Built in 1955, the original Lakewood Hospital had fifty (50) beds. There were approximately seven (7) physicians on staff at that time. The major services that were offered included medical/surgical/acute care, emergency services, surgery, labor/delivery, and newborn nursery care. The hospital also offered ancillary services such as radiology, laboratory, dietary, purchasing, and accounting. The community hospital was located in what is now the medical plaza.
In 1960, Lakewood Hospital increased its capacity to ninety-six (96) beds and expanded the surgical suites to include orthopedics, obstetrics, newborn nursery and ancillary departments.
The expansion in 1960 met area needs for several years, but Morgan City and the surrounding area continued to grow at a phenomenal rate due to the offshore oil and gas exploration industries. At that time, there were over one hundred (100) babies born per month at Lakewood.
In June of 1981, at a cost of $21 million, the new 168-bed facility was opened to provide healthcare services to the people of Morgan City, Amelia, Berwick, Bayou Vista, and Patterson.
In 1995, the community was asked to vote for a maintenance tax to be used for building and grounds improvements for the hospital. Those funds were later dedicated for the Emergency Department renovation and expansion project that came to fruition in 1999 and was completed in March of 2000. The $1.7 million expansion of the emergency department included adding 4,500 sq. ft. The new 8,500 sq. ft. expansion included a central registration, registration area, a nursing station, positioned to provide visibility to patient rooms, private consultation rooms, 2 trauma rooms, a cardiac room with advanced cardiac monitoring equipment, a decontamination room, and ob/gyn room, 2 observation rooms, and ENT room, an ortho room and 5 exam rooms.
Also, in 1995 Lakewood Hospital celebrated forty (40) years of service to the tri-city area (Morgan City, Berwick, and Patterson). A small facility built in 1955 had expanded into the seven-story complex that exists today.
In 1996, the name was changed from Lakewood Hospital to Lakewood Medical Center. The name change reflected the improvements that had been made in technology, additions to the medical staff, expanded services and in the skills of employees. These services included home health care, behavioral health, cardiac catheterization lab, rehabilitation and occupational health.
The vision they committed to would be to provide a staff of competent caring physicians and employees working together in harmony within a comfortable, convenient facility with modern equipment, providing innovative programs designed to meet the health care needs of the community.
In December of 2001, the name of the hospital was changed to Teche Regional Medical Center. Since that time, over $30 million has been invested in the hospital to improve patient, physician, and employee satisfaction. The “People First” culture was introduced and all employees have committed themselves to live by the Standards of Performance.
Province Healthcare merged with LifePoint Hospitals in March 2005, which raised our hospital affiliations from 20 to 50 hospitals. LifePoint Hospitals is one of the largest healthcare provider networks serving rural areas in the country.
With this merger, the facility adopted LifePoint’s “High Five” principles that all employees are proud to uphold. Our High Five values are:
- Focusing on Patients – Our highest priority is caring for people – the friends, families and neighbors we serve in our communities.
- Supporting Each Other as Professionals – We are committed to providing employees an environment based on respect that encourages personal and professional growth.
- Providing Community Value – We take pride in being a vital resource for each community we serve. Most LifePoint hospitals are the sole health care providers in their area and are actively involved in their communities, supporting local civic and charitable events.
- Supporting Physicians – We support physician practices by striving to provide innovative facilities, advanced technology and a well-trained, organized clinical staff.
- Maintaining Fiscal Responsibility – We strive to be fiscally responsible, ensuring that we meet the capital needs of our hospitals and the expectations of stakeholders.