Our Lady of the Lake said it will close its downtown urgent care clinic in the next 30 days.
“We see a small number of patients per day — on average about six to eight — at the downtown location as patients often seek walk-in care closer to their homes at one of the many locations across the city,” said Kelly Zimmerman, a spokeswoman for OLOL.
OLOL remains supportive of downtown and will look for other patient care models that may be better suited, such as “virtual visits online,” Zimmerman said.
The urgent care clinic at 307 Third St. opened in 2010 and provided walk-in care for minor injuries and illnesses.
Davis Rhorer, executive director of the Downtown Development District, said he’s sorry to see the urgent care clinic go, especially since the number of people living and working downtown continues to increase. “It was a nice complement,” he said.
More than 3,300 people now live in downtown Baton Rouge and there are more than 26,000 people that work in the area.
“We’re going to work and see if we can get something in the future that is bigger and better,” Rhorer said, noting that other downtown businesses, such as the Prescriptions to Geaux pharmacy and the Matherne’s Market, are thriving.
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