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.
University Hospital & Clinics is a full-service acute care hospital offering a variety of specialized outpatient clinics. UHC (formerly University Medical Center) serves as Acadiana’s primary safety net facility for the uninsured, underinsured and indigent population. UHC treats most major emergencies and minor illnesses. A referral from an emergency or primary care physician is required to access most of the hospital’s clinics and/or must meet certain criteria to be accepted.
UHC offers charity care, allowing persons to receive medically necessary care at no charge or at a reduced charge when they meet financial eligibility requirements. UHC is committed to providing the highest quality inpatient and outpatient care to all patients.
Since opening in 1982, UHC also serves Acadiana as its primary graduate medical education center, training residents and cultivating some of the finest physicians now established in Acadiana.
In June 2013, management of the hospital transferred from Louisiana State University’s Health Care Services Division to Lafayette General Health (LGH) under a long-term agreement reached with the State of Louisiana and the LSU Health Sciences Center.
LGH partners with graduate medical education facilities to attract and retain top, upcoming physicians to the Lafayette area. LGH strives to expand the bed capacity, emergency department and operating rooms at UHC. For more information, visit LafayetteGeneral.com.