About Us

About Us

SCHS is a Federally Qualified Health Center

We are federally and state-funded to provide primary and preventative care in seven rural-based communities in Southeast Louisiana. The twenty-one service sites are conveniently located in East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Tangipahoa, and St. Helena Parishes.  As a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, Southeast Community Health Systems offers medical, dental, and behavioral health services, which include mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, obstetrics and gynecology, and podiatry services.  Through health education, Southeast Community Health Systems work to empower patients to guide their own health care by working collaboratively with our providers. Southeast Community Health Systems is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Our Mission

The mission of Southeast Community Health Systems is to provide quality, affordable healthcare to all patients in underserved areas, and to improve the health and wellness of the communities we serve.

Our Vision

We envision being a leader of excellence in a community health system that provides quality, affordable healthcare to underserved areas and provide resources necessary for patients to take charge of their healthcare needs.

Our Story

The need to provide better health care to residents in St. Helena Parish was the brainchild of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Betty Lee. St. Helena Rural Health Clinic was formed from this need. Through cooperative efforts with St. Helena Parish Hospital, the first sponsor, the rural health clinic opened in 1992, in a temporary building located on Sitman Street. On January 16, 2004, the ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the new facility. Services moved from being available in a trailer to the beautiful facility currently located at 490 Sitman Street, Greensburg, LA.

As the organization began to grow and provide health care services in other parishes, its name was changed to Southeast Community Health Systems (SCHS). SCHS, a Federally Qualified Health Center, receives grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Primary Health Care, under the Health Center Program, as authorized by Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. What began as St. Helena Rural Health Clinic in 1992 with one location now provides services in four parishes (East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa) with 7 service locations, 20 school-based sites, and a mobile medical unit.

Southeast has had much growth since 1992


Opened in Greensburg


Expanded to Kentwood


Expanded to Albany (that has been relocated to 30575 Old Baton Rouge Highway, Hammond)


Expanded to Zachary


Expanded to Independence


Expanded to include 11 School-Based Health Centers offering Behavioral Health in Livingston, St. Helena, and St. Helena Parishes


Opened an in-house pharmacy at Albany Clinic


Expanded services to include Podiatry


Expanded to Baton Rouge – opened Women’s Healthcare Clinic


Operated Mobile Wellness Clinic


Expanded services to include substance use disorder


Opened Retail Pharmacy in Kentwood


Operated 2nd Mobile Wellness Clinic

Inaugural Board Members

Our first governing board members:

Mrs. Betty Addison

Mrs. Georgette Christiana

Mrs. Madeline Hall

Mrs. Elsie Johnson

Mr. Joseph Lombardo

Mrs. Lois Miller

Mr. Charlie Overton

Initial Physicians

A few of the initial physicians affiliated with the clinic:

Dr. Cheryl Ballard

Dr. Robert Cleveland

Dr. Ditwana

Dr. Carlton Faller

Dr. Jiveshwar Kumar

Dr. Bargura Ravi

Dr. L. E. Stringer

Dr. J. H. Varnado

Past Administrative Leadership

Dr. Alecia Cyprian is the current CEO and at her helm, the organization became the first Gold Advocacy Center of Excellence in Louisiana. SCHS continues to not only provide quality and affordable healthcare but also supports the local economy by providing a great workplace.

Mrs. Linda Beauvis

Mrs. Yakims Black

Mr. Jacob Johnson

Mrs. Gail Hollins

Mrs. Elizabeth Betty Lee

Ms. Selina Senegal

Mrs. Henrietta Spears

Southeast Community Health Systems Brand

We include the tree in our logo to symbolize the impending growth and strategic direction that Southeast would embark upon for the foreseeable future. The trunk represents our roots in the communities we serve. The branches and leaves represent our healthcare services across a variety of disciplines and departments (primary care, oral health, WIC, dental, etc.) Our slogan, “Health, vitality, & wellness” emphasizes our mission and vision statements.