New health clinic brings options to Beauregard

By By Lauren Manary / American Press

Residents of southern Beauregard Parish have easier access to health care than ever before, thanks to a new clinic that opened

last month.

The South Beauregard Health Center, which offers primary care services, is an extension of Beauregard Memorial Hospital in

DeRidder.

Kelli Broocks, hospital public relations director, said the decision to open the new center was made to give residents in

the southern part of the parish more options.

“As far as Beauregard Memorial Hospital goes, we wanted to branch out into the parish,” Broocks said. “We wanted to give them

an avenue for health care that would be closer to them and more convenient for them in the southern part of our parish.”

The center, which held an open house

Wednesday, is staffed with one doctor, a certified family nurse

practitioner, a licensed

practical nurse and a lab technician who also handles radiology.

Bonnie Peterson, director of South Beauregard Health Center,

said the community has already embraced the new facility.

“I think at our last count we’ve seen

over a hundred encounters, which is just excellent,” Peterson said.

“We’ve been well-received

by the community.”

South Beauregard Health Center accepts both the uninsured and people who have Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. It

will eventually accept all providers, according to Peterson. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, No emergency services

are offered.

The clinic, at 12186 U.S. 171, opened in Longville on July 1.