Charity

Lafayette General Foundation

Funds from this year’s Zydeco Marathon will go toward The Lafayette General Healthcare Clinic! When Louisiana expanded Medicaid in 2016, the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic lost its patient population overnight. With more of Louisianans insured, there was no longer a need for a free clinic. It was a good problem to have. In order to qualify for services at LCHCC, one had to be without commercial insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. After 25 years of serving the working uninsured, the clinic shut its doors in September of 2016.

On, November 7, 2016, the LCHCC board of directors donated the real estate and property assets to the Lafayette General Foundation. Since that time, the Foundation, along with the Lafayette General Health system, have been doing due diligence to determine the best use of the asset.

“In the most recent Community Health Needs Assessment, the area where the clinic is located was identified as the area with the greatest need for primary care,” said Nick Gachassin, former president of the LCHCC board of directors. “This clinic will serve the Downtown, Port Rico and Freetown areas of town that have been sorely lacking healthcare resources.”

With the Medicaid expansion came an increased patient population at University Hospital & Clinics (UHC), one of the state’s safety net hospitals. UHC primary care providers (PCP) are at capacity and it can take months for those on the waiting list to get an appointment with a PCP at UHC.

“The Lafayette General Healthcare Clinic will reopen with two to four clinicians, providing access to primary care to an additional 10,000 – 15,000 Acadiana residents,” said University Hospital & Clinics CEO Katie Hebert. “When it opens, the clinic will be well-appointed with the equipment of a modern-day health center.”

The Lafayette General Healthcare Clinic is slated to reopen in the third quarter of 2020, and it will serve both the Medicaid population as well as those with private insurance.

Learn more about the Lafayette General Healthcare Clinic by watching this video.

About Lafayette General Health: Lafayette General Health (LGH) is a non-profit, community-owned health system committed to delivering excellent care to Southwest Louisiana across a 10-parish area known as Acadiana. The system’s flagship hospital is Lafayette General Medical Center, founded in 1911, which serves as the Level II Trauma Center for southwest Louisiana. LGH also owns or manages Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, Lafayette General Orthopaedic Hospital, St. Martin Hospital, University Hospital & Clinics, Acadia General Hospital and Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital. Both Lafayette General Medical Center and University Hospital & Clinics are major teaching hospitals, providing graduate medical education across many disciplines. Lafayette General Health is a founding member of the Ochsner Health Network, a collaboration of leading health systems across the greater Gulf South region. LGMC ranked #17 in Top 100 Consumer Loyalty by NRC Health. Lafayette General Health has been named “Most Wired” by CHIME Healthcare’s Most Wired since 2012. And for the last four years, LGH entities have been named among Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work. For more information about Lafayette General Health and its affiliates, visit LafayetteGeneral.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you for investing in the Foundation!

Become A Fundraiser

(Become a Fundraiser below to benefit the Lafayette General Foundation in it’s quest to Restore, Maintain and Improve Health for all of Acadiana. A custom fundraising page will be generated that can be shared with friends, family members and co-workers who can contribute directly to this incredible organization to help you in your quest.)

Zydeco Marathon has partnered with Lafayette General Foundation. Help us raise funds by becoming a Fundraiser.

If a Marathoner becomes a Fundraiser and raises $250 in donations you will be refunded $90, raise $500 – refunded $90 plus a 1/4 zip jacket and raise $1000 – refunded $90, a 1/4 zip jacket and a free hotel night.

If a Half Marathoner becomes a Fundraiser and raises $250 in donations you will be refunded $70, raise $500 – refunded $70 plus a 1/4 zip jacket and raise $1000 – refunded $70, a 1/4 zip jacket and a free hotel night.

If a 2 Person Relay Team becomes a Fundraiser and raises $250 in donations you will be refunded $90, raise $500 – refunded $90 plus a 1/4 zip jacket and raise $1000 – refunded $90, a 1/4 zip jacket and a free hotel night.

If a 4 Person Relay Team becomes a Fundraiser and raises $250 in donations you will be refunded $180, raise $500 – refunded $180 plus a 1/4 zip jacket and raise $1000 – refunded $180, a 1/4 zip jacket and a free hotel night.

Race Date March 14th, 2021 | Registration Currently Paused