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The medical landscape of Vermilion Parish is extensive, with virtually all health care specialties and subspecialties represented. The parish is well-equipped with two accredited hospital campuses, along with a number of excellent health clinics and physician offices.

Abbeville General

Abbeville General has had a rebirth! Since they are SO MUCH MORE than a hospital, they have decided to drop the term, “Hospital,” adopt a NEW LOGO, and liken themselves to the Whooping Crane (one of the world’s rarest birds that came close to extinction and is now thriving in Southwestern Louisiana today). Abbeville General is committed to providing Access to Quality Care Close to Home in a safe environment to the residents of their community and surrounding areas, and to be recognized as the Healthcare System of Choice for Vermilion Parish.

Abbeville General has made many physical improvements, has added various value-added services, and has maintained their top priority for 50 years (since 1966), which is to continually meet the health care needs of their community through progress and a commitment to excellence. Many patients ARE coming home for their health care, instead of traveling to nearby cities. They are utilizing the Primary Care Medical Homes that are strategically placed in three cities throughout the parish for their primary care needs, as well as the various off-site centers that offer lab and X-ray services. They are utilizing the Telemedicine services to see specialists in a timely manner. State-of-the-art equipment is provided by each and every department to ensure the highest diagnostic and surgical care. There is no wonder patients are coming home!

Abbeville General has earned numerous awards for their quality care, including the coveted Top Performer Award by the Joint Commission for Pneumonia and Surgical Care. The dedicated staff at Abbeville General works tirelessly to ensure not only patient safety, but patient satisfaction as well.

The newly remodeled Emergency Department (ED) at Abbeville General continues to provide 24-hour emergency care with all modern equipment:

• The Stroke Robot offers the ED physician 24/7 access to a neurologist through an affiliation with Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

• Houses two trauma rooms, a bariatric room, isolation room, and a decontamination room.

• Encompasses 9,085 square feet.

• Has nine treatment rooms with 18 patient care spaces.

• Is paid in full with sales tax dollars from residents in Vermilion Parish!

The Cancer Center of Acadiana at Abbeville General (CCA) provides chemotherapy infusions, as well as other infusion therapies. The enhanced services provided by CCA include board-certified oncologists and collaboration with Lafayette General Medical Center’s Radiation Oncology Unit. The CCA provides true comprehensive cancer care, dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer for the whole person- mind, body, and spirit. This whole-patient approach helps their patients fight cancer while maintaining a hold on their life … at home.

The Sleep Center at Abbeville General, located on the third floor, provides overnight sleep studies for evaluation and diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. Sleep studies are performed in a comfortable, home-like environment and can determine if someone would benefit from treatment. All overnight studies are performed by licensed registered polysomnograph technicians and interpreted by a board certified sleep specialist.

The Surgery Department includes three operating suites, two minor procedure suites, an endoscopy suite, a Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, a day surgery/outpatient unit and a holding area. A wide variety of services are offered, including minor procedures, bone marrow biopsies, inpatient surgeries and outpatient surgeries. Due to technical advances and new, minimally invasive procedures in the operating room, the majority of patients have same day surgery and are able to return home shortly after surgery. Abbeville General also offers high-definition endoscopy, as well as laparoscopy for certain surgeries.

Interventional pain therapy, performed by a full-time anesthesiologist, provides pain relief through the use of nerve blocks for patients suffering U with chronic pain of the lower back and legs. This is accomplished by epidural steroid injections – a minimally invasive procedure that helps relieve back and leg pain caused by inflamed spinal nerves.

Acute pain, associated with total knee replacements, shoulder surgery, and other orthopedic surgeries, is completely eliminated for three days, with a nerve block, allowing patients to begin physical therapy the same day of surgery – pain free. Once the patient returns home, there is usually minimal discomfort.

