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From LSU SportsHOOVER, Ala. – Second-ranked LSU (48-8) faces Alabama (33-24) at approximately 12:30 p.m. CT Wednesday in the SEC Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.The game can be heard on the affiliatesMore >>
Second-ranked LSU faces Alabama at approximately 12:30 p.m. CT Wednesday in the SEC Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.More >>
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A simple glance at the box scores will tell you LSU's Rachele Fico pitched two games against UL-Lafayette this past weekend and lost them both. They were a pair of defeats that ended the Tigers' seasonMore >>
As Fico grunted and launched strikes to UL-Lafayette batters Saturday and Sunday afternoon, she knew her father's longtime battle with cancer was likely nearing an unhappy end.
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Two people are wanted for questioning in connection with the use of a stolen credit card.LSU Police say three suspects took the victim's wallet and phone during an armed robbery on April 27th.The robberyMore >>
Two people are wanted for questioning in connection with the use of a stolen credit card.More >>
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A key piece of evidence in a Baton Rouge drunk driving case has been tossed out of city court. The ruling could have a major impact on future DWI trials. Baton Rouge attorney Cliff Ivey took one of hisMore >>
A key piece of evidence in a Baton Rouge drunk driving case has been tossed out of city court. The ruling could have a major impact on future DWI trials.More >>
At the corner of Plank Rd. and Scenic Highway sits a Chevron gas station. It's off I-110 near Memorial Stadium. Around 10 p.m.Sunday, a family stopped here to get gas. "Upon our arrival, we located threeMore >>
A man said he, his wife and his daughter were all punched because they were in the "wrong neighborhood" when they stopped to get gas at night. More >>
GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Nearly a fourth of Ascension Parish residents do not have health insurance, according to a recent study. That caused emergency rooms to fill up with cases as small as the sniffles. But, parish leaders and a local hospital have found a remedy to offer primary care services to all residents.
The St. Elizabeth Hospital's emergency room waiting area may appear to be slow and quiet at times. But, hospital vice president Pete Guarisco warns things can change at a moment's notice. There's no such thing as a "typical" day in the ER and the cases that find themselves here range from simple to severe. "If someone's in the emergency room with a sinus infection and there's someone in the back who was in an auto accident or had a heart attack, those patients take priority," Guarisco said.
So, if you want to see a doctor for a runny nose, you could be in for a long wait. But, some have no other choice. "Twenty-five percent of all patients that come in the facility are uninsured," Guarisco said.
According to a study released by the Louisiana Health Insurance Society in 2007, 22 percent of the people who live in Ascension Parish are not insured. That number struck a chord with the hospital and the parish. "We knew we couldn't sit back and do nothing," Guarisco said.
For two years St. Elizabeth Hospital staff have been working with parish officials to provide primary healthcare to all residents. The current parish health unit is being transformed into "St. Elizabeth Community Clinic." It will consist of a medical director, a nurse, two nurse practitioners and two patient account reps.
Parish Health Director Kenny Matassa says visits will cost between 5 and 25 dollars, depending on income. "Hopefully, the government realizes that this is the way to go for primary care," Matassa said. He believes this is just the first step in public and private entities working together to improve healthcare across the board.
Start-up costs for the clinic were funded by a $500,000 grant through the Fransiscan Sisters Ministries.