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Lane Announces Hospital Expansion Project

Lane Announces Hospital Expansion Project

In February 2019, Lane Regional Medical Center’s Board of Commissioners held a strategic planning meeting to approve a $50M expansion project in support of Lane’s vision to become the best community healthcare system in the nation.

Today, with financial support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), this four-year hospital expansion project is underway and will give Lane an updated facility focused entirely on patient-centered care.

Major changes to the hospital include:

  • 0003-2New four-story tower to house state of the art Surgery Department double its current size, featuring larger surgery suites and outpatient surgery areas
  • 48 expansive new patient rooms
  • Relocation of patient Registration and Pre-Admission to the front entrance to streamline patient flow
  • Expanded Lab and Imaging areas
  • Modernized front entrance

The firm of Johnson Johnson Crabtree Architects was hired to oversee the project which is currently in Phase 1 - a 12-month design process with input from department leaders, team members, and physicians.

Ground breaking for the first four-story building in Zachary is slated for the spring of 2022.

“We are excited about the project because it expands Lane’s ability to provide exceptional healthcare service to every patient, every time,” said board chair Gaynell Young. “The USDA is investing more than $66 million to assist Lane in expanding access to quality healthcare.”

Through the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program, Lane received a $61.3 million direct loan and a $4,950,000 guarantee loan for renovations and construction of a four-story tower. A portion of the funds will be used to consolidate existing debt.

 “We are pleased to report that USDA funding is truly making a difference modernizing our rural hospitals throughout the state,” USDA Louisiana State Director for Rural Development Roy Holleman said.  “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in deploying this critical infrastructure in Louisiana and across all of America’s rural communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

The project is expected to benefit more than 200,000 people in Zachary and the surrounding regions of Baker, Central, Slaughter, Jackson, Clinton, St. Francisville, New Roads, North Baton Rouge and Southern Mississippi.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.



Staci Sullivan, Gaynell Young, Michael Duvall, Larry Meese, Roy Holleman, Tony Matlock, Morgan Washington, David Beck.

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Lane Regional Medical Center is soliciting responses to a request for proposal for CMAR services for the project referenced above.

Responses to the request for proposals will be received by Lane Regional Medical Center on March 15, 2021. Responses will be due no later than 12:00 pm and will subsequently be reviewed by a designated selection committee.

Instructions regarding the RFP response format and logistics of the submission are contained within the RFP

  • Upon Establishment of an agreeable GMP, Performance and Payment Bonds in the amount of 100% of the contract amount will be required.
  • Lane Regional Medical Center reserves the right to reject any and all responses and to waive informalities or irregularities.

Project requirements will be governed by USDA's RD Instruction 1942A. For additional information, the complete guide can be found at the following link: https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/1942a.pdf

The proposed project includes demolition of existing buildings to allow construction of a new four-story patient tower to include public spaces, administrative spaces, a new surgery department, and inpatient rooms. The Project also includes renovations of the existing surgery department and renovations of the first floor to provide new space for admissions, public lobby, pre-admission testing, radiology expansion, and public circulation. 

You may obtain a copy of the Request for Proposal by contacting drew.white@nwgpm.com

A mandatory pre-proposal meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. at the project site, 6300 Main Street, Zachary, LA 70791.