Former UMC patients come back with clinics - KLFY News 10

Former UMC patients come back with clinics


"We brought back all those services." said Jared Stark President and CEO of UHC.

University Medical Center's Orthopedic Clinic, Pediatric Clinic and Inpatient Medical Detox unit fell the by the wayside following state budget cuts but, got a second breath of life when the Lafayette-based facility became University Hospital and Clinics, last year.

"Those were the major services that I think probably impacted patients the most." said Stark.

The proof is in the numbers. According to UHC, the orthopedic clinic re-opened last June and has seen an average of seven hundred appointments scheduled per month.

The pediatric clinic with over one thousand appointments since re-opening last December. And the detox unit with forty patients since re-opening last month.

"We were able to bring it back through a variety of different ways some of our partnerships that we had with Lafayette General Health. We were able to utilize some of the physicians over there for the faculty training program on the pediatric's piece and the orthopedics were still seeing a lot of those patients come through the emergency department and the emergency department is the most expensive way to provide care and so to bring those patients through those clinics is actually more efficient way to provide care." said Stark.

Closing of the University Medical Center Pediatric Clinic in May 2012 was a sensitive subject for many families in the Lafayette area many of whom made petitions and took to the streets to protest outside of the hospital but UHC says many of those families have come back."

"He was unable to really communicate well with us with his words and we didn't really understand what he was saying a lot of times." said Linda Reddoch.

Lafayette resident Linda Reddoch, has a seven-year-old son Nathan who suffers from sensory processing disorder, an array of lights and sounds will launch Nathan into a fit without warning. He was a patient at the pediatric clinic before it closed.

"UMC had a very good thing going with their occupational therapy and their speech therapy and my son just learned so much and just gleaned so much." said Reddoch.

Reddoch was outspoken when the clinic shut down, but pediatric medical services have returned, and she's optimistic therapy programs will follow. The clinic's doctor Richard Howes.

"We are hoping with time we can justify re-establishing the rehabilitation services here." said Howes.

Doctor Howes says his hope is re-opening them within a year. He hopes to hire two new pediatricians by this summer and move beyond their 5-thousand square foot clinic.

"We had space before it will take some doing to re-establish all that." said Howes.

And that sits just fine with Reddoch.

"There's only a few places that offer this in Lafayette and this one was the best one, so." said Reddoch.

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