Prevost Memorial Hospital as a health care facility is committed to meeting the health needs of the people with compassion, understanding, respect, and dignity.

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa proclaimed February 18, 2018, the Fiftieth Anniversary of its opening, as Prevost Memorial Hospital Day in Ascension Parish.

Prevost Memorial Hospital opened its doors to serve the West Ascension community on February 18, 1968 as a Service District Hospital, providing lifesaving services for patients with critical needs. In recent years, the hospital has made strides in improving the facilities and services available to patients, including the expansion of the Emergency Department in 2010.

Prevost Memorial Hospital as a health care facility is committed to meeting the health needs of the people with compassion, understanding, respect, and dignity. It is further dedicated to providing the highest quality care in a prudent and efficient manner, according to their philosophy. They strive to be recognized as an asset to the health care of the community and Ascension Parish.

Prevost Memorial Hospital is a Critical Access Hospital – a designation given to certain hospitals by the U.S. Government that is designed to help keep rural medical facilities open and improve access to healthcare by keeping essential services in rural communities; to qualify, hospitals must be: small (25 or fewer acute care inpatient beds), rural (located a significant distance from another hospital), serve patients that do not require long stays in the hospital, and open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to provide emergency care services; and Prevost Memorial Hospital offers state-of-the-art health care technology, such as 3-D mammography, a tell-stroke robot, and specialized wound care.

The hospital recently developed preliminary plans to remodel and expand areas of the hospital that have not been significantly renovated since the original construction 50 years ago. With this progress in mind, Prevost is going out into the community to share this plan and gather input on the needs and impressions of the citizens whom it serves.

Contributed by Ascension Parish