Drefchinski honored by clinic, community
People crowded into the meeting room at Teche Action Clinic’s administrative building Friday to bid farewell to one of its earliest driving forces.
Former clinic administrator and board member Alice Drefchinski will be leaving the community she has worked to help provide health care to since 1972. Drefchinski is returning to her native home in Moline, Illinois.
She was showered with accolades, mementoes of her time in Franklin and a few shed tears as colleagues and friends wished her well.
She graduated from Pennsylvania’s St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing in 1959 as a registered nurse and pediatric nurse practitioner. By 1960 she was working in Brazil where she was inspired to return to the United States as an ally in the war on poverty.
In 1972 then-Teche Action Clinic administrator Rose Mae Broussard offered her a position as its first pediatric nurse practitioner and among the first in Louisiana.
Broussard left the position in 1982 and Drefchinski accepted the position, in which she served until her retirement in 1995.
During that time the clinic grew from a small house on Haifleigh Street to the facility on Weber Street.
At the dedication of that building in 1989, Drefchinski said, “It was not just a coincidence that the right people were in the right places at the right time for the clinic to become a reality.”
After 1995 she served on the clinic’s board of directors and as a volunteer.