Keeping You Informed and Healthy | May 2019

June 3, 2019

Keeping You Informed And Healthy

By Carl I. Walters II., Chief Executive Officer, Outpatient Medical Center Inc.

Re:  Support For Families In Crises

Dear Parish Families,

Part of truly being there for our community encompasses Outpatient Medical Center Inc. understanding what is going on in our community. And succinctly, we are seeing:

1. An increase in domestic assault transpiring in our families

2. An increase in domestic battery transpiring in our families

3. An increase in emotional abuse transpiring in our families

4. An increase in physical abuse transpiring in our families

5. An increase in bullying transpiring

6. An increase in family members turning to alcohol, drugs, unprotected sexual activity

7. An increase in family members suffering from low self-esteem

8. An increase in family members suffering from depression and anxiety

9. An increase in suicide ideation

10. People at increasingly younger ages without hope

At Outpatient Medical Center Inc., we want to elevate our community conversation about these things that are affecting hard-working; good-hearted people each and every day. As a community we have to work harder making it more comfortable and safer for people to talk about what is going on and to encourage our valued family members to seek professional when they find themselves struggling with the pressures of life. Let’s face it, raising a family and trying to offer our families a decent life today is getting tougher and tougher to do and sometimes we all just need a shoulder to lean on; someone to talk to who won’t judge us or our situation; who will provide us with the hope and gentle support to help us get back up on our feet.

That’s what we do at Outpatient Medical Center Inc. – listen, provide confidential supportive help designed to help our valued families stay healthy and whole. Our dedicated clinical team is here for your family and you to help you talk through and work through life’s occasional setbacks. Did you know:

• We loose on average four people per hour to suicide

• Three women per day die from domestic violence from the hands of a current or former partner

• 38,028,000 women have experienced physical violence at the hand of their partner in their lifetime

• 4,477,000 women experience physical violence at the hand of their partner every year

• A woman is beaten every 9 seconds in the United States

• Domestic violence is the 3rd leading cause of homelessness in the United States

• 10,000,000 children are exposed to domestic violence every year

• Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of female homicide and injury-related deaths during pregnancy.

So if you are struggling with life challenges, experiencing family stressors, self-esteem issues, suffer from depression and/or anxiety, are in an abusive or threatening relationship, are being subject to bullying and/or know someone who is struggling with life, I/we encourage you to call us today at:

Natchitoches Health Center 318-352-9299 Leesville Health Center  337-238-1274 Tallulah Health Center  318-574-1453

For a confidential appointment to help you take of you. Don’t have any money to pay for the visit? Not a problem. Because at Outpatient Medical Center Inc., it’s not about the money. It’s about you and doing what we can to help you take good care of you and your family. We have and will continue to be the health system for good hardworking everyday people trying to do the best they can with what they have to do it with.

Outpatient Medical Center is your community health center and on behalf of our Board of Directors and dedicated professional staff, I encourage more parish families to choose Outpatient Medical Center Inc. as your family’s primary care home. When you can receive outstanding medical care (to include Urgent Care) in a personal, professional, culturally-sensitive and cheaper fashion, doesn’t it just make good sense to do so (smile)? So pick up that phone to make an appointment with us or just walk-in and allow our gifted staff to take good care of you. Because caring for you is what we do at Outpatient Medical Center Inc. Be well; be informed; be in touch and – be healthy.