- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Staff, administrators and clergy celebrated a new community clinic of Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.

Director Chris Voinche tells The Town Talk (https://townta.lk/1d5K4za ) Bishop Ronald P. Herzog blessed the physical space and staff of the Incarnate Word Community Clinic on Monday, which has seen more than 1,300 patients in the 57 days it has been open,

It is one of three outpatient clinics to provide services that were offered at Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville, which is part of the state charity hospital system and is scheduled to be closed by July 1 - if state lawmakers agree to the closure.

Cabrini and Rapides Regional Medical Center entered into agreements with the state to operate the clinics, and the Incarnate Word Community Clinic opened on Masonic Drive on Dec. 2.

“With the closure of the Huey P. Long system, there was going to be no access to care, Voinche said. “So we opened this clinic to meet that need.”

The clinic, located in the former Mid State Orthopedic clinic across from Cabrini, is booked for several months but welcomes walk-ins and appointments.

“We serve everyone - insurance … Medicare, Medicaid, no insurance,” Voinche said.

About 70 percent of patients fall in the “free care” range, meaning they fall within low-income guidelines, he said. About 30 percent of patients run the gamut of the other insurance options.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, https://www.thetowntalk.com


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