LGMC To Honor The Ragin' Cajuns



LGMC will give every baby born a Ragin' Cajuns book

Lafayette, La. – Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) announced on Monday that it will honor the University of Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team by providing all new births at the hospital with a children's book. The book, written by a local author and titled Born to be a Ragin' Cajun, will be distributed to all babies born at LGMC starting on 11/11/11 and continuing until the start of the 2012 football season.

Approximately 2,000 babies are born at The Pavilion every year. The Pavilion is a state-of-the-art birthing center inside Lafayette General. LGMC is the only Lafayette hospital to provide critical care services to mothers, if needed, in addition to providing a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for infants.

The Pavilion was constructed to feel more like home. From the expanded family waiting area with adjoining break room to the new, more comfortable sleeping couches, The Pavilion has been designed with patients and their families in mind. The new rooms are elegant yet comfortable, with special amenities like a baby bathing sink and mini-fridge.

"The Cajuns football team is off to one of the best starts in school history and bound for its first bowl game in 41 years,” LGMC President and CEO David Callecod stated. "As a community leader, we recognize and support the University as a big part of what makes Acadiana so special.

"All of us at Lafayette General are proud of the Ragin' Cajuns football team and hope some of the babies born at LGMC turn into future UL football players, cheerleaders and fans.”

LGMC is the largest not-for-profit hospital in the region, providing families with comprehensive medical services at every level of care, from severe emergency trauma to the common cold. Although the hospital generates money by billing for its health care services, it does not pay out any revenue to shareholders, as for-profits do. Any net revenue is reinvested into the organization for new equipment, facilities, and technology to better care for the people of Acadiana.

"It's quite an honor for our football program,” Ragin' Cajuns head coach Mark Hudspeth said. "It's sort of neat and I think it'll be a great keepsake for those families to take home. Hopefully, all of the babies born this year will have something to remember. I really appreciate everything that was done for that.”

Lafayette General evolved from Lafayette Sanitarium, a six-bed facility that opened in 1911, and has been a leader in health care throughout its existence. Over the years, LGMC has expanded its services and facilities to meet the community's growing needs.

The Ragin' Cajuns football team is scheduled to visit all patients at LGMC on December 12.

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