Healthcare in St. Landry Parish is better now than it ever has been. With the acquisition of Doctors’ Hospital and the 2005 establishment of OGH Imaging in Sunset, Opelousas General Health System (OGHS) is better able to fulfill the commitment and mission of providing the most technologically advanced services to the residents of St. Landry Parish and the surrounding communities.
The biggest challenge OGHS faces is moving the right services to the south campus and efficiently occupying available space at the main campus. Currently, OGHS’s main campus offers inpatient, acute care, diagnostics, ancillary care and emergency medicine, while OGHS’s south campus offers rehabilitation services, long-term acute care, psychiatric services, pain management, diagnostics and non-acute emergency medicine. OGH Imaging, located 10 miles south of Opelousas in Sunset, provides diagnostics in radiology and laboratory services. Opelousas General Health System now offers the most comprehensive care available in the region.
Established in May 1957, OGHS has grown into a 256-bed facility offering an extensive variety of specialized services. With a medical staff exceeding 200 physicians, OGHS is able to offer diverse services to the community, alleviating the need to travel away from home for medical care. OGHS is a JCAHO accredited facility ensuring the highest quality of patient care. Most recently, OGHS has acquired an $8 million (39-month implementation) electronic medical record system from McKesson Information Solutions capable of physician access to patient information 24 hours a day.
Opelousas General and the OGHS Foundation support the community by donating more than $100,000 in sponsorships and donations each year. In an effort to decrease the shortage of medical professionals in Louisiana, OGHS’s foundation offers scholarships to students seeking medical careers.
There are a number of nursing homes, assisted living centers and senior care facilities to serve residents in Opelousas and the entirety of St. Landry Parish. Home health services, dentistry, orthodontics, physical therapy and sleep labs are continuing to move into the local community. In addition, there are local substance abuse resources available, medication assistance and a parish health unit in Opelousas.