LSU Health Network officials want to cut hundreds of million from its ten hospitals, possibly including University Medical Center (UMC).
But Tuesday UMC employees and citizens celebrated. Dozens turned out for a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new cardiology wing. It features state of the art equipment, some of it unique to Lafayette. Renovations cost $90,000. The hospital was able to save hundreds of thousands of dollars because their maintenance department did 95% of the work. Despite the hospitals financial uncertainty in the future, hospital leaders and city officials say today's ceremony sends a strong message that the hospital will continue to provide quality health care no matter what.
UMC Interim Hospital Administrator Glenn Craig said his employees won't stop until they are told. They will continue to provide quality health care to all patients.
City-Parish President Joey Durel said the new wing, he hopes, will send a message to Baton Rouge that this hospital is a vital part of the LSU health system as well the people of Acadiana.
The new wing is now open and fully operational.