LGMC Cuts Ribbon on New ED/OR Platforms
A ribbon cutting ceremony held at the hospital today officially marked the completion of Lafayette General Medical Center’s (LGMC) expanded Emergency and Operating Room platforms. Hospital board members, administrators and staff, along with city dignitaries and representatives, were on hand for the ceremony held outside the ER entrance.
The hospital originally broke ground on the $52.5 million expansion and renovation project two years ago, on Oct. 8, 2012. The expanded portion of the ER took its first patient on April 15, while the first surgery was done in the new OR suites on June 1. The renovated portion of the ER will begin use, as per DHH approval, on Wednesday, Oct. 1.
The new ER capacity is up to 45 beds and occupies 32,000 square feet with two new trauma rooms. The increased space allows the hospital to treat over 100,000 ER patients annually. The entire expansion added approximately 82,000 sq. ft. to LGMC for a total of 587,902 sq. ft. In addition, a new set of entry doors along the west side allows for convenient access to the hospital. The surgery platform features 13 larger operating rooms utilizing the latest in sterilization and anti-microbial technology. The exterior of the ER features a new ambulance entrance and a haz-mat containment and decontamination area.
The ER entry doors have returned to their familiar location on the West side of the hospital, facing the Heymann Center, behind the new six-story parking garage that was also a part of this project. The parking garage features 343 spaces and serves both the hospital and the Heymann Center. Drive-up access to the Emergency Room remains unchanged, with vehicles entering from Hospital Drive, between Coolidge Street and Girard Park Drive.