Healthcare in Central Louisiana


Alexandria and Pineville serve as the medical center for Central Louisiana with several major hospitals to care for area residents and veterans. Located throughout the surrounding parishes are local hospitals with the capabilities to meet almost every medical need.

Rapides Regional Medical Center

Founded in 1903 at the corner of Second and Lee streets in Alexandria, Rapides Regional Medical Center has grown to meet the continually changing needs of our patients and the rapidly advancing technology of modern healthcare. Licensed for 359 beds, Rapides Regional is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.

The hospital offers a wide array of services, including general medicine, general surgery, cardiovascular surgery, bypass surgery, cardiac rehabilitation, neurology, neurosurgery, intensive care and telemetry, oncology services, senior behavioral health services, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic services, physical therapy, skilled nursing services, respiratory therapy, lithotripsy and various outpatient services. The medical staff includes physicians in more than 30 medical specialties.

Specialized clinics include: Rapides Women's and Children's Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Total Cancer Care at Rapides Regional Medical Center, The Oncology Care Center, Rapides Heart Center, an MDA clinic in the Women's and Children's Hospital and its own MRI Center.

Christus St. Frances Cabrini

Opened on March 19, 1950, the $3 million 126-bed hospital offered its patients the most modern treatment with the compassionate care from a dedicated staff. Today, Cabrini is a leader among Central Louisiana healthcare facilities.

Cabrini's specialized clinics include: The Cabrini Center for Cancer Care, The Heart Center at Sisters of Charity-St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, The Family Life Center, CHIRSTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital Hospice Care and The Louisiana Sports Medicine Center at Cabrini.

Huey P. Long Medical Center

Erected in 1939 and first named the Mid-State Charity Hospital, Huey P Long Memorial was renamed in honor of Governor and US Senator, Huey P. Long. It is a licensed 183-bed facility and is currently accredited. Huey P. Long Hospital offers services in Internal medicine, OB-GYN, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Oral Surgery, Urology and Emergency Medicine.

Dubuis Hospital of Alexandria

Founded in 1993 at CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, Dubuis is a hospital within a hospital offering long term acute care. The hospital is fully licensed and accredited.

Their health care offerings generally fall into one of the following five categories: Medically Complex or Cardiac Care, Ventilator Dependent, Respiratory Rehabilitation, Wound Care and Rehabilitation. All patients must be referred by a physician.

Throughout the patient's stay, Dubuis focuses on the whole person, providing holistic care that includes physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Central State Hospital

Located in Pineville, Central Louisiana State Hospital (CLSH) is a free standing, full service psychiatric hospital licensed by the State of Louisiana, fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and certified by the Federal Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).

The medical facility provides acute, intermediate, and long-term mental health care, treatment and rehabilitative services to children, adolescents, and adults. Treatment services provided by the hospital include individual, group, and family therapy, recreational, occupational, art and music therapy, speech and hearing therapy, nutritional counseling, dental services, pastoral care services, limited diagnostic medical services, and general educational services.

Central Louisiana Surgical Hospital

Central Louisiana Surgical Hospital, located on North Bolton Avenue, provides specialized care for patients with specific, non-critical and non-emergent surgical admissions.  The surgical hospital offers procedures for the following specialties:  ENT, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, oral surgery, orthopedics, pain management, plastic surgery, podiatry and urology.

In addition to surgical services, Central Loiusiana Surgical Hospital contains an imaging department comprised of MRI, CT, general radiology and ultrasound, as well as laboratory, pharmacy and dietary services.

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