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09-319 Villa Feliciana Chronic Disease Hospital and Rehabilitation Center

The mission of the Villa Feliciana Chronic Disease Hospital and Rehabilitation Center is to provide specialized medical care and rehabilitative services to medically complex patients diagnosed with chronic diseases, disabilities, and terminal illnesses.

The goals of the Villa Feliciana Chronic Disease Hospital and Rehabilitation Center are:

1. Meet specialized medical care and rehabilitative service needs of the citizens of Louisiana within the facility's 275 bed operating limit.

2. Manage the continuation budget resources of the hospital in a manner that provides for medical, nursing, ancillary, recreational, and nutritional services to be administered to all patients efficiently and cost effectively.

3. Maintain health care delivery standards that ensure continuing licensure by the state and federal accrediting and regulatory agencies.

4. Identify needed changes in the hospitals's health care delivery system and actively seek resources and administrative approval for implementation of change.

The Villa Feliciana Chronic Disease Hospital and Rehabilitation Center was originally instituted in recognition of the need for a chronic disease facility specializing in the care of geriatric patients. Since its inception in 1961, through referrals and direct contacts, families have sought care and treatment for younger family members with closed-headed injuries, spinal injuries, and other disabilities. In this capacity, Villa has served as a safety net for Louisiana citizens unable to obtain long-term and acute health services in the existing health care delivery system. Villa further serves as an alternative treatment facility for the placement of patients with behavioral disorders resulting from injury or illness.

The majority of the patients require partial assistance and approximately 50% require total care for bathing, dressing, feeding, tolieting, and transferring from one location and/or position to another. None of the patients are able to self-administer medication and two-thirds are in a confused or disoriented state of mind. Approximately 30 patients are being treated for decubitus ulcers and 150 are receiving special skin care. 31 patients receive tracheostomy care and require frequent suctioning. 78 are receiving rehabilitative services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech pathology.

This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.

In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $214,408 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1998-1999 for long-term debt incurred on behalf of this agency from the previous sale of bonds. Total long-term debt service payments for the state for Fiscal Year 1998-1999 are reflected in the Governor's Executive Budget Supporting Document in Non-Appropriated Requirements, Schedule 22-922.

This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:

State General Fund by:



     Interagency Transfers









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