Pediatric clinic shuttered a year ago reopens Monday

State budget cuts closed facilty in ’12

A pediatric clinic shuttered in June 2012 because of state budget cuts at the former University Medical Center will reopen Monday.

Lafayette General Health took over operations of the public hospital in May and renamed it University Hospital & Clinics. As part of the management takeover, some services previously cut because of state budget cuts were restored immediately while others are being phased back in.

The pediatric clinic is located within the hospital’s family medicine building.

For the past 18 months, its offices and exam rooms have been locked, said Daryl Cetnar, Lafayette General community relations director.

Drs. Richard Howes and Cecilia Nervez are returning as clinic staff.

The clinic has the resources of a full-service hospital at its disposal, including access to imaging, lab, audiology services and speech therapy, Cetnar said.

“As part of the affiliation with Lafayette General Health, if the child is very sick and needs to be admitted, they would be admitted directly to Lafayette General,” Cetnar said.

Howes is board certified in developmental-behavioral pediatrics, and both physicians will also provide treatment for developmental and behavioral disorders.

Cetnar said UHC is the only hospital in Acadiana with wireless auditory brainstem response technology, which eliminates the need to use anesthesia on infants and young children.

Cetnar said current or new patients of Howes and Nervez should call the UHC Pediatrics Clinic at (337) 261-6565 to make an appointment.