Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center(OLGMC) is getting a big upgrade as construction has started on a new $100 million expansion.
The expansion construction for Ochsner LGMC includes a new 6-floor inpatient tower addition increasing the total adult bed capacity by 48. The new expansion project also expands upon women’s services, which includes 23 new mother/baby rooms and 15 new NICU beds. Three out of the six floors will be white-walled in anticipation of future growth, which would include three additional 24-bed units(72 beds).
Taking cancer care seriously, Ochsner is focusing heavily on improving Cancer services by constructing a new state-of-the-art Center of Excellence building for the expansion of cancer services and neurosciences. This expansion will include the addition of 34 outpatient infusion chairs.
And with all this new expansion, a new parking garage that will include an additional 550 parking spaces is being constructed.
“As part of this agreement and commitment to the region, Ochsner will invest $465 million in capital and resources over the next 10 years to expand care across Acadiana,” according to their website.
The tentative completion date for Ochsner LGMC’s expansion is set for September 2022.
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For more information, see more below or visit their website for a list of all of the investment bullet points.
Ochsner’s Investment in Acadiana
- Further development of digital health in the region to empower patients and lower the cost of care. In addition, $1 million will be invested in the Healthcare Innovation Fund at the Ochsner Lafayette General Foundation to further digital medicine and technology initiatives in Acadiana.
- Immediate facility upgrades and greater financial stability for Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics (UHC), enabling the hospital to continue serving the most vulnerable members of the community. Additionally, a $10 million, 10-year Community Support Fund, overseen by the Ochsner Lafayette General Board of Trustees, will be created to advance health and wellness across Acadiana, promote workforce development in the region and support initiatives aligned with the mission of Ochsner Lafayette General.
- Investment in graduate medical education at Ochsner LGMC to help train the physicians of the future, and add approximately 48 new residency positions at Ochsner LGMC, building on the 75 currently at UHC.
- A commitment to support our employees, including an investment of approximately $21 million over 10 years to increase minimum wage from $10 to $12 per hour, effective immediately. This positively impacts nearly 900 employees. In addition, effective January 1, 2021, employees will be eligible for an annual 2% retirement contribution on top of their current 401(k) match, which represents a $4 million annual investment in the long-term financial stability of Ochsner Lafayette General employees.
- The implementation of Ochsner’s MA Now workforce development program in Acadiana, helping local community members to jumpstart a medical assistant career in healthcare, as well as an expansion of Ochsner’s pharmacy tech and LPN apprenticeship programs.
- Investing in new classrooms at Ochsner Lafayette General Orthopaedic Hospital to grow existing RN and surgical technology programs.
- The opening of a new community health center in an underserved area of Lafayette with a commitment to open more locations in the future.