Oct 15, 2013 11:20 AM by MELISSA CANONE

Health clinic names Judith Perez as director of clinical services

The Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic is pleased to announce and welcome Judith Perez, RN, as the returning Director of Clinical Services. Perez will oversee all of the Clinic's free services for the working uninsured of Lafayette Parish.

Perez's 38-year-long nursing career in addition to her previous experience at LCHCC is an asset to the Clinic and its patients. Perez earned her nursing degree from the Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans after working as an LPN, and has worked with patients in psychiatry, endoscopy and surgery. She began volunteering at the Clinic in 2003 providing diabetic education, and then joined the staff in 2004 as the then-director of clinical services while still acting as a Clinic nurse. She took a two-year hiatus in 2011 and resumed her previous position in August.

"I've always enjoyed the challenge of finding the right approach to treating patients," says Perez, "and teaching patients to be a participant in their health care. Everything I have done in my nursing career has prepared me for this job, yet I am still surprised and I still learn something every day. I love coming here and knowing I have participated in improving the health of my
community members."

"The Board is thrilled that Judith Perez, RN, has returned to her former role as Director of Clinical Services," says Karen Hardy, chairwoman of the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic Board of Directors. "The Clinic has already been re-energized under Judith's leadership
and clinical expertise."

Perez is serving her second year as President of the Board of Directors at Faith House, has served on the Board of Directors for Food Net and has been a member of the Lafayette Commission for the Needs of Women. Since opening its doors in 1993, LCHCC has provided and coordinated services at a value of more than $9.5 million at no cost to its patients. LCHCC offers medical clinics every Tuesday and Thursday evening, while dental clinics are held every Thursday evening, along with daily dental hygiene provided by the students enrolled in the LSU Dental Hygiene School. Specialtyclinics include avoidable blindness eye care, gynecology, and cancer screenings. LCHCC is also home to the Community Pharmacy program, a collaborative effort of 15 local agencies that provides medications to eligible, low-income residents of the Acadiana area. LCHCC will celebrate its volunteers at the upcoming 16th annual Silver Bell Soirée, which is the Clinic's signature fundraising event.




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