CareSouth’s new Pediatrics and WIC Clinic in Baton Rouge is now open

BATON ROUGE (Nov. 9, 2020) — CareSouth Medical and Dental’s new Rose V. Forrest/ CareSouth Pediatrics and WIC Clinic is now open for business. The clinic opened its doors today, Monday, Nov. 9. It is located at 3324 Florida St., in Baton Rouge.

The 5,000-square foot facility will feature four exam rooms, five WIC offices, a WIC lab, a lactation station, and an education room.

Pediatrics will provide child wellness exams, immunizations, school physicals, adolescent care, same-day sick visits and other specialized care for babies, children and adolescents ages 0 to 18 years old. It will accept Medicaid, Medicare and most private insurance. The clinic will also offer a sliding-fee discount, based on income and family size, for patients who do not have health insurance.

WIC or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children provides healthy food for women and infants and children up to five years old. The program provides a nutritional food package inclusive of eggs, juice, cheese, fruit and vegetables, beans, and infant formula among other products. The program also offers breastfeeding support, nutrition education and referrals to other social services. WIC services will start at a later date. WIC customers are currently being served curb-side at our administration building, 3111 Florida St. and the MLK Clinic at 4142 Gus Young Ave.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (225) 650-2002.

The clinic is named in honor of Rose V. Forrest who was the former CEO of Capitol City Family Health Center, the predecessor to CareSouth. She was a founding board member for the creation of Capitol City which opened in 1997. Forrest’s grant writing skills afforded the opportunity for Capitol City to expand its services into Donaldsonville and Plaquemine. Forrest worked at Capitol City for 23 years serving in various capacities.
Prior to coming to Capitol City, Forrest served as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). She worked at DHH for 30 years in various capacities before retiring.