The concept of the Lagniappe Medical Center was conceived in 2016 by Jeff Lehrich, our Chairman and Founder. Lagniappe is a Louisiana French term meaning “a little something extra”, and was born from Jeff’s extensive experience with Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. Jeff decided to relaunch the enhanced primary care clinic concept in January 2017, and in early 2018 added a Chief Medical Officer in Dr. Paul Plante whose reputation as an outstanding Internal Medicine physician rounded out the clinical partnership.
The clinic located at 74 Polo Road underwent extensive renovations and installation of state-of-the-art imaging and high complexity lab equipment. The renovations were completed in December of 2017 and the lab and imaging services were offered to patients for the first time during the first quarter of 2018. Additionally, during mid-2017, the practice acquired a satellite family practice site in Blythewood, approximately 12 miles from the core clinic at Polo Road.
After the construction of Polo Road was completed at the end of 2017, additional clinical staff was added to both of the clinics. A small downtown Columbia facility and a new West Columbia facility were added in late 2018 that extends the Lagniappe care model to all areas of Columbia and the surrounding communities.
The Lagniappe Enhanced Primary Care Model and Approach:
For the patients, a “little something extra” means:
• Access to getting appointments and talking with a real person to address your needs. Patients can schedule same-day appointments with our extended use of nursing staff in the integrated care model.
• We accept all payers as compared to many providers in Columbia who do not. We are here in the community as good stewards to service the communities where our facilities are located. We service all ages of patients from infants to our most senior citizens.
• We are a one-stop shop for many treatments and/or diagnostic testing so that our patient’s travel and total time are reduced.
• All patient records are maintained in our state-of-the-art Electronic Health Record (EHR) system across all clinical operations and are available to patients via the Internet on mobile or computer devices.