Ground broke June 23 on a new AMG Specialty Hospital that will provide long-term, acute care to critically ill and wounded patients.

The 16-bed facility will be located on Carpenter Road in Zachary near McHugh Road on the Lane Regional Medical Center campus.

“We’ll be providing care to some of the sickest people. Critical care for the critically ill requiring stays 25 days or longer,” Jared Seré, AMG vice president of corporate operations, said at the groundbreaking.

The facility will replace AMG Feliciana in Clinton, which has been open since May 2009.

Since the majority of patients at AMG Feliciana come from Lane RMC already, moving the specialty hospital to Zachary was a logical step, hospital officials said.

“It’s difficult to transfer patients up there (AMG Feliciana), so it made perfect sense to have AMG come to our campus, nearer the hospital,” Lane CEO Randy Olson said.

AMG Feliciana will remain open for business until the new Zachary location is built, then patients as well as staff will transfer to AMG Specialty Hospital on Lane’s campus.

The facility will provide treatment for patients with medically complex needs requiring hospitalization for an extended period of time and for those patients having or requiring ventilator weaning, chronic non-healing wounds, complicated infections, complex wounds, surgical complications, cardiac-related complications, nutritional management, closed-head injuries, infectious diseases, renal disease, respiratory failure, multi-system failure, and rehabilitation with complications.

“Our mission is to return patients to an optimal level of well-being in the least restrictive medical environment possible, which we accomplish through a multi-disciplined approach that includes aggressive clinical and therapeutic interventions, as well as family involvement,” said Seré.

“We’re excited to partner with Lane in an effort to get this facility built most expeditiously,” AMG President Russ Gantz IV said.

The new long-term hospital is a partnership between AMG and Lane, in that AMG will lease the land from Lane but own the building.

Under the partnership, Lane will provide ancillary services to AMG, such as imaging and lab services, and have the ability to attract more speciality doctors, Olson said.

A prefabricated section of the facility is being built off-site with construction of the hospital pad to begin right away. Both are expected to be completed by November, with licensing to be obtained shortly after that.

Officials from both AMG and Lane said the goal is to have the new acute-care facility open by Jan. 1.

AMG Specialty Hospitals are owned and operated by AMG Integrated Healthcare Management, a privately owned provider of post-acute health care services.