Services A to Z
Acute Care Services
Pointe Coupee General Hospital's highly qualified nursing staff delivers care to patients across the lifespan with various illnesses. Highly innovative with the use of computerized documentation, accountability, and knowledge, the staff is dedicated to providing optimal nursing care.
Case Management, Social Services, and Discharge Planning
Pointe Coupee General Hospital believes that the patient should be treated in a holistic manner. The provision of social services and proactive case management assists the patient and family in addressing issues pertaining to the treatment plan and insures the psychological and social needs are met as well as the physical needs of the patient. Contact Case Management for any questions or to learn more.
The Emergency Department at Pointe Coupee General Hospital provides 24 hour, 7 day a week emergency physician services to meet the medical needs of the community. The experienced caring staff is devoted to delivering the highest level of care and service.
It’s the Law
If you have a medical emergency or are in labor, you have the right to receive, within the capabilities of this hospital’s staff and facilities:
An appropriate medical screening examination
Necessary stabilizing treatment (including treatment for an unborn child)
An appropriate transfer to another facility, if necessary
You have the right to receive these services even if you cannot pay or do not have medical insurance or you are not entitled to medicare or medicaid. This hospital does participate in the Medicaid program.
Pointe Coupee General Hospital has a hospice bed available for Pointe Coupee Hospice patients. This bed is available under special circumstances when the hospice patient’s symptoms cannot be managed in the home setting. Pointe Coupee Hospice patients can be admitted to Pointe Coupee General Hospital when it is determined by the physician and the hospice team that in-patient hospice care would be most beneficial for the patient.
For more information contact Pointe Coupee Hospice at (225) 638-5717.
The Laboratory Department provides accurate, quality controlled testing for physicians to utilize in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. The laboratory is Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) certified ensuring the highest reliability, accuracy, and timeliness of clinical laboratory data. The PCGH Laboratory is JCAHO Accredited.
Medsafe Medication Disposal
Open 7 days a week, from 6:00 AM until 8:00 PM, the Medsafe Medication Disposal is for discarding unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medication. The disposal is free, safe, and confidential. It is located on the first floor near the Laboratory Department’s entrance. Medications should be in their original prescription containers, loose pills should be placed inside sealed plastic bags, and liquids should be wrapped in a paper towel and sealed in a plastic bag.
Responsibly disposing of these medications is the best way to fight the opioid epidemic.
Tablets, Capsules, Liquids
Ointments, Creams, Lotions
Illegal Schedule I Drugs
Aerosol Spray Cans
Alcohol or Peroxide
PREVENT ACCIDENTAL POISONING
MedSafe facilitates collection of unused and unwanted consumer medications including legally held controlled substances, providing a convenient method of disposal and ridding homes and medicine cabinets of potentially harmful drugs.
MedSafe allows the collection of legally held patient-prescribed and OTC pharmaceutical controlled substances (schedule II-V) from ultimate users for disposal in a safe and effective manner consistent with effective controls against diversion.
PREVENT WATER CONTAMINATION
MedSafe inner liners are treated per preferred method of disposal, incineration, which renders the pharmaceuticals non-retrievable and prevents unused medications from cycling back into our water.
The Occupational Therapy Department at Pointe Coupee General Hospital provides quality rehabilitative therapy for continued or improved mobility and functionality.
Outpatient IV Infusion Therapy
Pointe Coupee General Hospital offers easy access for outpatient infusion therapy. A knowledgeable nursing staff can provide IV central line and peripheral line infusion therapy in a timely and precise manner. Injection therapies are also readily available.
Outpatient Physical Therapy
Pointe Coupee Physical Therapy is dedicated to providing excellent outpatient rehabilitation services offering physical and occupational therapy. We manage and operate the outpatient department of Pointe Coupee General Hospital. Our staff includes licensed physical and occupational therapists, certified in ASTYM treatment with over forty years of combined experience.
Pointe Coupee Physical Therapy’s goal is to help individuals maintain, restore, and improve movement, activity and functioning resulting in reduced pain management, enhanced health, well-being and quality of life. Our clinic strives to meet each patient’s personal needs in a friendly, courteous and professional environment.
Outpatient Wound Care Clinic
Pointe Coupee General Hospital Wound Care Clinic treats patients with non-healing wounds that require an advanced level of care. Wounds typically treated at the center include those that are especially difficult to heal, such as diabetic, venous, and pressure ulcers. Internal injuries will also be treated here, including the late effects of radiation, osteomyelitis, and crush injuries.
Dr. Michelle Carley is the physician collaborator of the program. There is a multidisciplinary staff of clinicians and advanced-trained wound care specialists who will work to heal your wounds and assure the best opportunity to heal.
The Pointe Coupee General Hospital Wound Care Clinic is conveniently located on the second floor of the hospital. For further information or to schedule an appointment, please call (877) 295-2273. The clinic is open every Wednesday.
Patient and Family Education
The Pointe Coupee General Hospital staff believes that empowering the patient and promoting self care can be achieved through an active patient education program. The staff has available a wide range of educational materials and resources for the patient and family.
