Acadia General Hospital has launched a campaign dubbed “The Wait is Over” to raise money to nearly triple the size of its existing emergency room.

So far, the hospital has received $350,000 from the American Legion Acadia Post 15, which established the hospital in 1929 as Legion Memorial. At least $1 million is needed before the hospital can break ground on the project.

Lafayette General Health took over management of the Crowley hospital in June 2014 and American Legion Corp. maintains ownership of the facility.

The hospital held a gala earlier this month to launch the fundraising effort as a way to engage the community in the cause.

The expansion project is estimated at $2.8 million and Lafayette General Health plans to spend an estimated $1 million to purchase new equipment.

The current emergency room is 3,358 square feet and includes six exam rooms with four of those divided by curtains.

The proposed expansion would include a 9,768-square-foot addition to the hospital with 16 exam rooms, expanded nurse stations, a fast track area for less critical patients and two psychiatric holding rooms.

The addition creates space for an expanded surgery area, a new waiting and consulting area for the surgery department, a new breast care center, a new registration area and new outpatient diagnostic entrance. Potential growth at the hospital also includes the addition of two floors.

For information about the fundraising campaign, contact Zack Landry, associate administrator at Acadia General Hospital at (337) 523-0751.