Marking another milestone in St. Charles Parish Hospital’s expansion of services throughout the region, a large group gathered in Destrehan Thursday morning to celebrate the grand opening of the hospital’s new Therapy and Wellness Center.
The center, located at 105 Plantation Road, will offer physical and occupational therapy services, including many of the hospital’s neurological patients, those with heart disease and others in need of knee or hip replacements and pain management guidance. At the center, patients can receive treatment for balance disorders, chronic pain, hand injuries, neck and back pain, Parkinson’s disease, sports-related injuries, stroke, vertigo, neurological conditions and diseases and Post-Op care.
It opened after the completion of a nine month renovation project, and features brand new exercise equipment and diagnostic tools along with five private treatment rooms.
“We’re glad to open here on this side of the river,” said Jimmy Miller, the hospital’s Director of Rehab Services. “It’s convenient for our patients here, be it close to work or close to home for them. All of the equipment is state of the art and our therapists here are trained in the latest techniques.”
Terrell Neal, interim CEO of St. Charles Parish Hospital and its COO and Chief Nursing Officer, said the need for a Destrehan location was two-fold. Speaking to the crowd at Thursday’s ceremony, he said the hospital has increased the volume of therapy and wellness care provided to the community by 25 to 30 percent year over year, so there was a need for more space.
Having that space on the East Bank of the parish stems from a disparity hospital facilities team members found between patients served between the East and West banks, with between 75 to 80 percent of therapy and wellness patients served living on the West Bank.
“We saw we needed to expand our services on the East Bank. We brought the plan to the board and they were in support of that,” Neal said.
Robyn Tregre, center supervisor, said the additional space is already paying dividends.
“We have several pieces of equipment which are different than what we have at the hospital … here, there’s more space and more equipment,” Tregre said. “The five private treatment rooms is huge for us … we can do dry needling, cupping, soft tissue … We’re having patients telling us ‘I’m able to walk here, to ride my bike.’ It’s great.”
The new location connects patients to the entire Ochsner Health System network of facilities and physicians through Epic – Ochsner’s integrated electronic health record system, which enables Ochsner physicians to securely share patient information and coordinate care more efficiently.
Ochsner spokeswoman Erica Burns said patients at the location will receive a comprehensive assessment, a customized treatment plan and personal attention, en route to restoring patients to their highest possible level of function.
The center is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. One may schedule an appointment by calling (985) 202-5184.