Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center (OLGMC) is a full-service, highly-specialized care facility that offers excellent physicians and staff who are dedicated to achieving positive outcomes for patients. Serving as the main campus of the Ochsner Lafayette General region, the hospital has 334 staffed beds and is the largest full-service medical center in Acadiana.
Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center, located in the heart of Lafayette, evolved from Lafayette Sanitarium, a six-bed facility that opened in 1911 and has been a leader in healthcare throughout its existence.
Why Choose Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center?
OLGMC is your choice for great care. Our goal is simple – to build a healthier community while delivering exceptional care to the patients we serve.
Over the years, OLGMC has expanded its services and facilities to meet the community’s growing needs and now boasts:
- Center of Excellence in Breast Imaging
- Accredited Cancer Center
- Accredited Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery program
The hospital is also an advanced certified primary stroke center and a Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction Center in both Maternity Care and Bariatrics. A leader in technology, OLGMC was the first to bring the da Vinci (robotic surgical system), CyberKnife (stereotactic radiosurgery system), MAKOplasty Orthopedic Surgery and BrightMatter Servo Brain surgery to Acadiana.
Level II Trauma Center
OLGMC has the busiest emergency department in Acadiana and handles the highest level of trauma in the region as a Level II Trauma Center. The hospital’s 34-bed adult intensive care unit is staffed 24/7 by intensivists (physicians specializing in critical care), while the 31-bed neonatal intensive care unit boasts benchmark status in key performance indicators by the Vermont Oxford Network.
Accreditations and Awards
Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence: The Infectious Disease Society of America has designated OLGMC as a Center of Excellence in Antimicrobial Stewardship. One of only three of its kind in the state, this designation is given to facilities whose antimicrobial stewardship programs go above and beyond in their requirements to ensure patients' infections are effectively and safely treated.
Blue Distinction Center Designation: Selected by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, OLGMC has been named a Blue Distinction Center Plus for knee replacement, hip replacement and spine surgeries. OLGMC is one of only four facilities in Louisiana to receive the Blue Distinction designation for spine surgery and only one of three to receive Blue Distinction Plus designation for spine surgery.
Gold Seal of Approval: OLGMC is certified by The Joint Commission for Disease-Specific Care for Joint Replacement of the Hip, Knee and Shoulder giving it the Gold Seal of Approval among Acadiana hospitals. The national survey firm Press Ganey, Inc., places Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center in the top 1% in the nation for orthopedic patient satisfaction, making it clear that Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center is the optimal place for orthopedic care. There’s no stronger endorsement of care than the word of our patients.
Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center (OLGMC) offers an extensive variety of services and specialties to serve Acadiana and its surrounding communities, including:
- 24-hour Emergency Services
- Allergy Testing
- Breast Care
- Cancer Care
- Cardiovascular & Heart Health
- Corporate Health
- Ear, Nose & Throat
- Emergency Medicine
- Hospital Medicine
- Hyperbarics & Wound Care
- Outpatient Therapy
- Palliative Care
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Primary Care
- Radiology and Imaging
- Skilled Nursing
- Urgent Care
- Women’s Health
The Heart & Vascular Center at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center sets the standard in the fight against heart disease. OLGMC was the first hospital to perform open-heart surgery and heart catheterization in Acadiana and has been the regional leader ever since. More importantly, OLGMC offers excellence in care through the entire healing process - from admitting into our emergency department, during surgery, to recovery, even after discharge through our cardiac rehab program.
The Heart and Vascular Center is located at 155 Hospital Drive, Suite 201 in Lafayette. For more information, please call us at 337-289-7999.
Non-Invasive Cardiac Lab
One of the most complex and critical aspects of treating heart disease occurs in the diagnostic phase. Before any treatment can be prescribed or surgery can be performed, an accurate diagnosis must be made. This requires cutting edge technology and training to accurately identify and pinpoint any compromised arteries, blocked vessels or abnormal heart rhythms.
The Catheterization (Cath) Lab is a highly complex and technical unit where more invasive procedures are performed to diagnose and, if necessary, intervene on blocked or compromised arteries and blood vessels. The most well-known of these intervention procedures is the angiogram, where a tiny catheter is threaded through an artery in the leg and up to the heart to better view the state of the coronary arteries.
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
With the most experienced cardiac nurses working alongside skilled cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons, patients at OLGMC are assured unparalleled precision and care that is so critical during cardiovascular surgical procedures. Every patient benefits from OLGMC’s experienced team of surgeons, nurses, surgical techs, perfusionists and anesthesiologists. They are also skilled in handling a wide range of cardiac patient profiles, from pediatrics to geriatrics.
