Lafayette General Medical Center is getting ready for a new look. A 52 million dollar renovation project will begin next week.
On Monday, officials held a sneak peak to show the future of Lafayette General. The hospital, having been renovated several times will shift its focus to parking, interior design and emergency improvements. President and CEO of LGMC, David Callecod, said it's all in a continuous journey towards the hospital's excellence.
"I think the people of Acadiana will see that its community owned hospital is setting itself up for great success in the future."
LGMC's emergency department will be enlarged. The fifth busiest ER in the state will see the addition of two trauma rooms and an increase in bed capacity. The hospital will add a feature unique to the Acadiana area, a "trauma elevator." The elevator will provide direct access from the emergency helipad to the new ER department and surgery areas of the hospital. The elevator will be blocked off from visitors and staff, allowing only Acadian Ambulance access. Callecod said it's an exciting feature that could help to save lives.
"We worked with Acadian Ambulance on the design and it will really add precious seconds to those trauma patients that we receive from all over the state."
The new surgery area will have 13 operating rooms, bringing the total number to 16. Along the interior of the hospital, little details will be added to help aid in the comfort of patients and visitors. Justine Gerald, Interior Design Solutions, said, "Artwork, natural light and all the warm colors that we selected will help patients' healing and keeping them at comfort while they are in the hospital."
Wills Hover, The Lemoine Company, explained they are attacking the project in three phases. The emergency department construction will begin, followed by construction on a new 6 story parking garage, located between the hospital and the Heymann Performing Arts Center. The garage will add 343 parking spaces, and a turn lane on South College Road will be constructed to aide those visiting the hospital. Finally, renovations to the existing ER will take place.
Hover promised with so much construction, that patients and visitors disturbance will be kept to a minimum.
"Hospital construction is what we do," Hover began, "so keeping the patients, community and the guests and visitors happy during the construction is a top priority."
Ground breaking on the renovations are set to being October 8, and the projected finish date is the summer of 2014, at which time officials said they are already anticipating new projects will begin.