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Built in 1955, the original Lakewood Hospital had fifty (50) beds. There were approximately seven (7) physicians on staff at that time. The major services that were offered included medical/surgical/acute care, emergency services, surgery, labor/delivery, and newborn nursery care. The hospital also offered ancillary services such as radiology, laboratory, dietary, purchasing, and accounting. The community hospital was located in what is now the medical plaza.
In 1960, Lakewood Hospital increased its capacity to ninety-six (96) beds and expanded the surgical suites to include orthopedics, obstetrics, newborn nursery and ancillary departments. This was known as Station 2.
The expansion in 1960 met area needs for several years, but Morgan City and the surrounding area continued to grow at a phenomenal rate due to the offshore oil and gas exploration industries. At that time, there were over one hundred (100) babies born per month at Lakewood.
By 1970 the hospital was overcrowded and antiquated and in need of an expansion due to the population increase. Although voters in the area had rejected bond proposals that would have financed further expansions, the Board of Commissioners unveiled a plan to build a new facility in 1975. The plan called for the utilization of obligation bonds as well as contributions and donations.
In May of 1976 the voters of Hospital Service District No. 2 approved the referendum. It wasn’t until 1977 that funds for the project were made possible by donations to the Lakewood Foundation from area businesses and individuals, an 8-mil property tax, and the Federal Government’s Coastal Energy Impact Program (CEIP) or what is now called the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The CEIP program awarded grants and loans to public institutions in areas impacted by offshore oil and gas exploration.
In June of 1981, at a cost of $21 million, the new 168-bed facility was opened to provide healthcare services to the people of Morgan City, Amelia, Berwick, Bayou Vista, and Patterson. By the mid 1980’s the growth rate of the economy took a downturn and eventually crashed. This downturn made it almost impossible to make payments on the bonds that were used to finance the new facility. With the down turn also came a dramatic decrease in the funds received from the property assessment, again causing weakened financing for hospital operations.
In 1991, the existing board of commissioners was asked to resign by the Parish Council. By January of 1992, a new board referred to as the Blue Ribbon Board was appointed. Their mission was to bring the hospital back to sound financial footing while maintaining or expanding service levels. The board consisted of businessmen and women from the community. In April of 1992, the Blue Ribbon Board chose Hospital Management Professionals to manage the hospital. That company was absorbed by Quorum Health Resources, Inc.
In 1995, the community was asked to vote for a maintenance tax to be used for building and grounds improvements for the hospital. Those funds were later dedicated for the Emergency Department renovation and expansion project that came to fruition in 1999 and was completed in March of 2000. The $1.7 million expansion of the emergency department included adding 4,500 sq. ft. The new 8,500 sq. ft. expansion included a central registration, registration area, a nursing station, positioned to provide visibility to patient rooms, private consultation rooms, 2 trauma rooms, a cardiac room with advanced cardiac monitoring equipment, a decontamination room, and ob/gyn room, 2 observation rooms, and ENT room, an ortho room and 5 exam rooms.
Also, in 1995 Lakewood Hospital celebrated forty (40) years of service to the tri-city area (Morgan City, Berwick, and Patterson). A small facility built in 1955 had expanded into the seven-story complex that exists today.
In 1996, the name was changed from Lakewood Hospital to Lakewood Medical Center. The name change reflected the improvements that had been made in technology, additions to the medical staff, expanded services and in the skills of employees. These services included home health care, behavioral health, cardiac catheterization lab, rehabilitation and occupational health.
The vision they committed to would be to provide a staff of competent caring physicians and employees working together in harmony within a comfortable, convenient facility with modern equipment, providing innovative programs designed to meet the health care needs of the community.
In early 2000, the Board of Commissioners elected not to renew the Quorum contact; and in May of 2000 Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (OLOL) began managing Lakewood.
In June of 2001, the Lakewood Board of Commissioners entered into to a Letter of Intent with Province Healthcare to lease the facility for forty (40) years.
In December of 2001,the name of the hospital was changed to Teche Regional Medical Center. At that time, over $7 million was invested in the hospital to improve patient, physician, and employee satisfaction. The “People First” culture was introduced and all employees committed themselves to live by the Standards of Performance.
Province Healthcare merged with LifePoint Hospitals in March 2005, which raised our hospital affiliations from 20 to 50 hospitals. LifePoint Hospitals is one of the largest healthcare provider networks serving rural areas in the country.
In May of 2015 Teche Regional Medical Center’s parent company, LifePoint Hospitals®, announced that it changed its name to LifePoint Health to reflect its evolution from a community hospital operator to a healthcare company addressing comprehensive needs across the continuum of care. This change coincides with the company’s 16th anniversary. LifePoint Health operates facilities in more than 60 communities in 20 states, including several regional health systems. In addition to its more than 60 hospitals, it owns and operates:
- More than 1,100 physician practices;
- Nearly 40 post-acute service providers and facilities, including home health and hospice services, long-term care services, nursing homes and assisted living facilities;
- More than 30 outpatient centers, including urgent care centers, diagnostic imaging centers, ambulatory surgery centers, and radiation oncology programs.
About LifePoint Health
LifePoint Health (NASDAQ: LPNT) is a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®. Through its subsidiaries, it provides quality inpatient, outpatient and post-acute services close to home. LifePoint owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers, and post-acute facilities in 20 states. It is the sole community healthcare provider in the majority of the non-urban communities it serves. More information about the company can be found at www.LifePointHealth.net. All references to "LifePoint," "LifePoint Health" or the "Company" used in this release refer to LifePoint Health, Inc. or its affiliates.