SWLA Center for Health Services discussed at Rotary
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY - The Crowley Rotary Club welcomed two individuals from the SWLA Center for Health Services to discuss what they are doing to help residents of Acadia Parish.
Tim Broussard, community outreach director, and Eligha Guillory, Jr., development director, joined the club for their weekly lunch-time meeting to talk about the center and what services they provide. They also spoke about programs the community can also expect to see very soon.
SWLA is a non-profit health facility that is categorized as a joint commission accredited federally qualified health center. The organization focuses on providing quality comprehensive perinatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric care. The facility which has on-staff health providers, does not have specialized health care, but does practice family medicine. The center also provides other health care services.
SWLA is not a free clinic, but uses a sliding scale fee based on income levels. The sliding scale is used with the uninsured patients that come into the facility. According to Guillory, those patients make up 35 percent of all patients that use SWLA’s services.
The Crowley location, located at 613 John F. Kennedy Drive, has been opened for over a year and is looking to expand both in services provided and in space.
“We’re looking at building a larger facility in the future,” said Guillory. The target open date for the new facility, according to Guillory, would be late 2011, early 2012.
At the Crowley location, the center has on-site physicians and dentists and is looking to add programs to their already existing local services list to help better the health and well-being of residents of the area.
The center, when necessary, will also refer patients to area specialists and hospitals. SWLA is working on building a relationship with American Legion in Crowley just as it has in Lake Charles and Lafayette where their other area locations are.
The center pushes not only treatment of health issues, but preventative health care. Two new programs are part of their preventative health care. The center teaches children about proper dental hygiene through a dental outreach program and will soon be adding a program called Kid Fit, which has been successful in Lake Charles. The program works with families on nutrition, fitness and making smart choices to combat Louisiana’s obesity problem.
For more information on SWLA Health Center, visit their website at swlahealth.org.
During the meeting’s committee reports, Joe Freeland discussed the Welcome House and reported the Open House held over the weekend as a success.
“This project is something to be proud of and Rotary had a large part in it,” said Freeland.
He said the dedication, which was held on Sunday, had about 75 people in attendance including Rotary International’s District 6200 Governor Clarence Prudhomme, the governor-elect and their wives. Freeland spoke about how proud the district governor was as well pointing out how he became choked up during his personal comments on Sunday.
Freeland reiterated that the Welcome House’s new building could be ready for occupancy before Christmas this year as well.
Next on the club’s Welcome House itinerary is a Thanksgiving meal next Wednesday with the residents of the Welcome House.