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Dr. W. O. Moss Regional Medical Center Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

WOMRMC was the first hospital in Lake Charles devoted to indigent care. (click photo to enlarge)

Lake Charles -- July marks both the fiftieth anniversary of the Dr. Walter Olin Moss Regional Medical Center and the one-year anniversary of WOMRMC as a tobacco-free facility. Celebrations began July 1 with a tobacco-free anniversary party to encourage patients, staff, and visitors to kick the habit.

Built to serve Southwest Louisiana including Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and other adjacent parishes, the four-story Lake Charles Charity Hospital, the cityís first hospital devoted to indigent care, began accepting patients in July 1960.

After enduring inpatient closure in 1969, the hospital reopened in 1972. In 1978 an act of the Louisiana Legislature renamed the hospital Dr. Walter Olin Moss Regional Medical Center in honor of the pioneering surgeon of the 1920ís.

The Tobacco-Free Anniversary Party featured refreshments and prizes. (click photo to enlarge)

In 1989, WOMRMC absorbed budget cuts and downsized once again to outpatient clinics and fifteen inpatient beds, but in 1993, the Louisiana Health Care Authority returned it to full service. In 1997, LSU Health Care Services Division began overseeing the state hospital system, which includes WOMRMC. Licensed for 74 beds, the hospital employs over 400 employees and provides many outpatient services.

A well-respected component of southwest Louisiana healthcare and healthcare education, WOMRMC participates in physician residency programs, trains nutritionists, nurses and pharmacists, and partners with many other healthcare providers to offer quality healthcare to the community.

For more information on WOMRMC, call 337.475.8100 or see the WOMRMC homepage on this website.