Acadia General Hospital to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Emergency Department Expansion and Renovation


Lafayette General Health is proud to announce the expansion and renovation development plan for the emergency department (ER) at Acadia General Hospital (AGH). The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony at AGH on December 5, at 11 a.m.

This ER project will increase the size from 3,000 square feet to 7,378 square feet. Moving from four curtain bays and two private rooms to 10 private rooms, two holding rooms and two triage areas will help patient throughput. The original ER space was built to serve 600 patients per month. AGH currently sees 1,850 patients per month.

This expansion is an important step towards our goal of keeping care close to home while excelling in patient care,” says Joe Mitchell, CEO of AGH. “We are excited to expand this much needed service to the community, and continue our mission, To Restore, Maintain and Improve Health.

In the current space, patients who left without seeing a provider is currently 1.5%, much better than the national average of 2.6%. Even better, the time before initially seeing a medical provider is less than 20 minutes. Despite the small space, patients were in and out of the ER at an average of roughly two hours.

The construction will expand AGH to provide a completely new ER space. This will offer better workflow for staff, easier access for patients, and will feature a covered drop-off and pick-up for patients, along with quick registration options.

The cost of the project is estimated to be $4 million, of which, $850,000 has been raised. Financing is made possible with the help of four Acadia Parish banks. All donations will be handled through Lafayette General Foundation.  

The estimated completion of the project is 12-14 months. The groundbreaking ceremony will also kickoff a new annual giving campaign. This fundraising campaign will be dedicated to the AGH Building Fund and used exclusively to upgrade the hospital campus, including the ER, ICU, surgery department, patient rooms and more.

If you are interested in contributing to this campaign, please contact Nancy Broadhurst with Foundation by calling 289-8950 or e-mail

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