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Archer Institute Officially Opens to the Public


The most modern inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services are now available in Southwest Louisiana. The Archer Institute is officially open, offering treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues with the backing of the largest regional, community-owned health system – Memorial. The first stand-alone mental health facility built in Louisiana in 40 years, the first phase of Archer Institute includes a 28-bed adult unit and a 14-bed child/adolescent unit, providing services for age five and older.

Patients no longer need to go to the emergency room to access behavioral health services. Archer Institute is designed as an alternative to the traditional hospital emergency room. When no life-threatening physical issues are present, mental health specialists are onsite to quickly facilitate free assessment and recommendation on the type of treatment they may need, whether that is outpatient care, day program or inpatient hospitalization.

The current adult unit on the 10th floor of Memorial’s main campus has been converted into a 31-bed Geriatric psychiatric unit for patients who need medical care. Looking to the future additional expansions have been designed for the Institute should the need arise.

The Archer Institute is located in South Lake Charles at 6713 Nelson Road in Lake Charles, just north of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women. The public can call 1-800-480-7792, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for help.

Psychiatrist Dr. Dale Archer, Jr, made a major donation towards the new hospital through the Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial. The facility’s official name is 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.