Prevost holds ribbon cutting

Staff reports

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Prevost Hospital proudly cut the ribbon to the new $1.5 million, 5, 388 square foot emergency room expansion.

Board members of the Hospital Board were in excitement as it had been a working progress for a number of years.

Dr. Glenn Schexnayder, vice chairman of the board thanked his dad who helped build the original hospital edifice in 1968.

Chairman of the board Dr. Michel Hirsh said, “The hospital is much, much more than an emergency room.”

The $1.5 million expanded Emergency Room opened its doors in November; it includes a triage room, one semi-private and five private rooms, negative pressure room, private patient admissions area, waiting room, double decontamination room negative pressure room and workstations for doctors and nurses.

Parish Officials praised Vince Cataldo and the Hospital Board for having the vision to take on a tremendous project.

“It will truly be an asset to the community, and much needed,” said Parish President Tommny Martinez.

Dr. Hirsh told the crowd that not only are they excited about the expansion but also “We’ll be able to have the scans read 24 hours a day by people from around the world.”

Cataldo, who treats this hospital as his own, said, “Meeting the health needs of the people with compassion, understanding, respect and dignity is what we strive for.”

“Our motto has always been ‘we treat people like family here’ and with new technology among us we just added with a hometown feel we continue to treat you like family,” said Cataldo with a smile.