Lafayette General Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Closing
LAFAYETTE – Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC)
announced on Wednesday that it will close its eight-bed Pediatric Intensive
Care Unit (PICU) after the treatment of one current patient is complete.
As widespread changes continue within healthcare, the
reduction of reimbursements becomes a greater force of influence affecting all
hospitals nationwide, and LGMC is no exception.
LGMC has made, and will make, many tough decisions, all with
the betterment of the people in Acadiana in mind. The reasons behind closing the PICU are twofold. LGMC's PICU maintained an average
census of 1.8 patients per day over the last year. A census of 4.0 patients per day is necessary to sustain the
"Lafayette General Medical Center continues to have record
patient demand in all other services,” said LGMC President and CEO David L.
Callecod, FACHE. "It's not
possible to offer every service imaginable and we must adapt to meet the needs
of our community."
LGMC is on pace to increase patient volume by 9.3% this year
and re-dedicating both the financial resources and bed space will allow the
hospital to expand to this need.
LGMC will continue to operate as the largest full-service,
acute-care medical center in the nine-parish area, treating children in a fully
staffed pediatric unit, a dedicated pediatric treatment area in the emergency
department and a 25-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
The 12 employees in the PICU will be able to apply for and
transition to open positions at LGMC.
About Lafayette General Medical Center
Lafayette General Medical Center, a 353
staffed bed facility, is the largest full-service, acute-care medical center in
the nine-parish area of Acadiana.
LGMC provides families with comprehensive medical services at every
level of care, from severe emergency trauma to the common cold. 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.
Lafayette General Medical Center is
recognized by federal and state tax laws as a 501c(3) not-for-profit
corporation. 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 we serve.
As the region’s only community-owned
and managed hospital, all decisions are made locally by an experienced
administrative team and a volunteer Membership Corporation and Board of
Trustees. At LGMC, you can count
on us to stay one step ahead of the changing face of health care. For general
information, call (337) 289-7991.