January 14, 2016
Planning is under way to construct a new, permanent home for the Pineville campus of the HP Long Clinics.
The HP Long Clinics are operated by Rapides Regional Medical Center as part of RRMC’s commitment to help provide services that were previously offered at the state-run Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville. The Huey P. Long Medical Center was closed by the state in 2014 as Louisiana transitioned from a state-run charity hospital system to a health system run by private entities. The HP Long Clinics are for patients without insurance or on Medicaid.
In December, the site for the new H.P. Long campus was prepared with the demolition of Cleco’s old general offices located at the corner of Main Street and Hospital Boulevard. The temporary Pineville campus of HP Long is located just north of the new site off Hospital Boulevard.
Construction is expected to begin in the first half of 2016 on a $7.5 million, 18,638 square-foot building that will house the following H.P. Long entities:
- HP Long Urgent Care Clinic
- HP Long Medicine Clinic
- HP Long Specialty Clinics for Orthopedics, General Surgery, Cardiology and Pulmonary
- HP Long Pharmacy Services
- HP Long Patient Advocate
- HP Long Administrative Offices.
The temporary Pineville campus will continue in operation until the new facility opens.
The HP Long Urgent Care Clinic is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., as is its sister location on Upper Third Street in Alexandria. Both treat minor injuries and illnesses such as: ear or eye infection; fever; minor cuts that may need stitches; possible broken bones or simple fractures; severe sore throat; sprains and strains; and vomiting/diarrhea. The Urgent Care Clinics are not emergency facilities. In an emergency, always seek medical care immediately and go directly to the nearest emergency facility or call 911.
The HP Long Medicine Clinic is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and offers a more traditional care setting and follow-up appointments. Although an appointment is necessary, most patients can be seen within 24 to 36 hours.
HP Long Pharmacy Services provides medication access through the Cenla Medication Access Program (CMAP). Traditional CMAP prescription programs are available in addition to a pharmacy card program that was developed specifically for HP Long clinic patients. If you are eligible, you can expect to pay no more than $4 for most medications. The pharmacy card is accepted at all major pharmacies in Alexandria and surrounding areas. Pharmacy Services is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome.
The phone number for all clinics is (318) 769-LONG (5664), or 1-855-308-LONG (5664).