AMG Specialty Hospital in Zachary opens to patients _lowres

Photo provided by Delores Sutton -- AMG Zachary, a new long-term acute care hospital that was previously AMG Feliciana in Clinton, held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house celebrating a new facility on the Lane Regional Medical Center campus, March 22. Community leaders, officials from both AMG and Lane and employees of the new healthcare facility attended the event.

An open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for AMG Specialty Hospital in Zachary was held March 22.

The new 16-bed, long-term, acute-care hospital broke ground in June on Carpenter Road near McHugh Road on the Lane Regional Medical Center campus and was built to treat patients with multisystem complications or failures, including ventilator weaning, respiratory failure, complicated infections, surgical and cardiac-related complications, infectious diseases, nutritional management, closed-head injuries and rehabilitation with complications, a news release said.

“We provide critical care for the critically ill who require stays 25 days or longer,” Jared Seré, AMG’s vice president of corporate operations, has said.

The new AMG Zachary location will replace AMG Feliciana in Clinton that opened May 2009.

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

The partnership between the two health care facilities means Lane will provide ancillary services to AMG, such as imaging and lab services, and have the ability to attract more speciality doctors, Lane CEO Randy Olson said previously.

“We are incredibly excited to bring our state-of-the-art hospital to Zachary. Because of the cooperation and support between Lane Regional Medical Center, AMG and the wealth of local clinical professionals and physicians, Zachary will have one of the best health care delivery teams in the country,” AMG President Gus Rantz IV said.

AMG owns two physical rehabilitation hospitals along with seven LTACHs in Louisiana and 16 others in eight states across the country.