St. Martin Hospital begins its second phase of remodeling, since the summer, which will provide more space for added services. According to CEO/VP Katie Hebert, the remodeling will make way for electronic patient records and cardiac stress testing.
However, the project is just the beginning of a new facelift for St. Martin Hospital. In the summer of 2012, the hospital will begin an approximate $2 million renovation that will add some 7,000 square feet. A large part of the construction will involve an expansion of outpatient services, relocating the lab, radiology, respiratory therapy, outpatient rehab and wound care to that area. Patients coming for outpatient services will have a designated entrance, registration area and added parking. Hebert says that relocating some of these areas to outpatient services will allow an expansion in the emergency department as well. Also in the plans is an infusion therapy clinic that will be a satellite center to Cancer Center of Acadiana at Lafayette General Medical Center. (St. Martin Hospital is an affiliate of Lafayette General.)
"Our hospital is growing with the needs of the Breaux Bridge and the surrounding communities,” says Hebert. "As part of Lafayette General, St. Martin Hospital is able to offer patients a host of additional services.” While the hospital makes changes to its physical environment, internally it has begun implementing the acclaimed Studer method of customer service directly tied to creating a positive workplace for employees and physicians.