For emergency medical situations, Lafayette General Health (LGH) is there for you.
LGH has emergency rooms across Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes – Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital, Acadia General Hospital, Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette General Orthopaedic Hospital, St. Martin Hospital and University Hospital & Clinics. These emergency departments are staffed and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For non-life threatening injuries, potentially less expensive and quicker service may be available at one of our Urgent Care Centers. Sometimes it’s hard to know if you should seek emergency care, urgent care or schedule an appointment with your provider. View our guide to emergency care.
The emergency departments of LGH offer a shared-emergency program so that a patient arriving at any of its emergency departments can be transferred to the ED at Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC), the flagship of LGH, or to any other hospital upon request. As a Level II Trauma Center, LGMC handles the highest level of trauma in the Acadiana region. LGMC staffs essential physician specialists providing comprehensive care around the clock. It also means that LGMC offers care throughout the continuum of a patient’s illness and injury. The hospital boasts a large adult intensive care unit (ICU) staffed 24/7 by intensivists (physicians specializing in critical care). In addition, LGMC offers a Dedicated Pediatric Treatment Area within the Emergency Department. The Pediatric Treatment Area is open every day from 11a.m. – 11p.m. and is staffed by pediatricians.
The urgency of your condition is determined by an ER triage nurse, which is designed to get the sickest and most seriously injured patients in front of a doctor first. Those facing immediate life-threatening conditions are prioritized and more critical patients are seen first, regardless of their arrival time. To adequately disperse ER resources to the sickest/most injured, sometimes less urgent cases will wait a significant amount of time due to more urgent cases continuously arriving. Often times, patients with less urgent cases will see a physician assistant or nurse practitioner – this help’s the patient receive quicker medical treatment.
Many conditions discovered in the ER require more monitoring and care. Please take all of the medication prescribed to you and follow up with your primary care physician. If you don’t have a doctor or are concerned about your ability to afford follow-up care and medications, University Hospital & Clinics has programs that can help.
As of Oct. 1, 2015, the Emergency Department providers (doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants with Schumacher Clinical Partners that work at Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette General Orthopaedic Hospital, University Hospital & Clinics, St. Martin Hospital, Acadia General Hospital and Abrom Kaplan Memorial are now in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana.
With the exception of Abrom Kaplan, all LGH emergency departments offer a Fast Track program for patients who do not have critical emergencies or have minor ailments or injuries only. Fast Track allows non-critical patients to be seen and released more quickly than waiting for an emergency room physician to become available. This not only helps reduce emergency room backlogs, it reduces wait times for non-critical patients that might get stuck behind more critical cases in the Emergency Room.
Non-critical illnesses or injuries should also visit LGH’s urgent care clinics:
- Urgent Care Center at River Ranch in Lafayette
- Urgent Care Center at Sugar Mill Pond in Youngsville
- Urgent Care Center at Carencro
- Urgent Care Center at UHC (accepts Medicaid)
ER vs Dr: Is it an emergency?
Deciding whether your illness or injury is a true emergency can be hard when you feel sick or are in pain. While the hospital’s emergency department (ER) is prepared for every kind of medical emergency, LGH Urgent Care Centers provide treatment for common illnesses and minor injuries. See below for more information about when to visit the ER versus when to visit an urgent care clinic.
Remember for a life-threatening emergency, always call 911. If you are seriously ill or injured, it may be safer to be transported by ambulance.