It’s still under construction, but Ochsner representatives gave WAFB a special tour.
Once complete, it will provide comprehensive and primary preventative care; there will also be a wing dedicated to behavioral and social services. Officials with Ochsner expect to serve at least 10,000 patients per year.
“Having a facility right here in north Baton Rouge where people can either walk or it’s on the bus line and they can drive makes it so much more accessible to the community,” said Christy Reeves with Ochsner Health System.
Both healthcare and city leaders are hopeful this will be another option to help close healthcare gaps in the community.
Since Earl K. Long Medical Center closed in 2013, people living in the area have been reaching out to community leaders about health care disparities, specifically access to care.
“That was a big change for our community because at one time my daughter worked at that hospital, and I know the kind of things that they were doing,” said Priss Armstrong.
Armstrong, who is visiting the new Ochsner clinic, says she is hopeful it will be another resource for people with health concerns who may not be able to easily get to a doctor’s office in other parts of the city.
“I think it would be very helpful for everybody because a lot of people don’t have transportation to do this kind of thing. And I don’t know whether you have transportation down here, but it will be very good,” said Armstrong.
Ocshner reps tell us they expect the clinic to be complete by the middle of 2021. They also announced they are planning to build a second clinic in baton rouge but have not said where it will be.
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