Southwest Louisiana residents and visitors have access to sophisticated, comprehensive healthcare services in the five-parish area. The region is consistently in step with advanced medical technology; local facilities are constantly under expansion to ensure that patients receive the highest quality of care.
The healthcare industry in Southwest Louisiana is one of the largest employment sectors, providing jobs to over 4,489 people in Calcasieu Parish alone.
Existing services include nationally recognized cardiac care, cutting-edge orthopaedic services, state-of-the-art imaging technology and specialized care for patients with cancer, diabetes, eye diseases and other health conditions. These services are offered through the region’s 14 hospitals and a multitude of diagnostic facilities, surgical centers, private clinics and support services, as well as thousands of committed doctors and other healthcare providers.
McNeese State University operates one of the best nursing schools in the country, which helps facilitate the workforce that supports healthcare in the community. Southwest Louisiana is also home to a family practice residency program, as well as the site of numerous other medical training programs, ensuring continuity of care for future generations.
We’re proud of the level of healthcare specialization available in our region, from dedicated women’s hospitals with the highest level of neonatal intensive care for the newborns, to rehabilitation centers and wound healing technology that restore mobility and return patients to a higher quality of life.
There is a growing influx of practitioners in alternative medicine; patients who seek acupuncture, massage, chiropractic and other non-traditional paths to sustainable healthcare have more options than ever before. Our region also provides numerous care centers at all levels for the older adults and the elderly, including retirement communities, assisted living centers and traditional nursing homes.
Some of the latest research in the areas of medical technology and treatments is being conducted in area hospitals and physician practices, putting SWLA on the fast-track to becoming a leading research hub in several specialized areas.
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