The Morehouse Community Medical Center has been playing a pivotal part in the healthcare of Morehouse Parish for the past 10 years and have plans to not only continue this vital service but also expand it.

Katie Parnell, CEO of MCMC, spoke to the Bastrop Board of Aldermen recently about the progress.

The not-for-profit Community Health Center was established in 2002 and a federal grant was received in 2007 to help support providing care to the uninsured at one service delivery location and serve the residents of Morehouse Parish.

Since that time, the number of locations has grown to seven, which includes locations in Mer Rouge and Marion as well as dental and school-based health. School centers are in Morehouse Jr. High, Bastrop High, West Monroe High and Riser Middle School.

MCMC not only provides services that include oral health, mental health, substance abuse counseling, enabling services, specialty care/services, education and comprehensive outreach, it also provides jobs for 82 people and has an annual tax revenue of over $700,000. Staff members include general practitioner physicians, a pediatrician, dentist, licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social work and numerous family nurse practitioners as well as office staff.

The Center has served over 9,000 patients, 91 percent of which are low-income.

Recently, the center purchased the Washington Square Cinema and plans are in the works to have a new facility located there.