Tulane University to Open New Community Health Center in New Orleans East

August 14, 2008

Keith Brannon
Phone: 504-862-8789

WHO:      Various elected officials, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, vice dean for Community Affairs and Health Policy at Tulane University, Dr. Ben Sachs, senior vice president of Tulane University & Dean of the School of Medicine, Father Vien Nguyen, pastor of Mary Queen of Vietnam Church and chair of the Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation.

WHAT:     The opening of the Tulane Community Health Center New Orleans East, a primary care medical home that will provide medical services for adults, 18 and older and also accept patients regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.  

The center, which will welcome its first patients on Aug. 25, will initially be open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the anticipation of extended evening and weekend hours in the future. The center is located in a former physician’s office, a familiar space selected by community members themselves. The center will provide primary and preventive care, reproductive health and chronic disease management in a patient-centered medical home environment.

WHERE:     4626 Alcee Fortier, Suite D, New Orleans, La. 70129

WHEN:     Monday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m.

WHY:     This partnership between Tulane University and Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation is a first step in building a system of neighborhood-based primary care in New Orleans. The clinic is made possible through a gift from the Qatar Katrina Fund as part of its effort to meet the health needs of those directly affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000