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SouthStar Urgent Care Brings Nurse Back to Southwest Louisiana
9/1/2020 1:00:00 PM

South Star Urgent Care


Sometimes a career path is filled with twists and turns that take you far from where you started. Other times, that path takes you full circle after preparing you for a position that fits you perfectly.


This is the case for Lindsey Fontenot, BSN, RNBC, Senior Director of Clinical Operations for SouthStar Urgent Care, opening this month in Lake Charles. 


SouthStar Urgent Care is the signature brand of Hulin Health, which was founded in 2011. SouthStar has grown to become the largest Louisiana-based urgent care network, with 22 locations across the state. The Lake Charles clinic is the first SouthStar to open in Southwest Louisiana.


Fontenot was born in DeRidder, raised in Metairie, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, then spent the first 10 years of her nursing career at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital in Lake Charles. While at CHRISTUS St. Patrick, she gained extensive experience, working first as a staff/charge nurse and nurse manager of two different specialty units. She joined Southstar in 2018. "What really appealed to me about SouthStar was the mission and culture. The golden rule is the foundation of everything we do, and it is much more than just something written on our walls. It guides every decision and is part of every patient experience.” 


Nationally recognized for their award-winning customer service, SouthStar Urgent Care has built a reputation across the state for their focus on the patient experience. "You just get a different feeling when you walk into SouthStar,” says Fontenot.  She says that customer service-oriented healthcare begins the moment you enter, from the warmly decorated, comfortable waiting area with refreshments available to the personal service provided by all team members.


Fontenot’s role gives her the opportunity to travel across the state, training and working with SouthStar’s clinical teams in each location. "I was very excited when I heard our next opening would be in Lake Charles, the place I called home for the first 10 years of my career. I have so many great memories and friends in this area and am excited to bring our level of urgent care to the Southwest Louisiana community.” 


Fontenot says that urgent care is to provide an alternative to an emergency room visit when someone needs care for minor injuries and illnesses, and to offer convenient access to routine healthcare services.  SouthStar’s services range from treating allergies to onsite X-rays, flu symptoms to stitches, or simply a general sports physical for school. All ages can be seen. Occupational medicine services and rapid response COVID testing are also available.


SouthStar Urgent Care in Lake Charles is located at 3829 Ryan Street, next to Southern Spice. No appointment is necessary and all ages can be seen. Business hours are Monday – Friday, 8 am – 8 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am – 5 pm.  For more information, visit GOSouthStar.com or call 337-399-0001.

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