WCCH moves departments to new building

The following is a news release from West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital:

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Announces the Relocation of Several Departments to New Wing

Several departments at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital have begun operating in the hospital's new wing, located at the rear of the hospital, on Stelly Lane.  According to Bill Hankins, CEO of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH), while several departments are scheduled to move to the new facility, the transition will take place over the next month.  "Given the nature of the departments involved in the move, each department will need to be moved one at a time.  We will begin with outpatient services and slowly transition the move to larger departments."

According to Hankins, the departments that are moving first are Admitting, Radiology and the Ambulatory Preadmissions Treatment Center (APTC).  Those departments that will be moved at a later date include the Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and the Respiratory Department.  With the Admissions Department now located at the rear of the hospital, this area will become the hospital's new main entrance.  The completion of this wing marks the completion of the first phase of the hospital's three phase master facility plan.

Construction for the $19 million expansion project began in early 2008 and was funded by the taxpayer approved $25 million capital bond issue of 2006. Such an addition increases the square footage of the Radiology Department from its prior 5,500 square feet to 12,000 square feet; as well as increases the number of Intensive Care patient rooms from 7 to 12 beds with patient rooms from 140 square feet to 266 square feet each, providing more room for patient care and advanced technology.  Although no specific timetable has been set for the construction of the remaining two phases in the plan, phase two will feature a new patient tower and phase three will expand the laboratory, dietary and materials management departments.