UHC Clinics and Services

University Hospital & Clinics (UHC) is a 116-bed, full-service, acute care hospital serving Acadiana’s uninsured, underinsured and indigent population. It is also a primary graduate medical education center that trains future physicians. UHC houses a learning resource center to support the training, continuing education, research, and clinical responsibilities of health care providers throughout the 13 parish region of southwest Louisiana. In addition, we offer an outpatient pharmacy for UHC patients who see UHC doctors.

Since Lafayette General Health (LGH) took over management of UHC in June 2013, several services and clinics were added and/or reinstated. The hospital saw an increase in the number of operating rooms. UHC reestablished its Medical Detoxification Program, making it the only hospital-run inpatient medical detox facility in Lafayette. Cardiology services are enhanced through a partnership with Cardiovascular Institute of the South.

Outpatient diabetes nutrition education classes are also held on a monthly basis.

Breast Screenings and Mammograms

UHC offers a free screening program for women through a grant funded by the Center for Disease Control in conjunction with LSU’s Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. The screenings, administered under the Louisiana Breast & Cervical Health Program (LBCHP), are available to eligible women in need of breast exams, mammograms, breast ultrasounds, pelvic exams, pap smears and cervical and breast biopsies.  Learn more about the free screening program.  

Learn more about free breast screening mammograms for eligible patients through a grant funded by Susan G. Komen.  

UHC patients are offered the following clinics:

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
Family Medicine
General Surgery
Geriatric Medicine 
Infectious Disease
Internal Medicine

Audiology Services

University Hospital & Clinics (UHC) has an advanced Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing system. ABR tests are used to screen hearing of newborns and young infants, gauge adult hearing loss or detect other nerve and brainstem damage. The top feature of the ABR system is that no sedation is required.

ABR attaches electrodes, similar to those used in an electrocardiogram, to analyze the inner ear and brain pathways for hearing. Without ABR, such testing requires sleep deprivation, then sedation, plus time in the operating room or a one-day stay, particularly for special needs children who are difficult to test.

Utilizing ABR’s wireless connections, infants can play, be carried, strolled, pacified or even nursed while testing. Adults can rest comfortably in a seated or reclined position. This makes the testing much easier and less risky. Learn more about Pediatric Speech Therapy and Audiology Services at UHC.

Medical Detox Program at University Hospital & Clinics

University Hospital & Clinics (UHC) is the only hospital-run in-patient medical detox facility in Lafayette. 

The voluntary inpatient program provides 24-hour medically supervised evaluation and treatment to eligible patients 18 years or older. The mission of the program is to provide the “first step” in a patient’s rehabilitation process by providing a safe, therapeutic detoxification experience, while minimizing painful effects of withdrawal. This allows the patient to complete the remaining steps of their recovery and rehabilitation in a more comprehensive program at another facility.

Compass Health manages the 12-bed program at UHC by providing trained detox nursing and counseling staff members and supervisors. UHC, in cooperation with LSU Health System, provides physician services. The hospital also provides the support of a pharmacy, diagnostic and testing services, and dietary and environmental services.

Lafayette General Health can transfer patients willing to receive needed medical detox services from any of its affiliated emergency departments to the inpatient program at UHC.

In order to be admitted, a patient must meet certain criteria, the most important of which is a primary diagnosis of Substance Dependence and/or Substance Withdrawal. They must also voluntarily agree to participate in the treatment program.

A detox protocol is initiated upon admission to the program. The detox protocols generally last 5-7 days, depending upon the patient’s condition. All medications prescribed are at the lowest effective dosages that are medically feasible for control of the patient’s withdrawal symptoms and condition. Upon discharge, staff assists patients in transitioning to a more comprehensive program elsewhere for their addictions. For more information, please call (337) 261-6343.