Residency Program In Lafayette Keeps Doctors Home


Lafayette General Health’s (LGH) expanded residency program is delivering on one of its promises – keeping good, young doctors in Acadiana. Family Health Plaza, Lafayette General’s urgent care network, has hired two physicians, Michelle Taylor, M.D., and Eric Guilbeau, M.D., both of whom were members of the first class to complete the Family Medicine residency program under LGH. Both physicians are natives of the Lafayette area.

Dr. Taylor is employed at Family Health Plaza at Sugar Mill Pond in Youngsville and Dr. Guilbeau is employed at Family Health Plaza at River Ranch. The physicians practice Family Medicine at the urgent care centers, which see non-critical patients as young as 12 months old.

Dr. Guilbeau joins Internal Medicine physician Farha Khan, M.D., at the River Ranch location, and Dr. Taylor joins Family Medicine physician Pernell Simon, M.D., at the Sugar Mill Pond location.

LGH features Acadiana’s only two Major Teaching Hospitals, Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) and University Hospital & Clinics (UHC), which train graduate medical students in partnership with LSU’s School of Medicine. LGH extended the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program to LGMC after taking over management of UHC in 2013.

One of the benefits reported by LGH when it expanded the GME program was that it would help Acadiana retain top upcoming physicians, rather than watching them leave the area to establish themselves. Dr. Taylor and Dr. Guilbeau say they are happy to be serving the community they grew up in.

Family Health Plaza at River Ranch, (337) 769-0069, is located at 1216 Camellia Blvd. in Lafayette, and Family Health Plaza at Sugar Mill Pond, (337) 857-5765, is located at 2810 Bonin Rd. in Youngsville.

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