Legacy Community Health Services is pleased to announce the addition of OB-GYN and maternity services at its Legacy Community Health Services South Park campus, located at 4450 Highland Ave. in Beaumont, Texas.

Dr. Pamela St. Amand, who is certified by the American Board of OB-GYN, will provide the new range of services at the South Park campus. She has practiced privately since 1984 and has previously held positions as prenatal center medical director, chief of staff, and OB-GYN section chairman at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital. St. Amand has served on the Christus SETX Board of Directors since 2010 and has worked as a clinical instructor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston since 2006.

The South Park campus will now provide a full range of OB-GYN services including complete prenatal and postpartum care, pre- and postmenopausal counseling, Pap smears, pelvic and breast exams, contraception and family planning counseling, treatment of infections, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and referrals for mammograms.

“We are pleased to be able to offer women and their babies in the Beaumont area greater access to affordable OB-GYN and maternity care,” LCHS Executive Director Katy Caldwell said. “Legacy believes that health care is a human right to be shared with those who have traditionally had difficulty accessing quality health care. We are glad to be able to provide women, mothers and their infants in the area with affordable, quality health care before and during pregnancy that will continue with our pediatric services.”

Texas has a unique need for low-cost and affordable OB-GYN and maternity care, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that 22 percent of teen births in Texas are repeat births. According to KUHF Houston Public Radio, one-quarter of teen mothers go on welfare within three years of the child’s birth.

Clinical services at South Park also include adult primary care for men and women, pediatric care for children 18 years of age and younger, and behavioral health services. The campus is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Legacy’s mission is to serve diverse communities, particularly those where access to quality care is limited. Many Southeast Texas communities have been heavily impacted by the health care crisis and continue struggling to have their needs met,” LCHS Executive Director Katy Caldwell said.

All Legacy campuses accept Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP, in addition to private insurance, and offer a five-tiered, sliding-scale payment system for patients who are uninsured or underinsured.