In celebration of Prevost Memorial Hospital’s 50th anniversary, Parish President Kenny Matassa proclaimed Feb. 18 as Prevost Memorial Hospital Day in Ascension Parish.

The Donaldsonville hospital opened its doors to west Ascension on Feb. 18, 1968, as a service district hospital, a news release said. The hospital has improved its facilities and services for patients in recent years, including the emergency department’s expansion in 2010.

Prevost holds Critical Access Hospital designation, given by the United States government to certain hospitals to help keep rural medical facilities open and improve health care access by keeping essential services in rural communities. Critical Access Hospitals must have 25 or fewer acute care inpatient beds, be rural, serve patients who don’t require long hospital stays and be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for emergency care services.

Health care technology available at Prevost includes 3-D mammography, a Telestroke robot and specialized wound care.

The hospital recently developed preliminary plans to remodel and expand areas of the hospital that have not been significantly renovated since the original construction 50 years ago, the release said, and will be seeking public comments on the plans.