A new health facility has opened its doors in Bastrop to help with the requirements of special needs children.

Bastrop Pediatric Day Health Center, located at 205 Hall St., is open from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday providing physician-ordered pediatric care to patients. The center has a staff of licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists as well as registered nurses and licensed practical nurses to provide care for patients.

The Medicaid program helps caregivers and parents by providing these services to children meeting the following:

• born addicted to drugs

• burn patients

• have cardiac disease

• have congenital disorders

• have end stage disease

• have feeding disorders

• have genetic disorders

• have metabolic and endocrine disorders

• have neuromuscular disorders

• have oncological and hematological disorders

• have orthopedic conditions

• need post-op care

• have post-traumatic injury

• were born premature

• have respiratory disorders

• have been diagnosed as failure to thrive

Administrator and Director of Nursing Suzanne Smith said the facility, which has been open for three weeks, does more than just work with the children.

"We also educate the caregivers about what is going on with their child," Smith said. "our goal is to maximize the growth of each patient by working with the caregiver and the child's doctor.

"We saw a great need in the Bastrop area and felt like we could provide a service here," Smith continued. "Anything a medically fragile child needs, we can provide."

The center is the sixth one to open in Louisiana and the second to pass inspection without any deficiencies.

For more information regarding the pediatric care center, contact Smith at 281.8009.