If we’ve done our job right (and I believe we have) then you all are aware that Our Lady of Lourdes moved from its St. Landry location to their new state-of-the-art hospital on Ambassador Caffery on June 25, 2011.
Lourdes is one of my larger accounts at BBR, and being a part of their moving day was nothing short of moving. I worked as an extension of Lourdes’ marketing department and was involved in a lot of the behind-the-scenes activity during the months leading up to the move. From hard-hat tours of the hospital to weekly meetings and daily activity reports, I felt like I really saw the hospital come to life.
I arrived at the St. Landry campus at 6 a.m. on moving day, just minutes before the first patient was loaded into his ambulance for transport to the new hospital. It was so exciting and surreal that this day had finally come.
Around 8 a.m., I made my way over to the new campus to get footage of the patients arriving. The hospital definitely felt alive as I walked through the doors. Acadian Ambulance was bringing patients in ahead of schedule, while nurses were assisting families with their loved ones. As Sister Betty so proudly said to me, “This is an awesome accomplishment…We’re open!”
I was able to speak with a few families of patients who had been transported and they were duly impressed with the new hospital. But it wasn’t just the excellent patient care and larger patient rooms with big windows that won them over, it was the smooth transition into the new hospital and what this incredible facility means to the future of healthcare in Acadiana.
It’s safe to say that it was a truly moving day for everyone involved!