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    Without Ms. Forrest, there would be no CareSouth

    New clinic is named in honor of former Capitol City Family Health Center CEO

    CareSouth Medical and Dental held the grand opening of the Rose V. Forrest/ CareSouth Pediatrics and WIC Clinic, 3324 Florida St., in Baton Rouge.  The 5,000-square foot facility will feature four exam rooms, five WIC offices, a WIC lab, a lactation station, and an education room.. The clinic will officially open for business on Nov. 9.

    The building is named in honor of Forrest who was the former CEO of Capitol City Family Health Center, the predecessor to CareSouth. She was a founding board member for the creation of Capitol City which opened in 1997. Forrest’s grant writing skills afforded the opportunity for Capitol City to expand its services into Donaldsonville and Plaquemine. Forrest worked at Capitol City for 23 years serving in various capacities

    Prior to coming to Capitol City, Forrest served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). She worked at DHH for 30 years in various capacities before retiring.

    “We are so excited to honor Ms. Forrest,” said CareSouth CEO Matthew Valliere. “Her contributions to CareSouth are invaluable in expanding our services and our footprint in the Baton Rouge community and beyond. We are so grateful for her leadership, dedication and commitment to helping to make healthcare more accessible to everyone. Without Ms. Forrest, there would be no CareSouth.”

    “I am so honored,” said the now-retired mother and grandmother. “It’s really overwhelming. I never would have imagined a building would be named in my honor. I was shocked when Matt told me. I said “are you kidding me?’” But I have always had a heart for this community because I grew up and for years lived not far from CareSouth and I wanted to make sure healthcare services were available to those who needed it most.  And I’m glad I did.”

    Pediatrics will provide child wellness exams, immunizations, school physicals, adolescent care, same-day sick visits and other specialized care for babies, children and adolescents ages 0 to 18 years old. It will accept Medicaid, Medicare and most private insurance. The clinic will also offer a sliding-fee discount for patients.   

     

    WIC or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children provides healthy food for women and infants and children up to five years old.   The program provides a nutritional food package inclusive of eggs, juice, cheese, fruit and vegetables, beans, and infant formula among other products. The program also offers breastfeeding support, nutrition education and referrals to other social services.

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    CareSouth, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church host COVID-19 drive-thru community testing, supplies giveaway, Saturday, July 11

    CareSouth Medical and Dental and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church are hosting a COVID-19 Drive-thru Community Testing and Supplies Giveaway on Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shiloh, 185 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive, in Baton Rouge.

    CareSouth staff will be conducting the testing for up to 250 peopleYou must be tested first in order to receive the supplies. You must pre-register to get the test. Residents will stay in their cars for the testing and the supplies. No walkups are allowed. No more than four people per car for testing.

    The testing is open to anyone ages 12 and up with or without symptoms and with and without insurance. No doctor’s order required. There are no out-of-pocket expenses. If you have insurance, your insurance will be billed. If you don’t have insurance, CareSouth will cover the cost.

    “We’re excited to partner with Shiloh to help make COVID-19 testing more accessible to everyone in our community, especially those who are most at risk,” said Matthew Valliere, CareSouth CEO.  “Getting tested is the only way to help stop the spread.”

    “This is a great opportunity to bring the testing to our members, their families and the community at large,” said Rev. Fred Jeff Smith, Pastor of Shiloh.  “We’re very grateful to CareSouth for providing this service.”

    To pre-register, go to caresouth.org and fill out the registration form or call (225) 650-2000. The testing will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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    CareSouth offers gift cards, Uber coupons to residents who get tested on National HIV Testing Day, June 27

    CareSouth Medical and Dental is offering $25 gift cards and $25 Uber Coupons to encourage residents to get tested as part of National HIV Testing Day on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

    The Baton Rouge clinic will be offering free HIV testing at 3140 Florida Boulevard. The testing will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. The first 25 people to get tested will receive the gift card and Uber coupon.  No appointment needed.  Walk ups are welcome.

    Nationally, Louisiana has the fifth highest rate of AIDS cases. African Americans, especially Black women, are most at risk, accounting for the majority of newly diagnosed HIV and AIDS cases.

