New Sign Unveiled at Acadia General Hospital


A new sign was unveiled at Acadia General Hospital, formerly American Legion Hospital, in Crowley on Monday, June 2 at 10 a.m. The new name and sign unveiling coincides with the formal takeover of management from American Legion Corporation to Lafayette General Health (LGH). The new lease agreement was announced in May.

“Today marks a new beginning for this hospital and the people of this entire parish,” says David L. Callecod, FACHE, President/CEO of LGH. “Together, we are going to make positive changes to serve the greater good in this community.”

LGH changed the name of the hospital to reflect its intention of growing the Crowley hospital into a regional full-service care facility serving all of Acadia Parish and beyond. The hospital, established by members of American Legion Acadia Post #15 in 1928 as Legion Memorial Hospital, was known as American Legion Hospital since 1950. American Legion Corporation will still own the facility.

“We’re proud of this new name, as it reflects Acadia Post 15’s original goal of providing health care for people locally,” says Callecod. “LGH will ensure that this hospital delivers care more efficiently and cost-effectively, leading to better patient outcomes, financial stability and long-term viability.”

Acadia General Hospital will have a new CEO beginning June 16. Heather Harper, currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer at Southern Tennessee Medical and Emerald Hodgson Hospital in Winchester, TN, was announced as CEO on May 19.

Lafayette General Health currently owns or manages Lafayette General Medical Center, University Hospital & Clinics, Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, St. Martin Hospital in Breaux Bridge, LA, and Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital in Kaplan, LA. LGH also has affiliations with Opelousas General Health System, Franklin Foundation Hospital, Bunkie General Hospital, Abbeville General Hospital and Savoy Medical Center in Mamou, LA.

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