Voters Approve South Cameron Hospital

October 1, 2006
Reported by Lee Peck

Voters in lower Cameron Parish said "yes" to a healthier community.

Residents overwhelmingly approved a 10-year 21 mills property tax to operate and maintain a new 18-point-seven million dollar South Cameron Memorial Hospital, which will be paid for by FEMA and the LRA.

The old facility had to be demolished due to severe hurricane damage.

Residents say this vote was vital for the community's full recovery.

"We have an excellent emergency ambulance service down here right now,"says Cameron Parish Police Juror, Scott Trahan, "but if you need emergency care you have to drive an hour to Lake Charles, and that time is the difference between life or death."

Creole resident, Angela Nunez says, "we would have probably lost business and that would have hurt Cameron Parish. To better Cameron Parish and to get back to where we were we have to have this hospital."

"I had some concern with the kids and everything," says resident, Kyle Theriot, "and right now I watch every step they make because I'm scared to death that something is going to happen to one of them. But, as soon as we get some ground broken and we get emergency services, I'll still watch them, but I will sleep easier at night."

Officials expect to break ground on the new hospital some time after the first of the year.