Lourdes welcomes Park Place Surgical with more room in new building

Room to Grow

Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center’s campus has a new neighbor — Park Place Surgical Hospital.

The surgical hospital made its move from its 35,000-square-foot Oil Center location about two weeks ago into 63,000 square feet of space in a $28.5 million, 120,000-square-foot building it shares with its neighboring partner, Lourdes.

The surgical hospital occupies two floors of the four-story building. The additional space enables Park Place to serve more patients and improve efficiencies in patient care, said Brandon Moore, CEO of Park Place.

“We had outgrown our existing location and needed to expand to grow our services,” Moore said.

“We have the same number of operating rooms (10), but we were able to increase the size of our holding and recovery areas for patients.”

When Park Place opened in 1999, it had been built to handle a few thousand surgical cases a year; however, it now averages about 200 to 250 cases a week, according to information provided by Moore.

The additional space for holding, where patients are prepped for a surgery, and recovery, where patients recover after a procedure before being released or moved into an inpatient room, allows for the new Park Place location to handle more surgical cases, said Kate Olivier, the surgical hospital’s director of nursing.

Olivier said the additional space and proximity to Lourdes also enables the hospital to expand the procedures it offers, such as total hip and joint replacement procedures.

Moore credits his staff for a smooth transition from the Oil Center to its new home. The facility was designed with patients in mind, he said.

“Over 90 percent of our patients give us the highest score possible on patient satisfaction surveys,” Moore said. “Being here is only going to improve the patient care experience.”

Park Place is majority owned by physicians, and Lourdes is part owner and will lease the third and fourth floors of the building for programs such as a neuroscience center, said Elisabeth Arnold, Lourdes community relations director.

Park Place is the third building on the Lourdes campus. The major hospital moved from its former location off of St. Landry Street to a 45-acre campus off of Ambassador Caffery Parkway in 2011. A medical office building on the campus opened first in January 2011, followed by the hospital six months later in June.

There are no immediate plans for new construction on the campus, Arnold said, adding that any new developments would come if and when needs arise in the community.

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