Louisiana is a good state for healthcare, with one hospital ranked nationally and five others meeting high-performance standards for national services. Choosing the right hospital is an important decision and when things go wrong, it can be confusing and difficult. Here is a look at some of the most popular facilities in Northeastern Louisiana, ranked by Healthgrove, and what you can do if you experience troubles.

St. Francis Medical Center – MonroeSt Francis Hospital in Monroe Louisiana

309 Jackson Street
Monroe, LA 71201
(318) 966-4000
One of the largest private hospitals near Monroe, St. Francis Medical Center is member of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.  This regional hospital specializes in neurology, neurosurgery and orthopedics. It was ranked as the fourth best hospital in Louisiana for 2014-2015 by U.S. News Best Hospitals.

The hospital’s main campus is located in the downtown area and houses the acute care and surgical inpatient facility. Services provided by this hospital include:

  • Emergency Services
  • Neuroscience
  • Orthopedics
  • Cardiovascular services
  • Adult/pediatric surgery
  • Maternity and Level III obstetrics
  • Pediatric services including pediatric intensive care
  • Neonatal services including Level III NICU
  • Palliative care
  • Imaging Services
  • Laboratory services
  • Pharmacy services

The midtown facility on Tower Drive serves as a Community Health Center and focuses on outpatient services including:

  • Cardiac services
  • Adult rehabilitation
  • Walk-in clinic services
  • Drive-through pharmacy
  • Laboratory and imaging
  • Occupational medicine
  • Diabetes and nutrition
  • Franciscan Clinic employee medical home

Finally, the North facility provides outpatient facilities which include:

  • 24-hour emergency room
  • Laboratory diagnostics and imaging
  • Sleep disorders
  • Breast health center
  • Mental health services

St. Francis accepts most major medical coverage providers, Medicare and Medicaid and allows for bill payment online. Financial counseling services are available for answers to most questions.

Glenwood Regional Medical Center

503 McMillan Road
West Monroe, LA 71291
(318) 329-4200

Another large, private hospital in the area is Glenwood Regional Medical Center.  GRMC is a 268-bed, state-of-the-art hospital located in West Monroe, Louisiana.  Healthgrove ranks it the 20th best hospital in the state.

Glenwood offers comprehensive healthcare services, including:

  • Heart and Vascular Institute – Including cardiac catheterization, cardiovascular surgery, 64-slice CT imaging, hybrid OR, cardiac rehabilitation, heart disease prevention and diabetes management programs
  • Women’s and Children’s Pavilion – Women and children’s wing with labor and delivery birthing suites, newborn and neonatal intensive care, a pediatric unit and comprehensive women’s surgery department
  • Cancer Center – Offering IMRT/IMRS, a dedicated oncology nursing unit, stereotactic breast biopsy and brachytherapy services
  • Emergency Medicine – Providing comprehensive emergency care, including a chest pain center for fast treatment of heart attacks and a fast-track for minor emergencies
  • Diagnostic Imaging – Advanced diagnostic imaging technology, including 64-slice CT Scanner, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Digital Mammography and Ultrasound
  • Rehabilitation Services – Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services with cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs and physical, occupational and speech therapies
  • Sleep Apnea Center – Sleep medicine program
  • Diabetes Care – Providing medical care for the treatment of diabetes and diabetic foot conditions

Glenwood Regional Medical Center accepts major medical, Medicare and Medicaid.

 

LSU- Conway (University Health Conway)

4864 Jackson St
Monroe, LA 71202
(318) 330-7000

Formerly known as E. A. Conway Medical Center, University Health Conway began operating under private management in 2013. The hospital provides a wealth of clinics and services covering a range of healthcare issues, including:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Opthalmology
  • Pathology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Radiology
  • Urology
  • Cardiology
  • Family Medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatric services
  • Surgery

The hospitals accepts major medical, Medicare and Medicaid.

