St. Martin Hospital holds groundbreaking ceremony


St. Martin Hospital holds Groundbreaking Ceremony

BREAUX BRIDGE – St. Martin Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony on its hospital grounds Friday, August 17 to formally kick off a significant expansion of the facility. Hospital officials and Chamber of Commerce members were on hand for the ceremonial start of the expansion project. After completion, expected by June 2013, St. Martin Hospital will feature a new Outpatient area to include a designated entrance and registration area, with larger, updated laboratory and radiology departments.

St. Martin Hospital CEO/VP Katie Hebert says there are also plans to enlarge the Emergency Department to include more exam rooms, a fast track area and a larger waiting room. "We will be adding about 6,000 sq. ft. to the facility and remodeling about 5,000 sq. ft.,” says Hebert.

St. Martin Hospital has been in partnership with Lafayette General Medical Center since 2000, with full ownership occurring in 2009. Hebert says that the transition in ownership grants the hospital opportunities that otherwise would not be available. "We have recruited an OB/GYN to provide women’s services in our parish; we have completed a remodeling project earlier in the year; and we have plans to open a family practice clinic in St. Martinville in 2013,” she says. Hebert also adds that the Cardiovascular Institute of the South at Lafayette General recently opened an office on the Breaux Bridge campus providing vital heart services to residents. Other Lafayette specialists are expected to come to the area as the hospital expands.

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