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New Health Center Targets Caribbean Community

Dr. Lesly Kernisant, the executive director of the LaSante Heath Center, has been practicing medicine for 35 years. (Photo by Paula Katinas via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Ahead of the planned May opening of the LaSante Health Center, executive director Dr. Lesly Kernisant gave Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s Paula Katinas a tour of the state-of-art facility which aims to serve the predominantly Caribbean community of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and central Brooklyn. Dr. Kernisant, himself a native of Haiti, adds that “Anyone can come here. We are universal.”

The purpose of the center is to “serve communities that are underserved,” he said. “We wanted to put this center in a community where there is a need.”

The LaSante Health Center offers a holistic approach to medical services. Patients will be able to find everything under one roof, including internal medicine, pediatrics, ob-gyn, optometry, mental health and dental. “A dentist is a primary care person,” Kernisant said.

The LaSante Health Center has 32 exam rooms.

One of the goals at LaSante Health Center is to ensure that patients don’t have to wait long to see a doctor. “We have to be conscious of the patient’s time,” Kernisant said.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle notes that signs in LaSante are in English and Haitian-Creole.

For more on the facility, and Dr. Kernisant and LaSante pediatrician Dr. Anise Joseph, read the full story.

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