West Feliciana breaks ground on $27.7 million hospital

Taking part in the groundbreaking ceremony were (left to right):  West Feliciana Parish sheriff Austin Daniel, St. Francisville Mayor Billy D’Aquilla, board member Mitch Brashier, board member Melvin Harvey, board member Kevin Bearden, State Rep. Kenny Havard, State Sen. Rick Ward, board vice-chairperson Cheryl Franklin, board chairman Leonard Sullivan, West Feliciana Parish President Kevin Couhig, Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Nnamdi Mwabueze, board member Dr. Adam Whatley and hospital CEO Lee Chastant.

Taking part in the groundbreaking ceremony were (left to right): West Feliciana Parish sheriff Austin Daniel, St. Francisville Mayor Billy D’Aquilla, board member Mitch Brashier, board member Melvin Harvey, board member Kevin Bearden, State Rep. Kenny Havard, State Sen. Rick Ward, board vice-chairperson Cheryl Franklin, board chairman Leonard Sullivan, West Feliciana Parish President Kevin Couhig, Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Nnamdi Mwabueze, board member Dr. Adam Whatley and hospital CEO Lee Chastant.

The West Feliciana Parish Hospital broke ground Jan. 27 on a new $27.7 million hospital that will utilize state-of-the-art technology. The 53,000-square-foot facility is scheduled for completion in spring of 2017.

The new hospital will feature in-patient rooms, an emergency room, imaging department, expanded laboratory, conference room and classrooms, private family consulting areas, a non-denominational chapel and an upgraded cafeteria.

The contractor is Stuart and Company with the Curtis Group Architects and Grace and Hebert Architects. The project is funded with a $17.75 million U.S. Department of Agriculture loan, $8 million in bridge funding from Investar Bank and $2 million in hospital reserves.

Work is well under way on a road project that connects the entire medical campus. This project is financed separately with operational funds and allows the existing hospital to function normally during construction on the new facility.

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