The Pharmacy Department at Pointe Coupee General Hospital offers an array of pharmaceuticals available to treat each patient's health concerns. The hospital's Doctor of Pharmacy is readily available for emergency necessities and supplies medications according to the requirements and recommendations of the physician.
The Physical Therapy Department at Pointe Coupee General Hospital offers the latest updated therapy techniques combined with highly trained therapists and technicians to meet the therapy needs of each patient.
Pointe Coupee Nutrition Program
The Pointe Coupee Nutrition Program provides a complete education and training experience based on the needs of the patient and the recommendations of the physician. The Pointe Coupee Nutrition Program has a Registered and Licensed Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator available by appointment. This program is a free service.
Medical Nutrition Therapy Services Provided
Weight management for adults and pediatrics
Poor eating habits
Pregnancy nutrition counseling
Disease specific nutrition counseling
A doctor’s order is not necessary
Call the Pointe Coupee Nutrition Program at (225) 638-5717
Melissa Guillory, RDN, LDN
Jeanene Thibaut, RN, CDE
Certified Diabetes Educator
The Radiology Department provides 24 hour patient coverage for emergency situations. The Department also provides inpatient and outpatient services including CT Scan, mobile MRI, and Digital Mammography. As an extension of the Radiology Department, the Ultrasound Department offers extensive diagnostic testing. In keeping with ever-changing radiologic technology, the Radiology Department is pleased to have the film-less digital Picture Archival Communication System, a dedicated network to the storage, retrieval, distribution, and presentation of radiological images.
The Respiratory Department at Pointe Coupee General Hospital offers a complete program designed to meet the cardiopulmonary needs of the patient. The department also provides electrocardiogram testing, stress testing, holter/heart monitoring, and pulmonary function testing. A certified asthma educator is available to meet the specific educational needs of the patient dealing with chronic respiratory disorders.
Pointe Coupee General Hospital offers comprehensive skilled nursing services to individuals in need of functional restoration for various diagnoses. With the availability of this service provided close to home, coupled with a compassionate and experienced staff, the patient is able to work positively through the healing process.
Skilled Rehabilitation Program
What is Skilled Rehabilitation?
Pointe Coupee General Hospital offers a special program designed to provide skilled nursing and therapy care for patients who need continued care beyond an acute hospital stay. This program, called the Skilled Rehabilitation Program, allows a patient extra time in the hospital to recover from illness, injury, or surgery before returning home. Skilled Rehabilitation includes nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy. Skilled Rehabilitation is also referred to as "Swing Bed” or "SNF”.
Examples of why a patient may need skilled are include
Recovery from a stroke or accident
Extended therapy after joint replacement surgery
Wounds requiring special care
Criteria for admission to skilled rehabilitation include
The patient must have a hospital stay of at least three consecutive days within the past thirty days.
Skilled care services must be related to the same condition for which the patient was treated in the acute care hospital.
The patient has Medicare Part A and has days left in the benefit period available for use.
The physician has determined the need for skilled care.
The patient requires daily skilled services on an inpatient basis.
Once the patient meets skilled care criteria, Medicare will pay 100% for the first 20 days of service. In some instances, private insurance companies will negotiate for their patients to be cared for in a skilled rehabilitation program.
Patients can be transferred to the Pointe Coupee General Skilled Rehabilitation Program from other acute care hospitals or facilities.
What would be the benefits of receiving skilled rehabilitation at Pointe Coupee General Hospital?
The nurse/therapist to patient ratio is low which insures individualized comprehensive care for the patient. The advantage of being close to home with the accessibility of family and friends close by is also a positive benefit.
For more information regarding this program contact Case Management.
Sleep Disorders Center
Not feeling rested? It may be sleep apnea!
Extreme sleepiness during the day is the most common symptom of a condition called Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is a common, yet serious disorder that occurs when breathing stops for 10 seconds or more during a night’s sleep. Certain problems in the airway cause interruptions in breathing during sleep. When the airway narrows, it can result in snoring, periods of no breathing, and frequent arousals in sleep.
Besides feeling very drowsy and waking up at night, other symptoms of Sleep Apnea include:
Loud snoring, choking, or gasping during sleep
Trouble with concentration or memory
Mood changes, depression
In some patients, apnea occurs when the throat muscles and tongue relax during sleep. Sleep Apnea also may be triggered in obese patients when an excess amount of tissue blocks the airway.
Sleep apnea is not to be dismissed
Sleep Apnea is serious. Untreated, it raises the risk of high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, irregular heart rhythms, heart attack, stroke, memory loss, vehicle accidents, and even death. Drowsy driving accounts for more fatal car accidents than all other vehicle accidents including intoxicated drivers. Some people also lose their jobs due to falling asleep at work or reduced productivity.
If you have symptoms of Sleep Apnea night after night, talk to your doctor. You may need to complete a sleep study. During the sleep test, electrodes and sensors monitor a patient’s brain waves, cardiac rhythms, oxygen levels and respiration.
