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Our History

65 years of compassionate care

St. James Parish Hospital opened in 1955 as part of a Hospital Service District. St. James Parish Hospital is a public, nonprofit, Critical Access Hospital that has transformed through the years to adopt to the ever-changing needs of the community.

As we evolve, we always remain committed to our mission of providing excellent, quality and compassionate care.

Our Story

In the 1950’s, the closest hospitals to St. James Parish were in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. David Reynaud—the namesake of the hospital’s Medical Office Building—was the mayor at this time. David saw a need to create access to healthcare in our community and spearheaded a campaign for a local hospital. He worked with government officials to create a Hospital Service District and secure necessary financing. Financing was approved at the time due to the threat of a nuclear attack.

St. James Parish Hospital was the first hospital designed by the chosen architects—the same group who went on to design the Superdome and eventually become an award-winning, globally recognized firm. David Reynaud, who we credit our existence to, was the original chairman of the St. James Parish Hospital Board of Directors—a position his son Wilbur now holds.

Since opening, St. James Parish Hospital has been accredited by the State of Louisiana. In 1993, St. James Parish Hospital received its first Joint Commission Accreditation of Hospitals which has been maintained ever since in both the hospital and laboratory. Joint Commission accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

In August 2001, St. James Parish Hospital converted to a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) as a result of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 which incorporated legislation that created Rural Hospital Flexibility Programs. The CAH Program helps support financial viability for rural hospitals to ensure adequate community access to high-quality health care in areas like St. James Parish.

Our 25-bed Critical Access facility offers an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient services. While comparable in scope of services to larger facilities, our hospital’s smaller size allows  physicians and staff to provide quality medical services with a personalized touch. In addition, our central location attracts an experienced medical staff from other world-class organizations.

Large enough to serve, Small enough to care

From our 24-hour emergency room to our state-of-the-art surgical suites and cutting-edge diagnostics, St. James Parish Hospital offers emergency and routine medical care delivered by highly-trained physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. Throughout our history we have remained focused on bringing more services home to you.

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