Resident opens health clinic in eastern New Orleans
When his 17-month-old daughter fell ill to a severe ear infection one night two months ago, eastern New Orleans resident Gregory Davis faced two unappealing choices: drive her to a hospital downtown or one in Slidell, both far away.
Davis took her downtown and decided he never wanted another eastern New Orleans resident to go through the same thing. So he built a 1,600-square-foot primary health care clinic from scratch at 9890 Lake Forest Blvd. It opens Tuesday.
After his daughter's ailment, Davis gathered $250,000 of the money he has earned from boxing purses to independently acquire and renovate the building, a former laboratory testing facility. He then sought staff medical providers through ads and e-mail and convinced them to move their individual practices to the Champion Medical Center, for Davis' boxing name "True Champ."
"You won't be another Medicaid or insurance card here," Davis said Saturday, minutes before a ribbon-cutting ceremony. "We will care about you here. You won't be made to feel in the way."
Pointing at Methodist's building from outside his clinic on Saturday, Davis said: "There wasn't time to wait for all that. We needed something now."
Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital has been closed since Hurricane Katrina.