After surgery, patients are monitored in OLGMC’s critical care units, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or nursing units. The hours, and even days, after surgery are sometimes just as critical as the procedure itself, which is why the staff checks on surgery patients even after they’ve returned home. OLGMC has an uncompromised commitment to be the best. That can only be achieved by offering a high level of skill with years of experience mastered in a team environment.
An overnight stay in the hospital is never easy, but having a patient-centered care approach eases the stress on patients and their families. At OLGMC, private rooms, designed to function at every level of care, dramatically reduce patient transfer within the hospital. Twenty-four-hour visitation allows family members to assist in recovery and rehabilitation. OLGMC also offers comprehensive patient and family education, providing a greater understanding of heart disease, recovery and future home care needs.
Quality care sets OLGMC apart, particularly because of the full range of specialists on call. In addition to cardiologists and cardiologists, OLGMC has pulmonologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, nephrologists and other specialists on hand should complications arise.
Coumadin and Infusion Center
The Coumadin Clinic and the Infusion Center are both located inside the Burdin Riehl Center located at 1211 Coolidge Street, across from Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center. The Infusion Center is inside the Ochsner Cancer Center of Acadiana on the first floor, and the Coumadin Clinic is on the second floor. If you have any questions, please call (337) 289-7557.
The Coumadin Clinic provides monitoring, dosing and education for specialty drug therapy such as Warfarin. At the Infusion Center, the knowledgeable staff of nurses administers infusion therapies such as chemotherapy, inotropic therapy, immune globulin therapy and IV (intravenous) antibiotics. Each pod has a large flat-screen TV with personal wireless headphones accessible.
Located at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center (OLGMC), the Stroke Center specializes in comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with stroke symptoms. Our dedicated professionals are highly skilled and dedicated to improving the care and ultimate outcome for stroke patients through a rapid triage response, evidence-based treatment approaches, patient/family support and ongoing stroke education. OLGMC offers stroke treatment and rehabilitation services throughout the week, and we provide flexible hours to meet your needs.
Recognized for Excellence in Stroke Care
After undergoing an onsite evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, OLGMC earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. We are now highlighted on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Stroke Center Near You” website, signifying that OLGMC is providing “next generation stroke care.”
Stroke Rehabilitation Program
Backed by at team of critical care specialists, OLGMC continues to work diligently to ensure that stroke protocols meet national benchmarks for best practices.
OLGMC’s Stroke Program offers the full continuum of care from the Emergency Department all the way to rehabilitation at OLG’s Orthopedic hospital’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit. The stroke rehab unit achieved The Joint Commission’s Disease Specific Certification as a Stroke Rehab Unit in 2015.
Support for Survivors
After a stroke, it may seem that no one understands what you’re going through. The Acadiana Stroke Support Group is here to help. The group meets in the Second Floor Classroom, Suite 2500, at OLG’s Orthopedic Hospital’s Medical Office Building at 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.
Hospital Visiting Hours: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
ICU Visiting Hours: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Hospital Night Visiting Hours: 8:30 p.m. - 5:30 a.m.
Visitor Guidelines: All guests must check in with the security officer to receive a visitor badge with the room number of the patient they are visiting. One visitor per patient, 18 years or older, is allowed to stay overnight. Overnight visitors must stay in the room.
Additional Visiting Hours:
- Intensive Care Unit: Patients in the ICU need to rest and heal, so please limit the time you are in the patient’s room. Children under the age of 14 will not be allowed to enter the ICU because their body’s immune system is not strong enough to protect them against germs they could be exposed to in the ICU. A form of photo ID is required to visit any patient in the ICU. Children ages 14 to 17 visiting in the ICU are to be accompanied by an adult with a valid form of photo ID.
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Parents and grandparents may visit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit any time except between 6-8 a.m., 10-11 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. No visitors under 18 are allowed in the NICU. No visitor is allowed to stay overnight in the NICU.
- Emergency Room: Only one visitor per patient allowed.
- Labor/Delivery/Mother-Baby: Two visitors allowed at one time + midwife or Doula or birthing/Lamaze coach during labor
Mondays-Fridays at11:30 a.m. in the Chapel
Sundays at 6 a.m. in Owen Auditorium
Ash Wednesday and Holy Days of Obligation at 3 p.m. in Owen Auditorium
The hospital gift shop, conveniently located on the first floor, is stocked with personal and unique gift items, magazines, snacks, plants and balloons. Other items include infant and preemie clothes, gifts for new babies, new moms and siblings. Gift certificates are also available. Patients may have items delivered to their rooms by calling 337-289-7194.
Some items are not appropriate to bring in the ICU. Flowers can cause patients to have allergic reactions, especially while sick and plants are never allowed at any time. Dirt harbors bacteria and flowers contain pollen and other allergens that cause negative reactions.
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Holidays: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.