CareSouth hosts community health celebration

Leslie D. Rose @DvilleNewsie

The clinic located at 904 Catalpa St. officially transitioned to CareSouth with a celebratory health fair and day of fun for the community it serves, and further seeks to serve.

The Community health celebration, as it was called, included food, refreshments, music, face painting, balloon artists, fitness demonstrations and door prizes. It also featured testimonials from city and parish officials who said they are patients of the clinic, including Mayor Leroy Sullivan, who recently visited CareSouth.

"[The staff] was very polite and courteous - they took good care of me," Sullivan said. "To the community, this facility is here for your use, and we need to make sure that we are supporting this facility, and know that there is healthcare right here.

I'm really excited to be a part of it."

District 1 Parish Councilman Oliver Joseph was cited as someone who worked hard to ensure that the City of Donaldsonville would have a clinic.

"We have the facility here, we have doctors and everything we need in this community," Joseph said. "This is in our community - this is for us - we have to support it. We have to come here - we have to learn more about it, so we can appreciate it. That's why CareSouth is here - they are reaching out to me, to you.

Anybody who needs healthcare services - before you go to the emergency room, come to CareSouth, right here."

Juanita C. Pearley - Executive Director of the Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce - also urged residents to visit the clinic to ensure that it is always in the community for their use.

"Don't let this facility be lost," Pearley said. "Use it or lose it. Use everything that they have to offer.

CareSouth is a member of the Chamber, so they're not just here in Donaldsonville, but they support Donaldsonville."

CareSouth is a private non-profit federally -qualified health center that provides a comprehensive range of community-based medical, dental and behavioral health services. The center is guided by a consumer-majority volunteer board of directors whose mission is to provide comprehensive, high-quality health care with compassion and respect for all.Community sponsors for the community health celebration included Louisiana Healthcare Connections, United Healthcare, Juban Insurance Group, LabCorp, HenrySchein Dental, Avita Pharmacy and Charter Home Health.