Beginning June 6th 2019, U.S. Veterans no longer have to wait to get care for minor medical conditions. Under the new Veterans Affairs Department’s Mission Act, Lake After Hours and Lake Urgent Care clinics will now be able to treat veterans on a walk-in basis. No appointment is ever necessary.
Minor medical conditions include (but are not limited to): flu-like symptoms, strep throat, minor burns, pink eye, ear/skin infections, x-rays, lab testing and medications.
Lake After Hours and Lake Urgent Care Medical Director, Dr. Kevin DiBenedetto says, “It’s an honor to serve those who’ve bravely served this country.” He goes on to say, “I look forward to being able to offer vets quick, easy, and convenient access to quality medical care.”
Veterans can now arrive at any Lake After Hours or Lake Urgent Care location and simply let the clinic know they would like to use their VA Urgent Care benefits. The clinic will then confirm Veteran eligibility before providing care. Before the new law took effect, the VA would pay for private care only when veterans had to drive more than 40 miles or wait more than 30 days for a VA appointment.
All Lake After Hours and Lake Urgent Care clinics operate Monday-Sunday. Lake After Hours and Lake Urgent Care centers are modern, state-of-the art facilities providing walk-in care for minor illnesses and injuries seven days a week, including holidays. Licensed providers are available to perform procedures like splinting and suturing, in addition to being equipped with digital x-ray, laboratory services and an electronic medical records (EMR) system.
With thirteen convenient locations in Baton Rouge, Walker, Denham Springs, Gonzales, Prairieville, Central, Brusly, Zachary, and St. Amant, Lake After Hours and Lake Urgent Care operates seamless extensions of the Our Lady of the Lake Health System, which is backed by the outstanding resources and reputation of Our Lady of the Lake.
Lake After Hours and Lake Urgent Care clinics are accredited by the national Urgent Care Association, certifying its clinics deliver the highest level of care available in an on-demand care setting. Lake After Hours and Lake Urgent Care is not intended for major emergencies. If you are experiencing a life-threatening situation, dial 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.