New medical center to open next week in north B.R.
Champion Medical Center, a new specialized surgical hospital, is set to open on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7855 Howell Blvd., in the 25,000-square-foot space that formerly housed Greater Baton Rouge Surgical Hospital, which closed a little over a year ago. CEO Robert Cathey says the hospital will "focus on clinical excellence, elevated patient care, individualized nursing care, and custom meals." Partnering with local surgeons and medical staff, Champion will specialize in spine health, orthopedic and sports management, pain management, foot and ankle surgery, gastroenterology, and breast reconstruction. The hospital has about 12 medical staff currently, Cathey says, but the goal is to increase that number to 20 to 30. Overall, Champion expects to bring 50 new jobs to the Baton Rouge community. Champion is leasing the north Baton Rouge hospital space from Dallas-based Cambridge Healthcare Management, Inc. The facility includes 11 patient rooms—five of which are private and three of which are semi-private—four operating rooms, one procedure room, and 15 pre-operating rooms. This is the first startup hospital for Champion, whose parent company is the Dallas-based Forge. Cathey says Champion plans to open four to five more hospitals in Louisiana, Arizona and New Mexico in the next two to three years. The available hospital space made Baton Rouge more attractive than other regions, Cathey says. "It's very uncommon that you find a fully equipped hospital that's move-in ready and basically you have to staff it and prepare for opening," he says. See a rendering of the hospital. —Rachel Alexander
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