Lafayette General Health announced today that it will expand its healthcare services in the Hub City by acquiring the Regional Medical Center of Acadiana.

Details have not yet been released on the deal between Lafayette General Health (LGH) and HCA MidAmerica that is expected to be complete sometime in the fourth quarter of this year. With this acquisition, LGH will operate and manage Regional Medical as "Lafayette General Southwest." HCA MidAmerica will continue to operate Women's & Children's Hospital and Lafayette Surgicare.

LGH President David Callecod said LGMC has reached its patient capacity. By adding the Regional Medical Center to its list of facilities, LGH will add 128 beds to provide medical service to Acadiana.

“Acquiring RMCA will allow us to quickly increase our capacity to treat more patients in Lafayette, and give us more time to plan for greater tertiary service expansion at our Oil Center location after we become the region’s official emergency trauma center later this year,” Callecod noted in a press release announcing the acquisition.

Current staff of Regional Medical Center will be offered employment opportunities within the LGH system, but will be subject to an application and pre-employment process.

Not including Regional Medical Center, the LGH system, which currently consists of and its main campus near Lafayette's Oil Center, University Hospital and Clinics, Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, St. Martin Hospital and Acadia General Hospital, employs approximately 3,500 staff and is valued at nearly $450 million.