West Feliciana Parish Hospital meets needs of surrounding communities

The West Feliciana Parish Hospital (WFPH) has been in operation since February 2, 1970. But the vision for a community hospital in West Feliciana Parish actually began in 1948 when doctors Philip and Mary Niebergall came to West Feliciana from New Orleans. Today, it is a full-service, 23-bed acute care medical surgical hospital with plans to expand.

“What a lot of people in the community may not realize is WFPH offers such a wide range of services there is rarely a reason to go to Baton Rouge, or even Zachary,”  said Jennifer Zeringue, marketing representative for the hospital.

hospitalCertainly the emergency services department answers a critical need for the community. WFPH operates two Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances ready to respond to any life-threatening situation twenty-fours a day. The EMS Department offers a variety of programs to the public including: first aid, CPR, first responder, and EMT courses. WFPH EMS also provides medical standby services for special events in the community.

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But, it is not only emergency services that make WFPH a full-service hospital. There is a sleep-study facility, an out-patient lab, and a wound care clinic. WFPH employs a wide-range of technology from diagnostic equipment like a state-of-the-art CT scanner and ultrasound system to rehabilitation tools such as the Hivamat 200 Deep Oscillation Unit and KoreBalance Trainer.

The rehabilitation department is operated by St. Francis Rehabilitation services. It is housed in a recently renovated 5,350 square foot facility located next door to the hospital. The clinic is staffed by a professional team of licensed therapists and offers extended house to better serve the community.hospital2

WFPH is committed to meeting the healthcare needs and providing a safe environment for the community. Part of that commitment includes the annual health fair held on the grounds of the hospital. West Feliciana Parish Hospital has been doing this for twenty years. The first health fair held at WFPH consisted of free screenings on weight, height, blood pressure, blood type, hemocult, diabetes, cholesterol, hearing and vision. A large selection of vendors from different groups were also on hand to give information regarding nutrition, AIDS, self-breast examinations, vascular screenings and fingerprinting.

According to Ann Cavalier, the Health Fair Committee Chairperson, this year’s fair will be bigger and better than ever as the tests, screenings, educational information and vendors have grown. This year, screenings and testing now also include blood glucose screening, colon screenings, lipid panel, carotid artery and aortic aneurysm screening. Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) tests will be available for men at a cost of ten dollars. There will also be a blood drive, fire house safety, healthy eating information and adult flu vaccines for free!”

hospital3A fun health walk will be held in conjunction with the fair, too. Participants will meet at Parker Park at 8 AM and walk to the Hospital for the start of the Health Fair. Donations for the walk are ten dollars for adults, five dollars for children 17 and under. The walkers will receive a t-shirt, walk bag, pedometer, water bottle, and water or sports drinks. All donations collected will benefit the Capital Area United Way for Mental Health agencies.

“Although the fair will certainly be entertaining,” Zeringue said, “the real purpose is to promote wellness in the community.

As part of the hospital’s continuing commitment to the community they are expanding. A new 58,000 square feet building is being planned on the piece of property recently purchased adjacent to the current hospital campus. The project completion date is tentatively set for early 2016. Also in the plans is a that will be constructed next to the new hospital. The options for the medical office building include medical offices, hospital administration and business office functions, an education/conference center, and physician clinics including specialists from Baton Rouge. Other services being considered for this building are behavioral health and a wellness center.

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