Acadiana Briefs for November 27, 2022 | business

The Capital One building in North Lafayette sold for $1.45 million

Capital One’s former North Lafayette facility has been sold and is being converted into an emergency medical center and doctor’s office.

Baton Rouge-based 4 Gals LLC, represented by investor Michael DiVicenti Jr., purchased the building on Louisiana Ave. 3105 for $1.45 million from the Capital One National Association, according to land registers.

His group will lease it to Premier Health and the Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. Similar to its emergency clinic in Carencro and in Lafayette at Ambassador Caffery Parkway Suite A 2932, Lourdes will have two doctors on one side of the building, while Premier Health will have the emergency clinic on the other side, a Lourdes spokesman said.

The emergency clinic would be the first of its kind in North Lafayette and east of the Evangeline Thruway.

It is the second former Capital One location to be sold in recent weeks after the South Lafayette location at 3527 W. Pinhook Road was purchased by South Louisiana Bank of Houma.

Capital One closed that office years ago to reduce its footprint across the country. According to land records, the Louisiana Avenue office was closed in May and other locations in the Lafayette market.

Ochsner Lafayette General, Oceans, opens behavioral health clinic in Acadiana

Ochsner Lafayette General will work with a national behavioral health agency to open a 120-bed hospital in Acadiana in late 2024.

Ochsner will be collaborating with Oceans Healthcare on the project at a location that has not yet been determined but will operate as Ochsner Behavioral Health Acadiana and will become the largest behavioral health center in the region.

The hospital will provide inpatient services for juveniles, adults, geriatric patients and outpatient services, officials said. It meets the need for compassionate, comprehensive care for people with mental health problems and co-occurring substance use disorders.

Both agencies will invest approximately $30 million in the expansion.

“Despite the growing number of people living with mental illness, Louisians — and so many across the country — still struggle to access healthcare,” said Stuart Archer, CEO of Oceans Healthcare. “This new hospital is the next step in our partnership with Ochsner and its acute care providers to provide essential mental health services that have been unattainable for many. We have proven that our joint venture model works to provide best practice operations, reduce the burden on emergency services and reduce overall costs.”

The partnership will be similar to this partnership Oceans Healthcare and Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport entered into in 2021 with Louisiana Behavioral Health in Shreveport.

SafeSource Direct Receives FDA Approval; The company now hopes to employ over 2,000 people

Broussard-based SafeSource Direct received federal approval for its nitrile gloves for healthcare use, opening the door to becoming one of the largest PPE manufacturers in the country.

Company officials said the decision would allow health officials to buy supplies from a US-based company rather than foreign manufacturers. The jobs estimate could also beat the original forecast of 1,221. Now the company hopes to reach 2,200 employees.

“This is a tremendous step toward security of supply in the United States as healthcare providers seek to mitigate the risks involved in sourcing critical supplies,” said CEO Justin Hollingsworth. “

The company, which currently employs 850 of its plants at the Spanish Trail Industrial Park in the parish of St. Martin and the former Weatherford International facility, rolled its first glove off the assembly line at the Spanish Trail building in January. It now operates multiple production lines capable of making 108,000 gloves per hour.

The company hopes to have a dozen lines operational by January 2024, capable of producing over 2 billion gloves a year, with additional production capacity available on-site, company officials said.

SafeSource Direct also produces surgical necktie masks, procedure masks and shoe covers. N95 respirators, puffy hats and isolation gowns will soon be in production.

Tula Tacos is closing the downtown restaurant

Tula Tacos + Amigos, the street taco restaurant that opened three years ago in downtown Lafayette, has closed

The restaurant, which is part of the Social Entertainment portfolio of restaurants, was closed on Wednesday, according to a statement published on Tula Tacos’ Facebook page

The owners announced a new concept that will soon be available in the 2,200 square foot space at 427 Jefferson St.

“We’ve made a lot of tacos over the last three and a half years, but we’ve made a lot more amigos,” the statement said. “Our incredible crew worked so hard to put smiles on your faces (and margaritas in your glasses). We are incredibly proud of the entire team and we are so grateful for the opportunity to serve this community.”