Beneath the sharp facade of Our Lady of Lourdes’ new hospital on Ambassador Caffery, the two-fold mission of the not-for-profit Catholic health system remains the same: provide a 21st century health care facility for Acadiana residents, and continue the more than 60-year tradition of providing health care outreach services to Lafayette’s poor.
Since its inception in 1949, the Lourdes Foundation, a branch of Our Lady of Lourdes, has dedicated more than 10,000 volunteer hours, secured hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of grants and, among its many other services, assisted in excess of 6,500 parishioners of Catholic churches in the area with medication, diabetes and kidney screenings, vaccines and health education.
Using the biblical passage, “Care for one another as I have cared for you,” as a guideline for its mission, the foundation’s work can also be seen through a number of new health care initiatives in Lafayette Parish, like the health and wellness center for students and staff at Northside High School, the first of its kind in any public school here thanks to a partnership with the school system under Superintendent Pat Cooper.
And when the Stella Maris Hygiene Center opened its doors on St. Joseph Street recently to provide showers, restrooms, laundry and other basic services to Lafayette’s homeless, the Lourdes Foundation was one of several agencies that worked behind the scenes to bring the much-needed center to fruition.
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A constellation of South Louisiana musical stars descends on Parc Sans Souci to honor an ailing David Egan.
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The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra teams up with choreographer Clare Cook for a modern take on a Stravinsky classic.
Local food pantries begin seasonal drives
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The gents venture out
Project Front Yard has been launched to help us change our image and our habits.
Alleged victim is a Navy vet with brain trauma resulting from a car accident three decades ago.
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Richard Buswell was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in prison for his role in an investment scheme that defrauded his clients of more than $6 million.
The Latin Music Festival returns to Parc International this Saturday, Oct. 4, from noon to 10 p.m.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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After being forced out by its former landlords last year, the community garden has a new location and a 10-year lease.
The party says it has hit a milestone, reaching 10,000 registered voters in the state.
Defensive captain Junior Galette is disgusted by the Saints' sluggish start.