Osborne speaks of American Legion to Rotary
CROWLEY – The history of American Legion Hospital dates back roughly 85 years, but really its roots are over 100 years old.
It was May 4, 1912, when Crowley’s first hospital, Crowley Sanitarium Hospital opened its doors.
But the history of American Legion Hospital began in 1928. In that year, the founder and president of Crowley Sanitarium Hospital, Dr. E.M. Ellis died and the hospital closed its doors.
The following year, members of American Legion Post 15 purchased the controlling interest of stock in the hospital from the Ellis estate as part of the post’s mission of community service. The hospital reopened its doors on June 9, 1929, as “Legion Memorial Hospital”.
The hospital was owned and managed by Post 15 from 1929 through 1950, when the decision was made by the post that a nonprofit organization should be formed to continue hospital operations. As a result, on Dec. 26, 1950, a corporate charter was filed creating the new American Legion Hospital as a nonprofit Louisiana corporation.
And in 1987, American Legion Hospital moved from its original masonry buildings on Avenue K and Eighth Street to its current location on East Highway 90/Crowley Rayne Highway where it continues to serve all residents of Acadia Parish.
It was after the brief history lesson that American Legion Hospital CEO Terry Osborne began discussing the hospital’s operations with a bit more depth to the Rotary Club of Crowley Tuesday.
“We have very good physicians and a great facility,” he said.
As part of that, Osborne explained that the hospital currently has 30 physicians on its active staff that fit into many different sectors (general physicians, OBGYN, general surgeons, etc.) and that the hospital is always looking for new services. He touted the hospital’s two most recent additions – it’s cardiac outpatient facility and the Cancer Center of Acadiana at American Legion Hospital (a partnership with Lafayette General).
American Legion also continues to try to stay on pace with health care, which as Osborne points out is “changing so fast” these days.
One of these changes is a recent change to the hospital – electronic medical records, meaning any doctor with an internet connection can access a person’s medical records from here at the Crowley location.
According to the hospital’s CEO, the statistics for American Legion’s main campus may be a bit shocking to some as he pointed out that the Crowley location sees about 16,000 emergency room visits each year and delivers 400 babies annually.
But, one of the hospital’s biggest focuses moving forward is its plan for a Communities Advisory Committee. This committee will be comprised of representatives from the hospital’s service area, community leaders and persons committed to the hospital.
This committee will meet on a quarterly basis with the hospital’s board of directors.
Osborne also discussed with the Rotarians, some of which are on the hospital’s board of directors, the challenges the hospital continues to face, including an increase in outpatient surgery admissions and decrease in inpatient surgeries, facility utilizations and more.