Rapides Regional Medical Center to open 2 clinics

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Rapides Regional Medical Center expects to have two clinics operating within a few weeks as part of the effort to replace services currently provided by Huey P. Long Medical Center.

The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/1joUo9m ) one clinic will be located in Alexandria and will be open by Dec. 2. The other will be on the current Huey P. Long campus in Pineville and will be open by the second week of January.

“This is unknown territory in a way,” said Rapides Regional President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Cobb. “We’re really excited about being able to provide these services to the community.”

Rapides Regional and Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital recently reached an agreement with the state to take over services provided by Huey P. Long, which serves a large poor, uninsured and Medicaid population in Central Louisiana.

As part of the agreement, Christus Cabrini will operate one clinic. Emergency department and inpatient services will be shared by the hospitals.

The two Rapides Regional clinics will operate under the name “HP Long Urgent Care Clinic.” It was important to keep the HPL brand, Rapides Regional officials said, because of the connection people who have used that hospital feel to it.

In addition to urgent care, services provided at the clinics will include cardiology, orthopedics, family practice, dental and limited surgical. For some services that will be provided at the clinics, patients previously had to travel to Shreveport.

Permanent clinics are planned to replace the temporary ones.

The permanent Pineville clinic will be adjacent to the temporary clinic on the HPL campus. Rapides Regional officials still are looking at sites for the permanent clinic in Alexandria.

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

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