Lake Charles Memorial Health System is moving forward with a $19 million
behavioral health hospital in South Lake Charles. Memorial officially
broke ground on the new facility on the morning of Wednesday, September 21.
Memorial’s new behavioral health hospital is under construction adjacent
to the Memorial Hospital for Women campus. 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.
“This one was designed from the ground up specifically with patient
needs in mind and current state-of-the-art psychiatric care,” says
Robert Prehn, PhD., Vice President of Specialty Services. “We can
do things with this facility that we would not be able to do with a facility
that we were renovating.”
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
Renderings of the project can be downloaded here: