Health Clinic Operator Announced for Washington and Broad
13 June 2014
NOLA.com reports on the announcement of an operator for a health clinic at the intersection of Washington and Broad. The announcement marks the final piece of the multi-building renovation project, which Woodward completed in 2013.
Health Clinic Announcement Marks a Milestone for New Orleans Intersection
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
13 June 2014
Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The announcement of an operator for a health clinic in a rehabilitated building at the intersection of Broad Street and Washington Avenue in New Orleans, which represents the final piece in a multiyear effort to spur a revival of the corridor, has finally materialized. In a celebration on Thursday, Access Health Louisiana emerged as the group planning to start the clinic there by the fall.
Mark Keiser, chief executive officer of the non-profit community health center network based in Kenner, said the building renovated by the environmentally minded real estate developer Green Coast Enterprises offers an attractive facility for his group in a neighborhood in need of health services. He said Access Health operates 21 locations in seven parishes.
Alarming statistics about poor health care access and poor health outcomes for residents of central parts of New Orleans motivated Green Coast to launch a campaign rehabbing buildings around the intersection, with a health clinic as integral to the plan, said Will Bradshaw, president of the real estate firm. Keiser said neighborhood revivals often start with churches, schools and health facilities.
The clinic will open with one physician and about six supporting staff members, Keiser said. The physician will operate as a primary care doctor who builds ongoing relationships with patients, Keiser said. Once the initial team is self-sustaining financially, he said, the clinic could add more doctors.
Keiser said clinics run by his group accept low-income and uninsured patients and also those more economically successful and with insurance. The chain of clinics seeks to relieve doctors from having to grapple with figuring out how to pay for the services they provide by leaving it to administrators to find funding sources, he said.
“They should deliver their service regardless of how it’s paid for,” he said.
For Bradshaw of Green Coast, the arrival of Access Health marks the completion of a campaign launched in 2007 with his firm and neighborhood leaders to strategically revamp four buildings around Washington and Broad. The other properties are the building on Washington that newly houses the Propeller incubator for socially minded entrepreneurs and two buildings fronting Broad that now hold dining and retail businesses and offices.
Bradshaw said the goal is for the cluster of revamped properties to serve as a core from which the area continues to improve.