With a grand ribbon cutting ceremony and reception earlier this month, Hancock Women’s Center begins a new chapter in its 20-plus year history serving the community.
- by Lisa Monti
“As soon as patients walk through the door, they feel a sense of peace and of being pampered,” said Fran LaFrance, business manager. “We want to provide a peaceful experience when coming to our clinic. We want the women of Hancock County to have a place that they feel accepted, comfortable and that they are receiving excellent health care.”
Feedback from patients about the renovation has been positive, with some noting a spa-like atmosphere in the lobby. “That’s the feeling we are trying to achieve in the shared waiting room,” LaFrance said. The lobby area is shared with patients who come to VSPA for its updated specialized aesthetic services.
The NST/IV room has been added to assist in the comfort of patients who need to be monitored for non-stressed testing on their babies, monitoring of blood pressure or other monitoring needs without sending patients to the hospital for these services.
The same area is available to treat migraines or sinus infections with an IV. IV therapy also is available for hangover relief, athletic performance recovery, immune system support, cold and flu relief and pregnancy system alleviation.
Dr. Duplantier is a Board-certified OB/GYN physician who worked for the past 22 years alongside Dr. Dimitri Yanez, who retired recently after more than 30 years in practice. She graduated from LSU School of Medicine and performed her residency at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans.
“I love getting to know my patients, through education and discussion,” she said. “Together we can come up with the best solution to meet your healthcare needs.”
Hancock Women’s Clinic patients are served by Memorial Hospital’s OB/GYN department, which provides all of the care they have come to rely on over the years, LaFrance said. “We are here for the community, as we always have been, serving their medical needs.” she said.
While the clinic is well known for its comprehensive services, many people may not be aware that the facility is also a family health clinic, serving men and adolescents as well as women patients. Family health services include flu vaccines, school and work physicals, sick visits and chronic disease management.
“Our goal is to assure women that HWC is here for all of their OB/GYN and family health needs and to be there with parents as their children transition from pediatric care to young adult care and for general family health care,” LaFrance said.
In addition to gynecology and obstetrics, HWC offers in-house lab work and ultrasounds. Office procedures include biofeedback and colposcopy.
Hancock Women’s Clinic support of the community has included hosting after-hours sessions with the Bay Police Department talking with parents about drugs and social media dangers. Providers make themselves available on Facebook several times a year so patients can ask questions on topics such as breast, uterine and cervical cancer and baby lactation.
Dr. Duplantier’s all-woman staff at Hancock Women’s Center is experienced and trained for a wide range of services.
Hancock Women’s Center
1009 Benigno Lane
Bay St Louis, MS 39520
Phone: (228) 467-2555
Fax: (228) 467-5480
Aesthetic Services: (504)312-3800
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