Other highly technological diagnostic equipment used at Abbeville General includes: Full Field Digital Mammography- the gold standard for breast imaging; DXA Bone Densitometry; GE Medical System 16 Slice CT Scanner; Nuclear Non-Stress Test; EKG/Holter Monitoring/Stress testing; EEG; Echocardiography; Arterial Blood Gas Procurement. Also performed is myocardial perfusion imaging, a noninvasive imaging test that shows how well blood perfuses the heart muscle.

Obstetrics/Nursery Department is where life begins at Abbeville General. There are family waiting areas for the convenience of family and visitors. The unit contains two LDR rooms in which mothers will labor, deliver and recover in the privacy of their own room and one Antepartum room in the event testing procedures are needed during the pregnancy. These rooms contain fetal monitoring equipment to measure contractions and the baby’s heartbeat, plus other equipment needed for the birth. After delivery mothers recover in one of the four remodeled postpartum rooms. The HUGS System, where all babies are tagged at delivery, ensures the safety of all babies born at Abbeville General.

The Primary Care Medical Homes, located in Abbeville, Maurice and Erath, offer primary care to all residents across Vermilion Parish and are all certified by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. In these rural health clinics, a variety of family health services are offered, including EPSDT screenings for pediatric patients, obstetric and gynecological services, internal medicine, nephrology and geriatrics. A number of community services are also offered, such as laboratory, immunizations, flu shots, blood pressure checks and more. In the Abbeville location, patients can see a variety of specialists at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, via a computer, using Telemedicine, to diagnose and treat many health conditions. Appointments are taken, and walk-ins are welcome. For more information, check out Abbeville General on Facebook and its website:

Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital

While many rural hospitals have struggled in the complex health care marketplace, one hospital is celebrating notable accomplishments in the industry and securing its future. Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital (AKMH) is the newest member of a growing group of rural hospitals joining Acadiana’s largest nonprofit health system, Lafayette General Health (LGH).

Since opening its doors in 1958, AKMH has grown to offer a variety of services including: Pediatrics, General Surgery, (including Laparoscopic), Lab Services, Digital Radiology, CT Scanning, Digital Mammography, Ultrasound, Endoscopic and Colonoscopy Procedures, Physical Rehabilitation, Home Health, Inpatient Psychiatric Services and Extended Stay.

Through the years, Abrom Kaplan has remained viable and competitive, benefitting from a partial-management arrangement made with Lafayette General in 2002. The arrangement allowed the hospital to pursue strategies, access financial analysis and participate in group-purchasing discounts. It promoted the continued prosperity of AKMH, as well as introduced new opportunities for the hospital to thrive.

In 2014, Abrom Kaplan was recognized for successes achieved through the nationwide program “Harm Across the Board.” The hospital excelled in providing safety across the board, including a 20 percent reduction in preventable hospital readmissions. Other areas of notable improvement included reduction of falls, adverse drug events, surgical site infections and other infections.

As a role model for other rural hospitals, AKMH hosted a Rural Trauma Team Development Course in August 2014. The course educated hospital ER staff and other rural health care providers on the current standards of care in the ER environment.

Abrom Kaplan ended 2014 on the up note, being named among the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the Country in Financial Stability by the National Rural Health Association for the second consecutive year.

These successes and plans for new opportunities led the hospital to sign a multi-year lease with LGH. LGH assumes expanded management and operational control of the hospital, its physical plant and equipment, effective June 1. The move to fully partner with Lafayette General offers patients in Vermilion Parish access to more physicians and a full network of additional resources. The long-term arrangement will serve the residents of Kaplan and the surrounding area with access to more services, lower costs, more options in quality care and still unseen opportunities in the future.

Among the changes enjoyed at AKMH, facility-wide upgrades have been made inside and out at AKMH since 2013. The most recent facelifts, noticeable by the fall of 2015, include new paint on the hospital’s exterior, along with new impact-rated exterior doors and windows. Inside the facility, patient rooms received a fresh coat of paint, new furniture and environmental AC units for better air quality.

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