Temporary clinic up in hurricane damaged Louisiana parish

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Buildings and homes are flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Cameron, La. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A large energy businesses has set up a temporary clinic in southwestern Louisiana’s Cameron Parish, after Hurricane Laura heavily damaged one of its rural health facilities.

Cameron LNG, which operates a liquified natural gas facility in Hackberry, leased a temporary building in the southwest Louisiana town. The American Press reports that building is being used to operate a health clinic while the West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s Rural Health Clinic is being repaired.

Jobie James, the hospital’s chief financial officer, said the temporary clinic to serve nearly 500 patients opened two weeks ago, with the permanent clinic expected to reopen early next year.

Hurricane Laura, which came ashore in Cameron Parish on Aug. 27, caused significant roof damage and water intrusion to the Hackberry health clinic.

James said the temporary clinic will offer critical access to health care in the rural area. The clinic provides primary care, immunizations and mental health services. Also, a dentist visits once a month.

“That’s really the only health care service available nearby,” James said.

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