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Hard-Hit Louisiana Clinics Seek Flood Relief

By John Commins  
   August 24, 2016

The Louisiana Rural Health Association is asking for donations of money and healthcare supplies on behalf of rural clinics that were wiped out in this month's rain-fueled disaster.

Recovery efforts are underway for wide swaths of southern Louisiana, which last week endured epic flooding after historic rains that accumulated as much as 30 inches in two days in some areas.

At least three federally qualified rural healthcare facilities were rendered inoperable in the flooding that devastated much of southern Louisiana last week, and providers there are asking for help with the recovery.

Stacy Fontenot, executive director of the Louisiana Rural Health Association, says a crowdfunding site has been set up to raise money for RKM Primary Care, in Springfield, Total Family Care in Robert, and Malinda's Patient Care in Albany.

"In most rural communities, these providers are the only option for residents to see a primary care provider," Fontenot says. "We're encouraging everyone to consider making a donation to the #OneRural fundraising campaign to help Louisiana's rural providers and/or donating supplies." 

Louisiana Hospital Workers Struggle with Flood Recovery

Peggy Gautreaux, owner of Total Family Medical, told local media that her facility lost everything in the flood. "We walked out with a box of Band-Aids and 10 alcohol wipes," she told WLOX-TV. "You've lost your business, but where are your patients? And what do they need? And what's going to happen to them?"  

The disaster hit areas of southern Louisiana that under normal circumstances are not affected by flooding. As a result, the clinics and many other businesses and homes in the area, were not carrying flood insurance. There's no telling when they'll reopen.

John Commins is a content specialist and online news editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.

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