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University Medical Center Opens New Ophthalmology Clinic

Lafayette – University Medical Center is holding the ribbon cutting for its new 5,000 square foot Ophthalmology Clinic Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at 10 a.m. The clinic is at 401 St. Julien Street, Lafayette, La.

Clinic staff will make a short presentation about the UMC Ophthalmology Program and give tours of the new facility.

“The expansion of our Ophthalmology Program is part of our ongoing commitment to providing quality healthcare to our community,” said Larry Dorsey, hospital administrator. “Our new outpatient clinic increases access for our patients while it strengthens our ophthalmology residency program.”

An important part of UMC residency training, the clinic will have fellows, residents, nursing staff, and a corneal specialist providing essential medical services to 600 patients a month as well as staff overseeing and training the residents.

This twofold function, patient care and graduate medical education, allows the clinic to offer full eye exams, minor surgical procedures, visual fields, auto refractions and laser procedures.

UMC is the only hospital in Acadiana performing corneal transplants. It also offers medically necessary plastic surgery for patients with lazy eyes, trauma, blind painful eyes, droopy eye lids that affect the line of vision, other medically necessary situations, and surgeries for the pediatric muscle and cataract removal.

Dr. Paul Azar is the Director of the UMC Ophthalmology Residency Program. Sara Ruddock, RN, is the Clinic Head Nurse.

The new clinic space increases the number of exam rooms from four to seven. It has additional patient care areas including a minor surgical procedure room, laser procedure room, and eye-dilation waiting area. The general clinic waiting area and parking area are also larger.

The LSU Health System - Health Care Services Division is one of the largest public health care delivery systems in the country. It has over 35,000 inpatient admissions, nearly 196,000 inpatient days, 515,500 outpatient clinic visits, 894,000 outpatient encounters, and nearly 244,000 emergency department visits. Each year nearly 500 residents and fellows from the LSU and Tulane Schools of Medicine and Ochsner Health System and 2,200 nurses and allied health students from many colleges and universities are trained in LSU facilities.

LSU is the largest single provider of uncompensated inpatient care in Louisiana. LSU HCSD hospitals have an economic impact of over $1.4 billion in asset business activity, $568 million in personal earnings, and generate over 12,000 jobs.