New Hospital to Open in Summer 2017
Designed for 21st century healthcare, West
Feliciana Hospital will open its new $27.7 million hospital this summer. The facility will utilize state-of-the-art technology
and will focus on providing superior outpatient services in a comfortable and
welcoming setting. The 53,000-square-foot facility will offer 12 in-patient
rooms with bathrooms and private courtyard views. "This hospital is designed to meet the health care
needs of our citizens in a modern and efficient service-oriented environment,”
said CEO Lee Chastant, "It’s designed to expand the hospital’s current offerings
of quality patient services that are closer to home for comfort and convenience
and it will have the capability of expansion.” The 19-acre medical campus will feature the new
hospital as its centerpiece and takes advantage of West Feliciana’s natural
beauty. The contractor is Stuart and Company with the Curtis Group Architects
and Grace and Hebert Architects. The project is funded with a $17.75 million
U.S. Department of Agriculture loan, $8 million in bridge funding from Investar
Bank and $2 million in hospital reserves.
The new hospital will feature:
– With a private triage area, six exam rooms and two trauma rooms utilizing
state-of-the-art equipment and will offer expanded telemedicine with telestroke
capabilities. It will have a separate waiting room and check-in area.
department – Will provide MRI, CT or CAT scan, digital radiology,
ultrasound and echocardiogram capabilities.
laboratory – This area will offer faster processing for patients and is designed
for expansion with a separate waiting area.
suite – With an endoscopy lab for GI and other procedures in a separate
area designed for patient comfort and privacy.
The new hospital will provide other unique amenities
as well with separate inpatient, ER and outpatient admitting areas, conference
and classrooms, private family consulting areas, a non-denominational chapel
and an upgraded cafeteria.
Work is well under way on a road project that
connects the entire medical campus. This project is financed separately with
operational funds and allows the existing hospital to function normally during
construction on the new facility.