Three weeks ago, completed renovations at the Ascension Parish Health Unit resulted in new clinical space for the St. Elizabeth Community Clinic. Now, in one location, premium health care and wellness services can be provided to Ascension Parish residents.

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa oversaw the renovations at the Health Unit which resulted in four exam rooms and one lab room for the St. Elizabeth Community Clinic.

“Our partnership with St. Elizabeth is a treasure,” said Matassa. “We’ve renovated a section of the health unit so that our partnership can grow even stronger through direct referrals and a close working relationship.”

The St. Elizabeth Community clinic offers routine treatment for uninsured patients with common short-term health problems or long-lasting illnesses that can be managed on an outpatient basis. Patients must be at least 10 years of age.

“Some of our folks have visited the emergency room twenty times in a year, because that was their only source of medical care,” said Robert Burgess, President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Hospital. “Instead they come here in a much more pleasant environment and get the care they need.”

The Ascension Parish Health Unit offers WIC nutritional services, immunizations, pregnancy testing, family planning services and sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment. Additionally, the Ascension Parish Counseling Center, a subset of the Health Unit, offers individual and group counseling and treatments for addictive disorders.

“Our mission is to serve those most in need,” said Burgess. “This partnership that we have here is a great example of how to do that.”

“We are blessed to have a well-funded health unit and our great partnership with St. Elizabeth Hospital,” added Matassa.

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