About Lady of the Sea
Lady of the Sea General Hospital is a 25 bed critical access hospital serving the health care needs of the South Lafourche community. The organization is committed to providing high quality healthcare with compassion and to provide services locally for the community. Healthcare services offered include inpatient hospital care, Emergency services, diagnostic services (including Radiology, Laboratory, and Cardiopulmonary), Rehabilitation services (including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy), Dialysis, two community pharmacies and two Rural Health Clinics providing family medicine and behavioral health services.
Our tagline “Compassionate Care, Close to Home” is not just a tagline to our staff – it is the directive of their daily work – to provide the care and compassion they would want provided to their own family.
Community Health Needs Assessment
Click here to view the 2020 Community Health Needs Assessment and Strategies & Action Plan conducted on behalf of Lady of the Sea General Hospital. This is a follow-up study to studies done in 2007, 2011, 2014, and 2017.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Karen Collins, BSN, MHA
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Lloyd Guidry, Jr., Pharm.D.
CHIEF NURSING OFFICER
Holly Griffin, RN
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Bennie Smith, MBA
CHIEF CLINIC OFFICER
Tad Lafont, RN
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Jackie Richoux, CPA
Lady of the Sea History
Lady of the Sea Hospital became a reality following the organization of the Lafourche Parish Hospital Service District No. 1 on February 3, 1953. The next three years were spent raising money and building our original facility, which was located directly in front of our current hospital off of Highway 1 in Galliano. Our hospital was dedicated on May 6, 1956 and began receiving patients the very next day.
Mrs. Ena Leonard, a Golden Meadow Town Council member, Representative Richard “Dick” Guidry and Mayor Alex Plaisance took on the formidable task of organizing the large amounts of paperwork required to gain the designation of Hospital District No. 1. In those days, funding had to be requested by a municipality. Since Golden Meadow was the only incorporated municipality in the South Lafourche area, the first address of record was the Golden Meadow Town Hall.
Throughout the years, 9 different administrators and over 40 different members of our Board of Commissioners have provided leadership to Lady of the Sea Hospital. These people all played an important role in continuing to provide the best medical care to the residents of South Lafourche. From recruiting physicians and acquiring state of the art equipment to more complex issues such as continually evolving medical standards and expansion through our off-site medical clinics and pharmacies, the leaders of Lady of the Sea General Hospital have kept our original mission in site – to provide expert medical care to the residents of South Lafourche in a local facility.
At the end of August 2021, our hospital main building sustained significant damage for Hurricane Ida, a category 4 hurricane that impacted the South Lafourche community. On Monday, August 30th, our main hospital was forced to close temporarily, while we reestablished our presence in another building on our main campus. On Thursday, September 2, 2021, Lady of the Sea reopened our rural health clinic and community pharmacies to be able to provide healthcare and prescription medication to the South Lafourche community. Electricity was provided by a generator, and water was brought in on a portable unit. On September 11, 2021, Lady of the Sea reopened as a hospital providing ER, Radiology, Lab and Cardiopulmonary services directly across the street from our hospital building.
Join the staff of Lady of the Sea as we proudly look to the future with anticipation of continuing to rebuild our facilities and provide the type of care you have come to expect from us – Compassionate care, close to home.