Building a strong community requires a strong commitment to quality health care. That’s why CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital works closely with many partners to ensure the community needs are identified and prioritized.
Within our nine-parish area, 20 percent of the residents live at or below the poverty level. Most of these households have children deeply affected by the reality of their situation. As a result, we’ve developed unique programs to specifically address the needs of these children.
Designated as a Children’s Miracle Network hospital, we have raised more than $12 million to aid in medical care and services to Central Louisianas children. These funds provide health care services for critically ill and premature babies who begin life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; specialized equipment for children’s services; and support the Pediatric Therapy Center - the largest provider in Central Louisiana which treats children with developmental challenges.
Outside the hospital walls, CHRISTUS Cabrini supports 17 School-Based Health Centers, which serve more than 10,000 students. The hospital provides primary, preventative health care (including dental and mental health services) in schools throughout five parishes.
In 2013, the hospital collaborated with Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and Rapides Regional Medical Center to address the closing of Huey P. Long Medical Center (HPL) in Pineville, Louisiana. Both hospitals joined together to close the gap in health care for those that were underinsured and uninsured. CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital opened the Incarnate Word Community Clinic (IWCC) to serve those patients who previously sought care at HPL. IWCC includes an urgent care clinic, primary care clinic (family practice, pediatrics) and specialty care clinics (cardiology, orthopedics, gynecology, oncology, neurology and general surgery). A Coumadin clinic, diabetes education and pharmacy are also offered at IWCC.
But our efforts are not limited to medical contributions. As one of the largest employers in Central Louisiana, we contribute to the local economy by employing approximately 1,500 associates with more than 325 physicians on our medical staff. Investing in local people and local businesses challenges us to be on the forefront of health care so residents can receive treatment locally - keeping local dollars at home.
Furthermore, it is our commitment to access quality, cost-effective products provided by local businesses owned by women, minorities and those physically challenged. For more than a decade, we have exceeded our annual goal ($8,000,000) in awarding local contracts to these groups.
This commitment to diversity transcends our faith-based approach as well. In 2009, a group of local ministers of various faiths, the Ministers of Economic Development of Central Louisiana (MOED), volunteered their availability in the emergency room to comfort patients who may not have a pastor. Today, MOED ministers average more than 900 patient visits every week.
Stewardship is a critical component of our business. Our Associates are giving individuals by nature. Weekly we donate the surplus of food from our kitchen to Manna House. They volunteer their time to give flu shots and heart risk assessments whenever available. The hospital hosts health fairs free of charge several times a year for those in need as well as a variety of educational classes and support groups.
In addition to monetary support, Cabrini Associates can be found participating in a variety of non-profit organizational events including Hope House, the American Cancer Society, the Sickle Cell Anemia Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition, Friendship House, the United Way, the National Kidney Foundation, the YWCA, the Volunteers of America, the American Heart Association and the March of Dimes.