The Louisiana State University Health Care Services Division said its Interim LSU Public Hospital will open several community health clinics throughout New Orleans to offer comprehensive primary-care, specialty-care and preventive-care services to residents. Clinic staff will include a physician, family nurse practitioner, licensed practical nurse and behavioral health specialist.
LSU has long pursued the development of medical homes, Michael Butler, acting chief executive officer of the LSU Health Care Services Division, said in a news release. These community clinics are another step in the provision of this concept of care.
Some of the LSU-HCSD Community Clinics will focus on prevention and offer comprehensive routine exams, hearing and vision screens, immunizations, and evidence-based chronic disease management, while otherssuch as LSU HCSD Community Clinic-Jackson Barracks and LSU HCSD Community Clinic-New Orleans Eastwill provide direct family-centered services, such as internal medicine, obstetrics-gynecology, pediatrics, pharmacy assistance and prenatal care. In the former Lord & Taylor department store on Poydras Street, LSU will open a stroke and heart attack-prevention clinic, as well as a breast and cervical cancer program, in addition to several other clinics.
Dwayne Thomas, hospital administrator at the Interim LSU Public Hospital, said in the systems news release that the clinics offer affordable quality care for those who are constrained by transportation or financial issues. -- by Jessica Zigmond