LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Thanks to flooding from Hurricane Ike, for roughly eleven months, residents of lower western Cameron Parish have had two options for medical care: a temporary facility, or a trip to Sulphur.
Feddine Hinton from Hackberry says, "We had a lot of people from Johnson's Bayou and Holly Beach and those places coming up here to be seen because they had nothing down there left."
The Hackberry Rural Health Clinic held a grand re-opening of its permanent facility on Tuesday afternoon. Residents are thrilled to have a full array of services available to them again.
"I cannot tell you what it means to us as far as having the confidence and the professionalism and then how they personally care for you," says Joan Simon of Hackberry.
The new building is home to three exam rooms, with a full medical staff, and modern medical equipment to meet a wide variety of patient needs. In addition to offering basic medical care along with minor emergency treatment, the clinic at Hackberry is excited to be offering dentistry services once again.
Dr. R. Thomas Cates has been providing his services for over two decades in Cameron Parish and is happy to return to this state-of-the-art facility. Dr. Cates says, "[We offer] full facilities, full care; everything from your basic care to cosmetic dentistry."
Employees are just as excited to have these new facilities available in order to provide outstanding care to a determined community.
Julie Galley the Family Nurse Practitioner who operates this facility says, "This is a resilient community. And as the whole community restructures, we're moving right along with them. We're so appreciative that West Cal Cam has continued to support this community and this clinic."
With three re-openings in the past five years, everyone wants this to be the last for decades.
"We're hoping that this is the last grand opening of our clinic here in Hackberry," says Bill Hankins the CEO of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital.
Dr . Cates adds, "We're here and we're not going anywhere."
The Hackberry Rural Health Clinic is located at 1020 Main Street in Hackberry. The clinic accepts all forms of health insurance and is open to the community four days a week:
Tuesday & Thursday: 7AM-5PM
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday: CLOSED