Category Archives: Health & Medical

Rapides Regional Presents ER Expansion Plans

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An expansion of the emergency room at Rapides Regional Medical Center is planned.
Today, staff members described what is happening and when.

Rapides Regional, along with Cabrini, has taken over the services once provided by Huey Long Hospital in Pineville.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/27/14

Volunteers Working Hard on Cenla Race for the Cure

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The Komen Race for the Cure is less than two months away, and volunteers are working hard. The Cenla Race for the Cure Committee meets to recruit and inform new volunteers about the race. It’s October 11th in Downtown Alexandria.
These volunteers say Louisiana is at the top of the list for mortality from breast cancer. [...]

Mobile Pantry Teaches Residents Healthy Cooking

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It’s a little like the book mobile, but it carries food. The Mobile Pantry Program will serve rural areas.
The Food Bank of Central Louisiana showed off its nutrition on wheels. It will be used in the under-served areas of Central Louisiana to provide food and information for healthy eating.

The Mobile Pantry is provided by grants [...]

New Farmer’s Market to Open In Boyce

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A new farmers market is being set up in Central Louisiana. It’s in Boyce on Pacific Street, where a groundbreaking event was held this morning.
The USDA is providing a grant to build the new market, because Boyce is currently designated as a food desert. That means residents there do not have easy access to fresh [...]

Veterans Voice Opinions on VA Health Care System

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Area veterans are given an opportunity to share their opinions about the veterans health care system. State Secretary of veterans’ affairs David LaCerte is holding a series of town-hall meetings throughout the state.
Last night he was at the VFW Post on Veterans Drive in Alexandria. This afternoon he was in Grant and Winn Parishes.
He says [...]

Health Officer: Vaccines Required for Kids to Attend School

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Next month kids return to school. But are they ready? Preparation is not just about uniforms and supplies. Our area public health officer says parents need to think about vaccinations.

More information is always available from your child’s doctor or from the area health unit.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/15/14

Rapides After Hours Hosts Chamber of Commerce

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The Rapides After Hours Urgent Care hosts a morning coffee and breakfast for Chamber members this morning. This is an extension of Urgent Care now at 38 hundred Jackson Street Extension, across from MacArthur Village.
Members toured the facility, and Chamber Red Coats cut the ribbon to officially open this new site.
It’s open Monday through Friday [...]

State Warns of Flesh Eating Bacteria

The state is warning fishermen about dangers from flesh eating bacteria. Kari Beal of KATC in Lafayette has more about the symptoms of this infection and how you can protect yourself.

KLAX ABC 31 News 7/9/14

Forum is Held to Discuss Huey Long Hospital

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Supporters of Huey Long Hospital meet to talk about their options. The historic hospital was shuttered a week ago.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has been turning over the so-called charity hospitals to public private entities run locally by Cabrini and Rapides Regional Hospitals.
But, one of the attorneys fighting the closure says it’s not over yet.

A Baton [...]

Huey Long Hospital Closes Today

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It’s an historic or infamous day in Central Louisiana, depending on how you look at it. The Huey Long Hospital, also once known as Charity, is shuttered after 70 years of service to the uninsured and under-insured of this area.
But, legal matters are still pending. A state district judge in Baton Rouge has ruled the [...]