State-of-the-art facility is first of its kind in Louisiana with aquatics, cardiac rehab, sports medicine, women’s center
Louisiana ranks high on too many worst health lists in the U.S., but the $73 million Wellness Center of Thibodaux Regional represents a strong move toward much needed preventive care, Gov. John Bel Edwards told an estimated 3,000 people at the facility’s dedication ceremony.
Describing the people who made the Wellness Center possible as “visionary leadership,” Edwards also said helping keep people from unnecessary sickness “is cutting edge in our country and certainly in our state.”
Louisiana ranks 50th in overall health and wellness in the nation.
Edwards, along with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, Congressman Garret Graves and numerous local officials, praised the 242,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Wellness Center as an important new addition to Lafourche Parish, as well as to the state with its one-stop-fitness design.
The dedication ceremony was held last Thursday at the center, which is at 726 North Acadia Road in Thibodaux.
“The new Wellness Center is the result of a powerful vision to change the health and wellness status of the people in this region,” said Greg Stock, CEO of Thibodaux Regional Medical Center. “The center brings much needed services and can lead to a better quality of life for people now and for generations to come.”
Stock said, when he initially envisioned the center, he decided prevention would its focus and it would be available to everyone.
The Wellness Center encompasses specialty care including orthopedic and sports medicine, rehabilitation, neurosciences, spinal care and weight management. The Diagnostic Imaging Center houses cutting-edge mammography, CT, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging.
The center also includes medical specialties such as endocrinology, pulmonology, rheumatology, neurology, neurosurgery and pain management.
An aquatics center features three indoor, heated pools for water therapy.
One of the facility’s largest areas is the Wellness and Education Center, which includes an auditorium and conference center with integrated computer screens for multi-image presentations.
The facility construction’s economic impact is estimated at $290 million. With the center’s 100 employees, yearly economic impact is estimated at $5.2 million a year.