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A growing community needs a growing hospital. Having access to quality healthcare is an essential pillar for growth in any society. Our Jennings community is growing and, thanks to the vision and commitment of the leaders at Jennings American Legion Hospital (JALH), services continue to be expanded.

The cath lab at JALH opened in early July 2008, bringing enhanced cardiology services to the Jennings area and surrounding communities. In the past year, following completion of cardiology residency training at Tulane and Duke Universities, Dr. Lam Nguyen returned to Jennings. He is practicing cardiology full-time. “Expanding our cardiology services is something we’ve planned for, and I’m pleased to see the pieces coming together,” explained Dana Williams, Chief Executive Officer.

With the cath lab in full daily operation, the Jennings hospital can provide a wide range of cardiology services, including nuclear stress testing, echocardiograms, pacemaker procedures and angioplasty. “The overall goal is to provide these needed cardiology services close to home, so that people in our community won’t have to go out of town for these vital procedures,” Williams explained.


Hospital leaders continue to focus on future growth and have been developing a strategic plan for the organization, to include master facilities planning. This encompasses a vision for expansion and renovation of the front entrance, the emergency department, operating rooms and outpatient care areas. JALH cares for the community in partnership with the outstanding providers that serve on the medical staff. Recruiting physicians who have grown up in the area and have a strong commitment to primary care in a rural environment has yielded great benefits. “Healthcare is one of the founding pillars of any community,” Williams said. “Residents must have access to innovative medical care, as well as education, safety, recreation and other building blocks for a successful community. I believe that one of the reasons for the growth in the Jennings community is due to the healthcare resources available through this hospital,” Williams continued. “We are continually working on improving the scope of services offered and communicating to our community that these services are available right here at home.”

We have a newly formed JALH Foundation which will allow us to link monetary donations from patients, families and community members with needs and services within the hospital. Funds generated will benefit patient care, technology or educational programs.

For more information about Jennings American Legion Hospital, call (337) 616-7000 or visit

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