Lafayette plans to take over Crowley hospital

LAFAYETTE — Lafayette General Health plans to take over operations of Crowley’s 178-bed American Legion Hospital as soon as April 2014 as part of an expansion of its regional health care network.

Executives with Lafayette General and American Legion recently signed a letter of intent to explore a long-term lease agreement for Lafayette General to take over operations and management of the Crowley hospital in early 2014. Lafayette General made the announcement in a news release Tuesday.

“The partnership with Lafayette General Health opens up tremendous opportunities for improvements and growth at our community’s hospital,” said American Legion Board Chairman Dr. Cason Delahoussaye. “The goal of this partnership is to allow residents of Acadia Parish to receive health care of the highest quality right here at home in a modern patient-centered environment.”

Consultants will help the two entities develop an agreement with an April 2014 target date for Lafayette General to assume control of operations. More details about the partnership will be released as the two groups come closer to a final contract.

American Legion employs more than 450 and is the only full-service hospital in a parish of about 62,000. In addition to its main campus off U.S. 90, American Legion also operates a psychiatric hospital in Rayne and two off-site outpatient departments: a Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine and a Cardiac Outpatient Services clinic.

Lafayette General Health System also manages St. Martin Hospital in St. Martin Parish and Abrom-Kaplan Memorial Hospital in Vermilion Parish. Earlier this year, the system took over operations of the former University Medical Center, now called University Hospital & Clinics. Lafayette General Surgical Hospital is also part of its health system.

“It is our intention to successfully look for a way to fully integrate ALH into our health system while making ALH an even stronger community hospital in Acadia Parish, said David Callecod, president and CEO of Lafayette General Health.