The multi-million-dollar investment will enhance overall patient outcomes in southeast Louisiana
Access to high-quality and cost-effective primary care is vital to good health, yet some communities face barriers to accessing care. According to the America’s Health Rankings, the state trails much of the nation in health outcomes. In Jefferson Parish, LA, adult smoking, obesity, and sexually transmitted infections are higher than the national average.
InclusivCare, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving Jefferson Parish, is seeking to change that story by increasing access to and improving the delivery of primary care to the medically under-served and all residents in the area.
With $10M of debt and New Markets Tax Credits from the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC), the FQHC recently completed a new construction project, building a new 13,000-square-foot clinic in Marrero, Louisiana. The clinic offers patients an array of primary care services: obstetrics and gynecological care, podiatry, dental, behavioral health, gastroenterology, and an in-house pharmacy. Hancock Whitney, InclusivCare’s local bank, also provided financing to the project.
“Investing in whole-person, high-quality care is at the forefront of what we do,” said William O’Brien, Managing Director of Capital Investment at PCDC. “Financing this project is the result of a years’ long relationship with InclusivCare. Partnering with them will allow the residents of Jefferson Parish easier access to best-in-class, comprehensive primary care and improve their quality of life.”
This project is designed to meet the parish’s growing need for high-quality care. In phase two of their PCDC partnership, InclusivCare will embark on a new construction project for a 5,000-square-foot, on-site childcare center to ensure team members working at the clinic have safe care for their kids, eliminating a key barrier to retaining staff.
“We’re grateful to work with PCDC,” said Dr. Shondra Williams, President and CEO of InclusivCare [pictured]. “Thanks to this expansion, not only can we expand access to care for the community, we’re also able to address the need for accessible childcare for providers and staff at this organization and for the local community.”