WALKER – North Oaks Health System reopened its clinic on Walker South Road last week, but the move also expands the medical services the health system can offer.

A ribbon-cutting on Friday, Feb. 24, reopened the clinic at Suite 1 28799 Walker South Road, as a primary care facility.

Previously the clinic offered obstetrics and gynecology services, but those doctors and staff have relocated to the North Oaks-Livingston Parish Medical Complex, 17199 Spring Branch Road, Livingston.

The reopened clinic will specialize in comprehensive health care for adults 18 and older. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“It’s great to be in Walker and Livingston Parish,” said Regina Scott, North Oaks assistant vice president of ancillary/ambulatory informatics, in welcoming the audience.

“It’s a pleasure to introduce Dr. (Joseph) Heneghan to Walker and the area as the primary care physician,” she said.

“It’s wonderful. It’s great to reopen and serve this area in the business center of Walker,” Heneghan said.

Heneghan, trained in internal medicine, has experience in treating patients with thyroid issues, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other medical conditions.

He earned his medical degree from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, Society of General Internal Medicine and American Medical Association.

 “Collaboration between you and your primary care provider is key when it comes to your heath,” Heneghan said. “The passion I have for my patients’ health motivates me every day to help them achieve their goals and improve their overall well-being.”

Heneghan said his staff includes medical assistants Janessa Ivy and Stacy Sibley and office manager Rhonda Cardaronella.

 After the ribbon-cutting, Heneghan gave a tour of the clinic, which features a triage room, for an initial exam and to collect a patient’s history, his office – “They are still working it” – a kitchen area, nurses station, EKG system and three examining rooms.  

“In my career, I haven’t seen larger or more comfortable examination rooms,” Heneghan said.

The size of the room makes it easy to have family members with a patient, he added.

The closeness of the computer to chair or examining table makes it easier for a doctor to talk to a patient, Heneghan said

The computer system also is tied into the North Oaks system so the clinic can pull up the records from other departments, he said.

Guests at the ribbon-cutting included Michele Sutton, president/CEO of the North Oaks Health System; Chad Bacas, Livingston Chamber of Commerce chairman of the board; David Bennett, president-CEO of the Livingston Economic Development Council; Kanna Page, North Oaks Physician Group regional director of primary care clinics; Percival Kane, North Oaks chief ancillary officer; and Joe Shumate, Denham Springs city marshal.

When the August floodwaters hit Walker, the clinic got more than three week, Scott said.

“Everything was gone,” from medicine and medical equipment to the furniture, she said.

“It was like starting a clinic from scratch,” she added. “To be able to help continue to provide (medical) services is exciting.”

The reopening of the clinic “is a tangible sign of recovery of the area,” Scott said. “We’re glad to bring health care to the area.”

This latest reopening expands North Oaks’ health services in the Walker area, Scott said, to a walk-in clinic, across the road from the primary care facility at Suite L 28050 Walker South Road and its medical complex at the next Interstate 12 exit at Satsuma.

For appointments at the Primary Care Clinic or information about accepted insurance plans, call toll free (844) 277-8669.

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