Poor of Cooper Road Due Free Medical Care
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Poor of Cooper Road Due Free Medical Care Free medical attention on an out-patient basis became a reality Monday for the many impoverished residents of the Cooper Road Community. Some 17 patients — with complaints ranging from dog-bite to asthma, high blood pres-sure and other ailments — filed through the new Cooper Road Clinic from 7 to 11 p.m. Monday, its opening night. The clinic, a brain-child of Dr. Allen J. Herbert, chief resident in p e d i a t r i c s at Confederate Memorial Hospital, is staffed by a corps of volunteer nurses, doctors and other workers and will be open The doctor, a native of Ruston, said he began work to organize the clinic after he learned of the need by the many low-income families in the Cooper Road Community. He said 73 per cent of the 17,000 residents of the commu-nity have incomes below the poverty level and that many are in need of medical attention they cannot afford. He said the project which cluminated in opening of the clinic began with "nothing but a prescription pad and stetho-scope" but that by last night the facility was "pretty well equipped" with tables, instru-ments, supplies, tape, bandages and even laboratory equipment. "We can handle anything that doesn't require hospitalization," he said. Some 25 doctors and 25 nurses have volunteered their services at the clinic. Residents Help And Cooper Road residents are doing their part for the facility. Dr. Herbert said many residents of the community have volunteered to work as receptionists and in other jobs at the clinic. Students and faculty mem-bers of Southern University have volunteered to provide receptionists for the clinic for the full month of April. The Cooper Road Community Advisory Board has provided space for the clinic at the Cooper Road Community Cen-ter and smocks for the volun-teer physicians. Mr. Herbert said local phar-maceutical firms have donated drugs and supplies to the clinic and equipment has come from a variety of sources, including local medical doctors. In addition, the Shreveport Medical Society is encouraging local physicians to volunteer their services to the clinic, according to Dr. W. C. Carroll, president. Volunteers at the facility include residents and interns f r om Confederate Memorial Hospital, staff physicians from the LSU Medical School, LSU Medical School students and nursing students.
|Title||Poor of Cooper Road Due Free Medical Care|
Cooper Road Medical Clinic (Confederate Memorial Medical Center – Shreveport, La.)
Herbert, Allen J.
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|Source||Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport Medical Library (http://lib.sh.lsuhsc.edu)|
|Coverage-Spatial||Shreveport (Caddo, La.)|
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