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Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center (OLGMC) is the largest full-service medical center in the region with 334 beds. Our physicians and staff are dedicated to caring for our patients in the Lafayette area. 

Located in the heart of Lafayette, OLGMC evolved from Lafayette Sanitarium, a six-bed facility that opened in 1911 and has been a leader in healthcare throughout its existence.

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Why choose Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center?

OLGMC is your choice for great care. Our goal is 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 is recognized in the following areas:

  • Center of Excellence in breast imaging
  • Accredited cancer center
  • Accredited Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery program
  • Advanced Certified Primary Stroke Center
  • Center of Excellence in neurology
  • Center of Excellence in orthopedics

A leader in technology, OLGMC was the first to offer the following in the Lafayette area:

  • The da Vinci robotic surgical system
  • CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery system
  • MAKOplasty orthopedic surgery
  • BrightMatter Servo brain surgery

Hospital visiting hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

ICU visiting hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Hospital night visiting hours: 8:30 p.m.-5:30 a.m.

Visitor guidelines: The only entrance to the hospital is through the doors located in the Emergency Department (located by the Heymann Center side of the building). 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 NICU 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 are allowed at one time, plus a midwife, doula or birthing/Lamaze coach during labor.

Chapel hours:
Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel
Sunday at 6 a.m. in Owen Auditorium
Ash Wednesday and Holy Days of Obligation at 3 p.m. in Owen Auditorium

Our administrative team

Chief Executive Officer Al Patin
Chief Operating Officer Jude Fontenot

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 to slow the emergence of antibiotic resistance, optimize the treatment of infections, reduce negative side effects with antibiotic use and to address other challenging areas related to antimicrobial stewardship.

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.

National Safe Sleep Hospital

OLGMC is certified by Cribs for Kids' as a safe sleep hospital. This program recognizes hospitals for their commitments to infant safe sleep to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation (ASSB), Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and unsafe sleep injuries. The program awards gold, silver and bronze designations and OLGMC is proud to earn the gold designation.

To stay up to date and learn about the newest safe sleep practices to reduce the likelihood of SIDS, visit American Academy of Pediatrics.

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 best place for orthopedic care. 

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 (ICU) is staffed 24/7 by physicians specializing in critical care, while the 31-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) achieves key performance indicators by the Vermont Oxford Network.

Major Teaching Hospital

Teaching hospitals are premier facilities aligned with accredited medical schools to supervise, train and instruct medical school graduates until they meet certification requirements in their field of specialty or subspecialty. OLGMC became a major teaching hospital on July 1, 2013. 

Teaching hospitals are well known for improving the health of the communities they serve, as the academic setting encourages a team approach to patient care. To become a major teaching hospital in Louisiana requires participation in at least four approved medical residency programs with at least two of the programs in surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, family practice, emergency medicine or psychiatry, or an equivalency of at least 20 filled positions in family practice located more than 150 miles from the accredited medical school.

Learn more about the medical education programs.

Heart and Vascular Center

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 the Lafayette area 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 and 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.

Catheterization lab

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 given the 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 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. 

Inpatient care

An overnight stay in the hospital is never easy, but having a patient-centered care approach eases the stress on patients and their families. OLGMC offers private rooms which 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 clinic 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.

Stroke Center

Located at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center, the Stroke Center specializes in comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with stroke symptoms. Our dedicated professionals are highly skilled and dedicated to providing the best possible outcome for stroke patients with quick and effective care, support and stroke education. The Stroke Center offers treatment and rehabilitation services throughout the week and provides 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, Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. We are highlighted on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Quality Near You designation, signifying that the Stroke Center provides next generation stroke care.

Stroke rehabilitation program

Backed by a team of critical care specialists, the Stroke Center meets national benchmarks for best practices. Our program offers full range of care from the emergency room to rehabilitation at Ochsner Lafayette General 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.

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 by providing a support system for survivors and families. This is a community service provided by Ochsner Lafayette General. Anyone, regardless of where you seek medical treatment, can attend the meetings. The group meets in the Second Floor Classroom, Suite 2500, at Ochsner Lafayette General Orthopedic Hospital’s Medical Office Building at 3-4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, call 337-289-7740.

Birthing Services

Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center has a dedicated, experienced nursing staff, physicians and childbirth educators that many mothers have come to love and trust — so much so that surveys have consistently ranked us in the 99th percentile for patients' likelihood of recommending our facility to other mothers-to-be. We have delivered babies for generations of families, including vaginal births, cesarean sections, multiple births and premature deliveries — and we are still the only Lafayette hospital to provide intensive care services to mother and baby under one roof, with an adult ICU and a Level III NICU.

Learn more about birthing services.

Bariatrics

At Ochsner General & Bariatric Surgery we understand obesity is a disease, and we treat it as such. We offer you the best surgical weight loss program in Lafayette that combines skilled surgeons with a talented staff of bariatric specialists and patient care experts. Our team will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve, while also offering support for the rest of your life. Let us help you change your life for the better – starting today. 

From bariatric care and health education to lifelong guidance and support, our team has identified the essentials in establishing and maintaining a a healthy lifestyle. Visit our Bariatric Surgery: Lafayette webpage or call us at 337-233-9900 to learn about our bariatric offerings in Lafayette.

Awards/Certifications

  • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement Program- Comprehensive Center
  • Blue Distinction Plus Center
  • Cigna 3 Star Quality Program
  • Optum Center of Excellence

US News & World Report Best Regional Hospital 2023 24 Southwestern Louisiana

U.S. News & World Report

Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center, including Ochsner Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, Ochsner Lafayette General Orthopedic Hospital and Ochsner Cancer Center of Acadiana, is ranked as the best hospital in Southwestern Louisiana.

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Ochsner Health offers prenatal classes/childbirth education to address questions about childbirth, breastfeeding, baby care and more.

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