University Medical Center is owned by the State of Louisiana and operated by the Louisiana State University. Located in Lafayette, Louisiana, UMC provides medical, obstetrical, pediatric and surgical services to the poor and others of that city and the surrounding area, which is known as Acadiana.
Inheriting the responsibilities and privileges of the old Lafayette Charity Hospital, UMC's principal building opened in 1980. Its six upper floors accommodate 186 inpatients in private rooms and house the intensive care unit, the labor and delivery suite, the neonatal intensive care unit and the nursery.
The hospital's large ground floor houses the emergency department, general and speciality clinics, the blood bank, operating rooms, the learning resource center, some LSU faculty offices, Voorhies Auditorium, conference rooms, administrative offices, the clinical laboratory, radiology and imaging.