Acadia General Hospital Fundraising for New ER
Acadia General Hospital (AGH) held its inaugural fundraising gala on Friday, April 10, at the Grand Opera House. The event, which was black-tie optional, was intended to engage members of the community in pursuit of a new emergency room for the hospital.
Plans for a new ER addition to the hospital have been proposed, but the hospital needs to raise enough money to fund its $2.8 million estimated cost. Another estimated $1 million will be spent by Lafayette General Health to buy new equipment for the hospital, bringing the total investment to approximately $3.8 million.
AGH officials viewed the gala as the official launch to its “The Wait is Over” campaign to raise awareness and capital for the project. Lafayette General Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lafayette General Health, put on the gala for AGH and is assisting with AGH’s fund-raising efforts. AGH has already raised over $350,000, thanks to a donation from the American Legion Acadia Post 15, but still needs to raise approximately $1 million before groundbreaking can occur.
The proposed ER construction would be a 9,768 square-feet addition to the hospital. It would feature 16 exam rooms, expanded nursing stations, a “fast track” area for less critical patients and two psychiatric holding rooms. The addition would create an expanded surgery area, a new waiting and consulting area for the surgery department, a new breast center, a new registration area and new outpatient diagnostic entrance. It would also have the potential to add two floors at some point in the future.
The current ER is 3,358 square feet comprised of six exam rooms, with four of those divided only by curtains. That space will be reallocated for Operating Room use.
To contribute to AGH’s “The Wait is Over” campaign, contact AGH Associate Administrator Zack Landry at (337) 523-0751.