A lack of mental health services in Southwest Louisiana and statewide are
at critical heights, and Lake Charles Memorial Health System is stepping
up to fill a much needed void with a $19 million behavioral health hospital.
The construction is taking place at the Memorial South Campus at the corner
of Nelson and Gauthier Roads. A team of architects and medical staff took
a year designing the new hospital by looking at some of the best facilities
in the nation.
It has been designed specifically with patient needs in mind and based
on current state-of-the-art psychiatric care. Psychiatrist Dr. Dale Archer,
Jr, made a major donation towards the new hospital through the Foundation
at Lake Charles Memorial. The facility will be known as the Archer Institute
at Lake Charles Memorial Health System to honor Dr. Archer's legacy
as a leader and mental health advocate in Southwest Louisiana.
The first phase is set to open in 2017 and will consist of two units: a
28 bed adult unit and a 14 bed adolescent unit. The current adult unit on the 10th floor of Memorial’s main campus will be converted to a 30-bed geriatric unit.
Two other phases will be added to the behavioral health hospital in the
future: two additional 28 bed units and a medical office building for
outpatient programs. When all phases are completed, a total of 65,000
square feet and 102 beds will be available to treat the behavioral health
needs of Southwest Louisiana.
Patients will no longer need to go to the emergency room to access behavioral
health services. They will be able to go directly to the new hospital
and receive a free assessment and recommendation on the type of treatment
they may need, whether that is outpatient care, day program or inpatient