Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New Orleans East update

One of the hardest hit areas by Katrina, New Orleans East is very slowly coming back to life. It's evident from I-1O going into and out of New Orleans.

Building Better Communities, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rebuilding of homes and lives in the devastated city of New Orleans, will host its grand opening in eastern New Orleans May 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 10555 Deer Park, Building 9, near Lake Forest Boulevard.

New Orleans East residents will once again have access to a community health clinic

Operation Blessing operated the clinic from April '06 thru December '07.

Operation Blessing, an international, faith-based group, had operated the clinic from April 3, 2006 through Dec. 21, 2007. The Charity Hospital system began operating the clinic April 28, said Dr. Cassandra Youmans, the system's medical director for outpatient clinics and services.

"We will be able to see all patients regardless of their ability to pay," she said. "Some will be sent bills based on ability to pay. Others will qualify for free care."

The clinic will be staffed with two full-time physicians, one nurse practitioner, one medical assistant, a certified wound-care specialist and one hospital admission technician.

The staff ought to be able to see more than 70 patients a day, Youmans said.

The clinic will provide preventive care, acute primary care, prenatal care and link patients to mental-health care, including counseling and affordable medications, she said.

Walk-ins will be accommodated, but the clinic prefers patients to make an appointment by calling 245-7951.

Operation Blessing is providing modular buildings for the clinic and the Greater St. Stephens Full Gospel Baptist Church is providing the land. The clinic is being financed by patient fees, federal grants and state money, Youmans said.

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