Our History

When Dr. Philip and Mary Gould moved to West Feliciana Parish from New Orleans in 1948, they shared a vision to establish a community hospital.

          

West Feliciana Hospital Exterior Sign

In 1957, Dr. Gould returned from medical school to West Feliciana to form a partnership with his stepfather, Dr. Philip Niebergall. With interest in a community hospital growing, Jesse Bankston, then Director of the Louisiana Department of Hospitals, assisted the police jury and other civic groups with conducting a study to determine the feasibility of establishing a local hospital. However, the conclusion was there were not enough financial resources to develop a facility at that time.

 As the parish continued to grow, so did the interest in a community hospital. Ten years later, the police jury requested a second survey from Bankston, who was then a private hospital consultant. Based on the results of that survey, the police jury decided to offer a proposal to the parish’s citizens to create a West Feliciana Parish Hospital District. The people voted in favor of the measure to establish a community hospital.

Dr. Gould and Dr. Niebergall worked closely with Clifton Lasseigne, architects and various medical consultants to create a high-quality efficient facility design. Construction on the site began in 1969 and the 23-bed full-service acute care hospital opened on Feb. 2, 1970.

 Interestingly, the Goulds’ son, Dr. Alfred Gould, remained an active medical staff member at the hospital until his retirement in 2006. The road that connects the medical campus is named in his honor.

 

 
 

   

 

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