POSTED: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 5:34pm
PLAQUEMINE, LA (NBC33) - — ivan Cabrera own's Maggio's restaurant right across the street from where a new medical facility will soon be built. Right now, when he or his 81 year old mother need medical care they have to drive across the bridge to Baton Rouge to get the help they need.
"It's just a time-consuming thing and when you got somebody 81-82 years old, it could cost a life," says Cabrera.
The new medical facility is scheduled to open in 2013 and it'll be the first in Iberville Parish since 2008, when Hurrican Gustav destroyed its last one. And Plaquemine's mayor knows it's a facility that can and will save lives.
"It's very critical, depending on the time of day, if you get caught in traffic. We will have people die if they can't get to a hospital in Baton Rouge 'cause we have nowhere to service them here in Plaquemine," says Plaquemine Mayor Mark Gulotta.
The 35,000 square foot medical center is going to be located near LA-1 and Senator Gay Boulevard. It'll provide emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week and Cabrera knows the sooner the facility is up and running the better.
"Even though our ambulance service is very good and they do a good job and everything, by the time they get here, by the time they get them across the river it could be a little too late...The longer you have someone in the ambulance, the better chance you have of them having some sort of serious problem, says Cabrera.