 

Northern Louisiana Medical Center

401 E. Vaghn Ave.
Ruston, LA 71270
(318) 254-2100

Formerly known as Lincoln General Hospital, Northern Louisiana Medical Center is location in Ruston, LA- about 30 miles from Monroe.  They have 159 licensed beds and 75 active physicians, and are ranked #30 in Louisiana by Healthgrove.  Their services are below:

  • Cardiac (Emergency Angiography)
  • CCU (Telemetry, Cath Lab)
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Cardiopulmonary/Respiratory (EKG, Pulmonary Function Lab, ABGs, Spirograms)
  • Dialysis (Inpatient)
  • Emergency Department
  • Imaging: (Bone Densitometry, Nuclear Medicine, CT Scanner, Mammography, Ultrasound, MRI)
  • Intensive Care Unit • Labor & Delivery (LDRs, Nursery)
  • Laboratory (Chemistry, Hematology, Histology, Microbiology, Transfusion Medicine)
  • Level II NICU
  • Lithotripsy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pediatrics Unit
  • Rehabilitation (PT, OT, Speech, Progressive Care Unit)
  • Sleep Center
  • Special Services (EEG, Stress Testing, Holter Monitoring)
  • Surgery (Inpatient, Outpatient)
  • Women’s Center

Smaller Rural Hospitals

There are many smaller hospitals in the rural areas around Monroe.  We included their location, distance from Monroe, and their Healthgrove ranking:

  • P&S Surgical Center (Monroe, LA)
    • In Monroe
    • Ranked #58
  • Monroe Surgical Hospital (Monroe, LA)
    • In Monroe
    • Ranked #111
  • Richardson Medical Center (Rayville, LA)
    • 20 Miles away
    • Ranked #62
  • Caldwell Memorial (Columbia, LA)
    • 28 Miles away
    • Ranked #74
  • Franklin Medical Center (Winnsboro, LA)
    • 34 Miles Away
    • Ranked #91
  • Morehouse General Hospital (Bastrop, LA)
    • 21 Miles away
    • Ranking not available
  • Union General Hospital (Farmerville, LA)
    • 24 Miles away
    • Ranked #95
  • Richland Parish Hospital (Delhi, LA)
    • 36 Miles away
    • Ranked #77
  • Jackson Parish Hospital (Jonesboro, LA)
    • 39 Miles away
    • Ranked #94
  • West Carroll Memorial Hospital (Oak Grove, LA)
    • 49 Miles Away
    • Ranked #84
  • Bienville Medical Center (Arcadia, LA)
    • 46 Miles away
    • Ranked #78

 

What If I Am Injured?

Even at the best and highly rated hospitals, mistakes happen.  We understand that mistakes happen. All of us — including medical professionals — are human, which is why malpractice insurance exists. It ensures that when those unfortunate mistakes do happen, there is an avenue for injured individuals to pursue. However, insurance agencies and hospitals will naturally put up a fight to avoid negative press and challenges to their abilities, and even ratings. An injury attorney like J. Antonio Tramontana knows how to deal with these issues and can make sure that if you are injured, you get the compensation you deserve.

 

What Damages Can I Seek?

While the damages you can seek vary from case to case and depend on the nature and extent of your injuries, you can be entitled to compensation if those injuries were the fault of another through action, inaction or negligence. These damages can include (but may not be limited to):

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation and recovery costs
  • Loss of wages and opportunity
  • Loss of ability to work and provide for your family
  • Loss of caregiver status
  • Loss of relationship/consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability
  • Punitive damages

 

Online Resources

When you are entering a hospital, or if you have suffered an injury, there are resources and information available. These include:

  • Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners: For information on licensure, investigations, verifications, laws, and more.
  • Certification Matters: Here you can find out if your doctor is board certified and why this is important.
  • Surgeon Scoreboard: This aggregate site collects death and complication rates for Medicare-covered surgeons performing a number of elective procedures. Search by surgeon or by hospital.
  • S. News and World Report Hospital Rankings: This site includes a rating of performance for the specific hospital’s performance in adult specialties, procedures, and conotations such as Cardiology & heart surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI disorders, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology, Urology, COPD, Heart bypass surgery, Heart failure, Hip replacement, and Knee replacement.

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