction on the $4 million expansion and renovation project broke ground in December of last year and was completed in advance of the scheduled 12-14 month timeframe. The new, 7,500 square foot space was funded, in part, by donations and includes separate ambulance and public entryways. It features nine patient rooms, one trauma room, two triage rooms, two holding rooms and waiting for 35, among other dedicated specialty care areas. The original ER was 3,000 square feet and built to serve 600 patients per month. Acadia General Hospital currently sees 1,850 patients per month in its emergency department. The new ER will be open to patients within the next two weeks.
“In a situation where seconds count, the emergency room can be the difference between life and death. By enlarging our ER and making it more efficient, we’re prepared to meet the needs of even more patients in distress. It’s all part of fulfilling our mission to restore, maintain and improve health,” said Joseph Mitchell, Acadia General Hospital CEO.
“When Lafayette General came to Crowley in 2014, we promised to do everything we could to bolster healthcare in Acadia Parish. Back then, I stated that we knew we could make positive changes to this hospital and the community as a whole. I believe that today more than ever as we mark another milestone along the journey of Acadia General Hospital and celebrate the grand opening of this new ER,” said Lafayette General Health President David L. Callecod, FACHE.