$15M Destrehan Clinic Planned; Fourth Daughters of Charity Clinic to Open

By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor St. Charles Parish Hospital is seeking the public’s approval on an April 21 ballot for a $15 million loan intended for several projects, including an after-hours and primary-care clinic in Destrehan and further cardiac-care services at the main facility in Luling. According to a report by The Times-Picayune, St. Charles [...]

St. Charles Parish Hospital is seeking the public’s approval on an April 21 ballot for a $15 million loan intended for several projects, including an after-hours and primary-care clinic in Destrehan and further cardiac-care services at the main facility in Luling.

According to a report by The Times-Picayune, St. Charles Hospital is in negotiations for a BP-owned property at the corner of I-310 and River Road, near East Regional Library. BP has already hired the Prince of Wales-headed charity The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment to develop a mixed-use town center-type project on the property.

During business hours, the Destrehan healthcare facility will provide services such as internal medicine, OB-GYN, bone care, advanced heart diagnostics and pediatrics. Outside business hours, the clinic would double as an emergency-care facility for medical services such as fractures that do not require the care of a typical emergency room. A significant aspect of the clinic will be the cost of care: Fees will be at the level of doctor’s offices, far lower than those charged for emergency-room visits.

Since 2003, voters have approved $30 million in upgrades and expansions to St. Charles Parish Hospital, including a new wing for internal, behaviorial and intensive care, operational since May 2008; an occupational medicine clinic that opened in December; and a new emergency department that is opening next month.

In further healthcare news, The Times-Picayune reports the Daughters of Charity, in partnership with the city of New Orleans, will open a temporary low-income clinic in eastern New Orleans. The neighborhood clinic will offer free basic medical care, as well as dental and optometric care services, counseling and preventive care.

The healthcare facility opens next month on Read Boulevard, next door to the former Methodist Hospital, which is being transformed into an 80-bed community hospital by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and will open late next year.

The Daughters plan to establish a $7 million permanent clinic in another building on the site by late 2013.

Photo credit: The Daughters of Charity Health Centers’ Facebook Page