    “Testing is the only way to know your status so we want to encourage everyone to take control of their health to help make our community better,” said CareSouth CEO Matthew Valliere.

    The testing will include a confidential finger prick blood test and pre-counseling and post counseling. Results are available immediately.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.2 million people in the United States have HIV and 14 percent don’t know they have it. The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of their routine health care. People at higher risk should get tested more often.

     

     

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    Free COVID-19 testing, supplies at Living Faith on June 9

    CareSouth Medical and Dental and other community partners are hosting a COVID-19 Drive-thru Community Testing and Household Supplies and Mask Giveaway at Living Faith Christian Center, 6375 Winbourne Avenue, in Baton Rouge on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    The testing is open to anyone ages 12 and up with or without symptoms and with and without insurance. Pre-registration is required online at caresouth.org or by calling (225) 650-2000. No doctor’s order required. There are no out-of-pocket expenses. If you have insurance, your insurance will be billed. If you don’t have insurance, CareSouth will cover the cost.
    You must be tested first in order to receive the supplies.  Residents will stay in their cars for the testing and the supplies. No walkups are allowed. No more than 4 people per car for testing. Testing will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis for up to 300 people.
    Volunteers from Big Simon Trucking and upCHILD Mentoring Services as well as other organizations will be assisting in the effort.
    The event is being co-sponsored by Attorney Gordon McKernan, community activist Jamie Robinson, Living Faith, and the Southern University Ag Center. Rep. C. Denise Marcelle. McKernan and Robinson are donating the supplies and masks.
    ONLINE:caresouth.org
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    COVID-19 drive-thru site to test anyone 12 years old and up with or without symptoms

    CareSouth Medical and Dental Center has opened three COVID-19 drive-thru community testing sites in Baton Rouge, Donaldsonville, and Plaquemine. Testing is available for anyone 12 years old and up who wants to take the test with or without symptoms.
    A doctor’s order is not required, but all participants must register in order to get the test. Register by calling (225) 650-2000 or going online at caresouth.org.
    There is no out-of-pocket expense for the test. If you have insurance, your insurance will be billed. If you don’t have insurance, CareSouth will cover the cost. You will need to bring your insurance card and picture ID. This is a partnership with CareSouth, Louisiana Healthcare Connections, and Quest Diagnostics.

    The testing is part of an initiative to increase testing in underserved communities in Louisiana by working with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) like CareSouth.  Louisiana is one of 10 states participating in the initiative. CareSouth is one of only two participating organizations in Louisiana.

    “We’re excited to be a part of this great partnership to expand COVID-19 testing in the underserved communities that we serve,” said CareSouth CEO Matthew Valliere.  “It will also help us provide testing to the most vulnerable, high risk populations.”

    Testing times/locations:
    Baton Rouge, 3140 Florida St.
    Starting May 14, 2020
    Monday through Friday  9 a.m. to noon

    You must enter the clinic parking lot off of Convention Street:
    Donaldsonville, 904 Catalpa St.
    Starting May 20, 2020
    Monday 3 to 5 p.m.
    Wednesday  8 a.m. to noon

    Plaquemine, 59340 River West Drive
    Starting May 21, 2020
    Tuesdays 3 to 5 p.m
    Thursdays  8 a.m. to noon

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    HIV specialist, Dr. Walter Campbell, returns to CareSouth

     Dr. Walter Lee Campbell has returned to CareSouth Medical and Dental as its infectious disease physician in the Ryan White Department. He will be working at the Baton Rouge clinic, 3140 Florida Blvd., every Monday and Tuesday.

     Campbell has been treating HIV since 1988 and began working at CareSouth in 2011   took a personal leave of absence last year.

    “We’re so glad Dr. Campbell is back with us,” said CareSouth CEO Matthew Valliere. “He’s a great doctor with a wealth of experience in HIV testing and treatment.”

    “I missed the patients and the patients missed me,” said Campbell.  “It’s good to be back and be a part of the CareSouth team again.”

    Campbell earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida A&M University and a medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine. A military veteran,  he served in the U.S. Navy as a Medical Officer Lieutenant Commander and Hospital Corpsman Second Class

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