When residents of Southwest Louisiana need medical care, they can find what they need right at home.
With a growing network that includes more than a dozen hospitals, and even more specialty centers and specialists, locals have access to the latest technologies and treatments. Besides greatly enhancing the region’s quality of life, all these local medical facilities provide thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact.
“From a business perspective, it is a great place to do business because of the integrity of our public officials and the drive to make this a great place for commerce,” says Dr. John Noble Jr., an orthopaedic specialist at Center for Orthopaedics in Lake Charles. “The growth taking place is phenomenal and is leading to incredible opportunity for all businesses, including health care providers.”
The region’s many hospitals and other medical facilities ensure that quality care is never too far away. West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) is a 107-bed facility that also operates rural health clinics in the Vinton, Hackberry and Johnson Bayou areas to reach communities that otherwise might not receive health care.
“With the increased growth and opportunity in Southwest Louisiana, health care facilities are working together to meet the growing demands of health care needs in our area,” says Janie Fruge’, WCCH chief executive officer.
WCCH offers many services including cancer care, hospital medicine, obstetric care, pediatrics, orthopaedics, sleep medicine, cardiology, emergency medicine, wound healing and a home health agency. A 50,000-square-foot wing was added in 2010 to include the addition of a new Intensive Care Unit, Radiology department, and Admissions department. In recent years, the Sallye Jean Toniette, MD, Women’s Center was completely renovated and included the expansion of an additional labor and delivery room. The hospital also owns and operates the Genesis Therapeutic Riding Center which offers occupational therapy services for children and adults with a variety of diagnoses provided in a holistic, natural environment incorporating the use of horses during therapy.
Community Hospitals in Southwest Louisiana
DeQuincy Memorial Hospital is a critical access hospital that opened in 1981 and serves patients throughout North Calcasieu Parish and surrounding areas. Providing emergency and routine medical care, the hospital includes a 24-hour emergency room, an in-patient behavioral health unit, out-patient speech and respiratory therapies and cardiology care. DeQuincy Home Health provides specialized care to patients at their homes.
Jennings American Legion Hospital (JALH) is a 49-bed nonprofit acute-care hospital. Members of the James O. Hall Post 19 American Legion established the hospital to meet the needs of their community. Since its opening in 1960, JALH has provided big-city services in a small community atmosphere by incorporating 21st century technologies, procedures and treatments to care for the community that created the hospital.
CHRISTUS Health and Ochsner Health System have created a joint venture to operate hospitals and physician practices in Lake Charles. The venture involves the Lake Area Hospital, an 88-bed acute-care hospital that offers 36 medical specialties and is known for its women’s services, with the 100-bed St. Patrick Hospital, which also offers many services including cancer care, brain care and robotic surgery.
Lake Charles Memorial Health System operates six facilities, including the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women and the Archer Institute, a new behavioral health hospital.
Beauregard Memorial Hospital is a 49-bed acute-care facility serving Beauregard and Vernon parishes and the surrounding areas. Located in DeRidder, Beauregard is a community-owned, nonprofit hospital.
Other hospitals in the region include Allen Parish Hospital, Oakdale Community Hospital and South Cameron Memorial Hospital.
Center for Orthopaedics in Lake Charles
High-quality specialty care is available throughout the region through providers such as The Center for Orthopaedics, the region’s largest independent musculoskeletal group, which offers a wide range of services for patients of all ages and a sports medicine department. An affiliate of Imperial Health, the center was established in Lake Charles in 1994 with four doctors and now has 11 doctors working in three locations that serve all of Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. The center’s doctors were all born and raised in Louisiana.
Both the Center for Orthopaedics and The Eye Clinic, the region’s leading eye-care center, are located in Imperial Point, a new Lake Charles community that merges health and wellness facilities with shops, offices and housing. The Eye Clinic has expanded to six locations throughout the area, and now offers more care options with the addition of several specialists. The clinic was the first between New Orleans and Houston to launch an ophthalmic laser program.
Other specialty providers include Cornerstone Hospital Southwest Louisiana in Sulphur, which is a 30-bed facility for medically complex patients. Cornerstone is designed to complement the continuum of care of traditional medical facilities with services that include wound care management and pulmonary and rehabilitation programs.
“Having traveled across the country for both medical training and tourism, I decided to return to my hometown because of the people,” says Dr. Noble of the Center for Orthopaedics. “I sincerely believe the population of Southwest Louisiana has the greatest patients anywhere… it is truly an honor to take care of them.”