Access Health Louisiana reopens the newly repaired St. Charles Community Health Center in Norco

Access Health Louisiana’s St. Charles Community Health Center, located near the Shell facility at 16004 River Road in Norco, recently reopened to welcome patients after being closed due to damage from Hurricane Ida has been closed.

Chenier Reynolds-Montz, vice president of school health and strategic media at AHL, said the reopening means families living on the east bank of the community now have better access to healthcare closer to home. She added that the St. Charles Community Health Center continues to play an important role in building a stronger, healthier community.

“We thank Parish President Matthew Jewell and his ward councilors for their continued support in reopening our doors,” Reynolds-Montz said. “He and his team work tirelessly to ensure that families living in the community of St. Charles have good access to quality and affordable care, which in turn leads to a better quality of life for all St. Charles residents.”

Melanie Taylor, director of operations for the Norco site, said the healthcare unit has added new clinic providers and services to support the community.

“It has been wonderful to see so many familiar faces return to their medical homes here at the health center,” she said.

Sherry Aucoin, a practicing family nurse, has joined the practice and will see Dr. Join Sudha Mardia as she treats both pediatric and adult patients. Other services available include podiatry with Dr. Anthony Perry and health coaching with Destrehan High School graduate Danielle Barrios. Patients seeking behavioral health services may receive medication management, counseling, and other support services.

“We are excited to introduce one of our newest programs, ‘Medication Assisted Treatment,'” said Vanice Zenon, vice president of behavioral health at AHL. “This program uses medication in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a ‘holistic’ approach to the management of opioid use disorders. Our highly qualified team of Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurses, Medical Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors can help patients with a wide range of mental/behavioural health conditions.”

St. Charles Community Health Center staff continued to provide services to patients even though the physical building was closed for repairs last year. Some patients were seen in person at the nearby Luling Clinic at 843 Milling Avenue, while others were in touch with their providers through telemedicine appointments.

Reynolds-Montz said that during the repair work at Norco Clinic, AHL partnered with local community groups, churches and the American Red Cross to continue to help families of St. Charles Parish recover from Hurricane Ida.

“Pastor DB Molliere of Good Hope Church, Dwayne LaGrange and church members distributed hot meals and free cleaning supplies with the Access Health Louisiana outreach team,” she said. “The community health center has come a long way since it originally opened on June 12, 2012. Back then, the clinic operated from a small portable building on Apple Street. Despite its small size, the health center quickly became an important resource for providing health care to families in the river region, including those who are uninsured.”

For more information about Access Health Louisiana, visit accesshealthla.org.

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