Hurricanes Laura and Delta did a job on Louisiana. Thousands of SWLA homes and businesses have either been destroyed or are heavily damaged. Since being hit with back-to-back storms in August and October, the disaster recovery continues to be an everyday struggle for the entire area. Regardless of hurricane damage, the pandemic is still a threat to SWLA residents. So, it's important that the city's healthcare facilities and hospitals run as close to full operations as possible.

SWLA Center for Health Services is one of the many businesses working to maintain operations for the community it serves. The Lake Charles center on Opelousas Street treats more than 100,000 patients a year.

For 41 years, the medical facility has offered everything from dental and lab work to OB-GYN services, a fitness gym, classes, and much more. However, the thirty thousand square foot building sustained major hurricane damage and work is being feverishly done to make repairs so the facility can open to full capacity as soon as possible. Construction is underway as explained by Director of Community Affairs Dianna Ross, but the cost is great. Ross said financial support is needed to help with funding to rebuild.

For more info on how to donate or help SWLA Center for Health Services with their rebuild project, go to swlahealth.org. In the meantime, CEO JayVon Muhammad told KPLC 7 the center continues to provide services to the community. Muhammad said they've had to get creative in order to work around construction, but wants the public to know they are open.

Patients can still make appointments to see their health providers, get behavior health services, and dental appointments. In addition, eight temporary exam rooms are being added to expand health services. For more info on how to schedule your next appointment click, here.

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