Treatment is available
The vast majority of people suffering from Sleep Apnea never seek help for their condition. The National Institutes of Health estimates that up to 18 million Americans have Sleep Apnea and nearly 95% are undiagnosed. Fortunately, treatment is easily available and very effective.
Pointe Coupee General Hospital has opened a new Sleep Disorder Center to diagnosis and treat Sleep Apnea. The test requires the patient to spend the night in the Sleep Disorder Center where the monitoring takes place. For most patients, one overnight stay is all that is needed to determine the sleep disorder and its cause. The Sleep Disorder Center’s physician interprets the test results and offers treatment options. The patient’s family doctor or specialist is provided with the test results. If you or a loved one is suffering from one or more symptoms of Sleep Apnea, discuss it with your physician soon. You can get the help you need at Pointe Coupee General Hospital’s Sleep Disorder Center.
Snoring sleep quiz
Are you overweight?
Do you have high blood pressure?
Does you spouse lose sleep because of your snoring?
Does your family tease you about snoring?
Are you often tired during the day, even though you get a reasonable amount of sleep each night?
Do you become sleepy while driving short or medium distances?
Have you ever had a traffic accident because of a lapse of concentration?
Do you feel sleepy at work?
Does sleepiness impair your work performance?
Have you ever fallen asleep in a meeting?
Do you have a problem with impotence?
Do you wake up during the night gasping for air?
Do you feel sleepy after lunch?
If you answered “yes” to three or more questions, you show symptoms of a sleeping disorder. If you feel that you may be affected by a sleeping disorder, be sure to speak to your physician. For more information, call Pointe Coupee General Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center at (225) 278-0872.
The Speech Therapy Department at Pointe Coupee General Hospital develops a comprehensive plan designed to treat the patient's individual communicative disorders. A Speech Therapist is also available to perform selective diagnostic procedures such as Swallow Studies.
Pointe Coupee General Hospital provides endoscopic screening examinations including colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and gastroscopy. The surgical department also conducts outpatient surgical procedures including cataract surgery. The surgical team at Pointe Coupee General Hospital believes the personalized concise care provided to the patient promotes a positive surgical experience.
Pointe Coupee General Hospital Emergency Room uses telemedicine specifically geared toward care utilizing electronic communication methods and technology to securely exchange medical information from one geographic site to another.
The program allows a specialist from Our Lady of the Lake Heart & Vascular Institute in Baton Rouge to connect with the team of healthcare providers at Pointe Coupee General Hospital in real-time in order to provide patients outside of Baton Rouge with specialty cardiac care.
Our Telecardiology program
Provides 24/7 access to an Our Lady of the Lake Heart & Vascular Institute Specialist
Eliminates travel for patients who can be assessed at Pointe Coupee General Hospital
Transfers only those patients that are appropriate for higher level care
Reduces unnecessary hospital admissions by consulting specialty physicians remotely
Pointe Coupee General Hospital offers stroke telemedicine that will provide access to a stroke neurologist at all times of the day and night. This program has been established with grant funds from the Department of Health and Hospitals’ Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program (DHH/HDSP) in a partnership with Ochsner Medical Center-New Orleans and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The grant allows the Pointe Coupee General Hospital’s Emergency Room physicians and staff 24 hour access to a stroke neurologist at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Ochsner will serve as the center of a network of ten stroke hospitals which includes Pointe Coupee General Hospital.
The access to the DHH/Ochsner Telestroke Network program is made possible using the Remote Evaluation of Acute isCHemic stroke or REACH Call. This technology is used to provide streamlined communication, synced in real-time, with all changes in a stroke patient’s condition recorded and stamped. All entries made by the medical staff at either end will be visible by both hospitals immediately. Pointe Coupee General Hospital is a hospital in the Acute Stroke System for Emergency Regional Telestroke initiative which will allow improving quick diagnosis and treatment of a stroke by linking Pointe Coupee General’s staff to a stroke neurologist at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans via telemedicine equipment. This will be just like having a stroke neurologist at the patient’s bedside.
The emergency room staff at Pointe Coupee General Hospital will have readily available remote access to consult with Ochsner stroke neurologists who will assist in determining which treatment options are best for each stroke patient. Pointe Coupee General Hospital’s Emergency Room was been equipped with the latest technology to provide remote live access at the bedside. This program will be beneficial to PCGH’s patients when minutes and seconds count!
Pointe Coupee General Hospital is committed to providing the most advanced and up-to-date care possible for the residents of this community and surrounding areas. Hospitals in this network follow the American Heart Association’s "Get with the Guidelines” optimal stroke care program and participate in community education about strokes. Please contact Pointe Coupee General Hospital for more information by calling (225) 638-6331.
If you think someone is having a stroke act F.A.S.T. and look for these signs and symptoms:
Face: Sudden numbness or weakness in the face or one side of the body.
Arm: Sudden numbness or weakness in arm or on one side of the body.
Speech: Difficulty speaking or seeing.
Time: Call 911 if these symptoms occur suddenly or are accompanied by loss of vision or unbalance with dizziness or severe headache. Time is of essence in preventing brain damage.