The end of the HCA-owned Regional Medical Center of Acadiana happened quietly early Friday morning as the south Lafayette hospital officially came under new management and began operations as Lafayette General Southwest.

Patients shouldn’t have noticed a difference — except possibly employee badges and the signs out front draped with temporary Lafayette General Southwest banners to hide the former moniker.

“The name badges are different, but great care remains. The hospital operations have not been disrupted, to allow the focus to be entirely about the patients,” said Daryl Cetnar, Lafayette General Health community relations director.

No fanfare or news conferences were planned Friday, to allow for a smooth transition in operations and to not distract from patient care during the initial transition, Cetnar added.

Lafayette General Health announced its acquisition of the hospital in August from HCA MidAmerica, a division of the Nashville, Tennessee-based Hospital Corporation of America. The official turnover happened at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Cetnar said eligible employees were offered jobs, though an official count of how many employees were retained at the hospital wasn’t available Friday.

More than 500 employees are now with the system as part of the acquisition, according to a statement from David Callecod, Lafayette General Health president.

“We are honored to welcome a second campus of Lafayette General Medical Center, and over 500 new employees, to our family of health care professionals,” Callecod said in a news release. “This extension of LGMC furthers our commitment to deliver health care excellence throughout our entire community.”

An official ribbon-cutting to celebrate the acquisition is planned in the coming weeks.

The hospital, 2810 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, is licensed for 128 beds.

The acquisition was more financially feasible than building a new 100- to 150-bed tower on Lafayette General Medical Center’s campus in the Oil Center, Callecod said in an interview in August after the initial acquisition announcement.

At the time, Callecod estimated the cost for a new tower on the campus at $60 million to $150 million but would not disclose the cost of the HCA deal.

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