Lafayette General Medical Center
The 475-bed hospital is an acute care and surgical facility that serves the Lafayette community. It is home to a level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), mother-baby suites, perinatal care for high-risk pregnancies and a breastfeeding resource center.
Lafayette is the parish seat of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, and is home to more than 490,000 residents. It is considered to be the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country.
The local economy is powered by manufacturing, fabrication and information technology companies.
Lafayette is served by several major highways, Lafayette Regional Airport, Amtrak passenger rail service and Lafayette Transit System public bus service. The city is also committed to developing a bicycle-friendly community.
Arts and Entertainment
Lafayette’s arts and culture scene includes Acadiana Center for the Arts, Cité des Arts, Acadian Cultural Center of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Katog Choling Tibetan Cultural Center, Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, and Heymann Center.
Other popular local attractions include Zoosiana, Acadian Village, Alexandre Mouton House Museum, Children’s Museum of Acadiana, Downtown Lafayette, Borden’s Ice Cream, Lafayette Natural History Museum & Planetarium, Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise and Vermillionville Historic Village.
Residents and visitors enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as fishing, bird watching, paddling and wildlife viewing at Lake Martin and the Atchafalaya Basin.
The city hosts numerous events each year, including Cajun Heartland State Fair, Festival International de Louisiane, Downtown Alive!, Movies in the Parc, INNOV8 Lafayette, Southern Screen Film Festival, Gulf Brew, Crouchstock and South Louisiana Blackpot Festival & Cookoff, to name a few.
Lafayette is served by the Lafayette Parish School System and several private schools.
Nearby institutions of higher education include the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, South Louisiana Community College and Louisiana Technical College (Lafayette campus).