Officials with Lafayette General Health announced Wednesday that it will acquire Regional Medical Center of Acadiana later this year from HCA MidAmerica, a division of the Nashville, Tennessee-based Hospital Corporation of America.

The deal is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2015, and the 128-bed hospital will be renamed Lafayette General Southwest, according to a news release from Lafayette General Health.

HCA MidAmerica will continue to operate Women’s & Children’s Hospital and Lafayette Surgicare, the release stated.

Lafayette General Health President David L. Callecod said the company’s main hospital facility, Lafayette General Medical Center, has reached its capacity for more patients.

“Acquiring RMCA will allow us to quickly increase our capacity to treat more patients in Lafayette, and give us more time to plan for greater tertiary service expansion at our Oil Center location after we become the region’s official emergency trauma center later this year.”

Callecod and members of the Lafayette General Health leadership team met with Regional Medical Center of Acadiana employees Wednesday afternoon and evening, said Daryl Cetnar, Lafayette General’s community relations director.

“We’re conducting employee town hall meetings,” Cetnar said in a phone interview. “In all of our acquisitions, we’ve always put the employees of the facility we’re going to first. It’s their opportunity for them to meet our leadership team, have their questions answered and have details of their employment explained.”

As part of the agreement, Regional Medical Center of Acadiana staff will have the opportunity to apply for positions within the Lafayette General Health system following an application and pre-employment process.

Cetnar said further details about the deal were unavailable Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re starting to go over there today to do our on-site due diligence,” Cetnar said Wednesday. “It will take some time to work through all of the things we need to work through to come up with a good transition plan.”

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