Critical Care Starts Here
From emergency room care to in-patient intensive care Memorial can handle
a wide variety of critical care situations.
Our new, state-of-the art, 15,102 sq ft. Intensive Care Unit is on the
9th Floor of the main campus. Our existing, 10,180 sq. ft., 3rd floor
is currently being renovated. When this is complete, Memorial will have
the largest critical care unit in southwest Louisiana with a total of
32 beds. These areas are available for critically ill patients in need
of ongoing specialized cardiac, stroke, and/or pulmonary monitoring, or
recovering from major orthopedic trauma or general trauma surgery.
Our 40-bed, 25,464 square feet newly expanded ER is equipped to handle
increased patient volume and includes trauma-related services such as
telestroke and heart attack assessment, orthopedic trauma and general
trauma surgery, as well as other critical care services such as mental
health triage, respiratory and gastrointestinal distress.
In addition to general medicine treatment areas, our ED has 4 cardiac-designated
care rooms, a fast track treatment area, and 6 trauma bays. Digital diagnostics,
including CT scanning, are located in the ED which reduces transport times.
Click here to learn about our
TeleStroke Program and
Traum Program designation.
Chest Pain & Heart Attack Intervention
From the minute ED is alerted of a cardiac emergency to the time the patient
is brought to Memorial and through the cardiac catheterization lab or
surgery, our emergency and heart care team works together to provide fast
heart attack intervention treatment following nationally-established assessment
protocols. Five newly- enhanced cardiac catheterization laboratories are
available to provide emergency response to open blocked coronary arteries.
In addition, with the largest surgery department in southwest Louisiana,
our 13 renovated, state-of-the-art surgical suites are equipped with cutting
edge technology for trauma surgery.
Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
Specialized orthopedic trauma and fracture care, as well as general trauma
surgery, is available for potentially limb-threatening or life-altering
injuries that commonly result from car accidents, falls, sporting activities
and industrial accidents. Memorial is the only hospital in southwest Louisiana
to offer this critical care treatment team with trauma and orthopedic
surgeons, physiatrists and neurosurgeons working together to provide multidisciplinary
care for major injuries. Orthopedic trauma services include severed fingers,
sports injuries, and fractures such as pelvic fractures and intra-articular
fractures, and infected or improperly healed fractures.
General Trauma Surgery
Comprehensive emergent care for critical injury means patients have direct
access to specialists and advanced technology, ensuring the fastest and
most extensive care in the region. A team approach to surgical critical
care can require a multidisciplinary team of trauma, neuro, plastic, orthopedic,
heart and vascular surgeons to ensure that patients receive the best possible
care no matter the type or severity of their illness or injury. Trauma
surgery may be necessary after the body experiences a catastrophic impact,
such as a major car crash, a gunshot wound, a stabbing, a severe fall,
a crush injury, or being struck by a car.
Mental Health Intervention
Currently, our ED offers a specially-designated triage area for emergent
mental illness issues. Archer Institute, a new, 34,000 sq. ft., stand-alone
mental health hospital with emergency triage services, will open in 2018.
Phase I (adult & adolescent units) will include 42 beds. Phase II
(geri-psych and substance abuse units + a medical office building) will
add an additional 56 beds for a total of 98 beds once both phases of construction