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Serving as the healthcare hub of the region, Alexandria and Pineville house several excellent hospitals, coupled with additional local hospitals located in surrounding parishes.

The 359-bed Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria boasts accreditation by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO). The hospital’s extensive medical staff is comprised of physicians specializing in over 30 healthcare fields. A wide spectrum of services are offered at Rapides, including general medicine, surgery, cardiac rehabilitation, neurosurgery, intensive care, obstetrics, nursing and outpatient services, to name a few. The hospital’s specialized clinics include the Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Total Cancer Care, the Oncology Care Center, Rapides Heart Center and an MDA Clinic, located in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The hospital’s newest additions came in 2002 and 2003 – the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was opened in 2002 for newborns who are premature or have respiratory issues, sepsis or infections, as well as other conditions; and the six-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, which opened in 2003 and hails as the only facility of it’s kind in Central Louisiana.

Servicing the area for almost 60 years, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini hospital is licensed for 241 beds and is comprised of 1,600 employees and 325 physicians. A host of centers and clinics make up this top-rate healthcare facility – the Cabrini Women’s Heart Center, the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic, Minor Care Clinic, Cabrini Center for Physical Rehabilitation, the Genetics Clinic, Perinatology/Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic, the Cabrini Sleep Center, the Breast Health Center, the Total Wound Treatment Center and the Joint Replacement Center.

Positioned within St. Frances Cabrini is the Dubuis Hospital of Alexandria, a 35-bed facility providing long-term acute care. Medical services include medically complex or cardiac care, ventilator dependent, respiratory rehabilitation, wound care and rehabilitation.

The 183-bed healthcare institution, Huey P. Long Medical Center, opened its doors in Alexandria in 1939. The scope of medical fields is vast and includes dental, disease management, emergency care, intensive care, psychiatric services, pediatrics, primary care and surgery.

Classified as a Specialty Referral Facility, the Alexandria VA Medical Center in Pineville offers 441 licensed beds for acute and extended care in medicine, surgery and psychiatry for veterans in the region. Nursing home care, a chemical dependency outpatient program, psychiatry and a women veterans clinic are a few of the special programs offered at the VA hospital.

Seventy-eight beds make up the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, plus a 112-bed skilled nursing home. More than 17,000 patients each year visit the hospital to receive medical care in a number of fields including cardiology, pediatrics, radiology, orthopedics, rehabilitation, emergency care and many more.

Marksville is the site of the 55-bed Avoyelles Hospital, housing 185 employees and 27 physicians specializing in a host of medical care services, including family practice, general surgery, internal medicine, behavioral health, cardiac care, rehabilitation services and more.

LaSalle Parish is home to two hospitals, LaSalle General Hospital and Hardtner Medical Center. Located in Jena, LaSalle General Hospital is a 67-bed facility with a medical staff comprised of five physicians, while the 49-bed Hardtner Medical Center in Urania has eight physicians on staff.

Central Louisiana State Hospital (CLSH), situated in Pineville, is a full-service psychiatric hospital providing acute, intermediate and long-term mental health care, along with treatment and rehabilitative services for children through adults. Patients receive treatment through individual, group and family therapy, recreational, occupational, art and music therapy, speech and hearing therapy and general educational services, to name a few. CLSH is licensed by the State of Louisiana, accredited by JCAHO and certified by the Federal Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).

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