UMC unveils new primary care facility in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - University Medical Center in New Orleans unveiled a brand new primary care facility Thursday morning.

Health officials said the new center will fill a medical hole in the community. More than 30 rooms will soon be open to patients. UMC said improving access to primary care is one of their major priorities.

The new primary care center is a major milestone for them.

Data showed that Orleans Parish is one of several parishes in the state designated as a health professional shortage area, meaning there is a lack of physical, dental and mental health services compared to the population.

They hope the new 14,000 square foot facility will attract patients for checkups rather than first seeing them in the emergency room

"The primary care physician would be at the center of the medical home. And so, they know your history. One of the first things you do when you visit a hospital is they take your history and physical," said UMC CEO and President Bill Masterson. "So having a primary care physician that knows your history is that much better informed to help you with their medical decision making and treatment for the patient."

The new primary care center is scheduled to open its doors to new patients next week.

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