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Rapides Women's and Children's Hospital

Health Care in Central Louisiana

Home to some of the state's top health care providers and hospitals, Central Louisiana residents have access to a range of treatment services, such as those available at Rapides Regional Medical Center. Central Louisiana health care facilities have received national recognition — in 2014, Central Louisiana Surgical Hospital received the APEX Quality Award for excellence in patient satisfaction.

Among area options, residents will find state-of-the-art facilities, including:

  • Cycle III Chest Pain Center
  • The da Vinci® Surgical System
  • Level II Trauma Center
  • Maternity care in home-like settings

Several of the area hospitals, including the VA Medical Center, provide the community with support groups, programs, presentations and opportunities to involve friends and families in the healing process. Art & Healthcare, Inc. introduces art as a creative outlet to aid in recovery for patients and their loved ones in a healthcare setting – providing a creative avenue for healing. Participating hospitals display the art from patients and staff in areas such as their cafeterias, lobbies or even designated gallery rooms.