LAFAYETTE — Signs mark its closure on St. Landry Street and its new address at 4801 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, but Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center’s former hospital site doesn’t sit completely empty.
At least $28 million in new technology and equipment is at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center’s Ambassador Caffery hospital. What was left behind, including extra hospital beds, televisions, lounge refrigerators and operating room lights is now being inventoried and tagged for possible sale or donation.
“We’re seeing what we have to repurpose from furniture to medical equipment,” said Joe Cassidy, a strategic sourcing manager hired by the hospital last year to help make decisions about equipment needs at the new hospital.
What can’t be used by Lourdes will be offered to the hospital’s sister facilities that are also part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Cassidy said.
The equipment tagged for sale will be available on an online auction site that specializes in medical equipment sales — http://www.DOTmed.com.
At least one item on the site, a 25-year-old surgical table, yielded about $6,000 — more than a locally solicited offer, Cassidy said.
Some of the medical equipment was traded in for the new purchases, but items such as old anesthesia machines, surgical navigational systems and outdated computer equipment await the auction block.
Last week, Lourdes moved patients from its St. Landry site to its $211 million replacement facility that sits on 45 acres near the intersection of Ambassador Caffery and Verot School Road.
A few days after the move, employees continued to work at the St. Landry site moving leftover furniture and equipment to a central location within the hospital.
“Four days ago, this was a bustling floor of patients,” Cassidy said as he entered empty patient rooms.
On the third floor of the hospital, a row of patient beds topped by bags stuffed with pillows and linens lined a hallway awaiting an elevator trip downstairs.
Items such as office furniture and older exercise equipment will be part of a private garage sale for hospital employees. Cassidy stressed that no items will be available for sale to the general public and any garage sale would be privately held and open only to Lourdes employees.