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Heart Attack Sets Wheels In Motion Keith Theriot | Heart Attack Survivor

Introducing Lafayette General Southwest Urgent Care Center Opens In Carencro An Advanced Heart Monitoring Solution

WINTER | 2016

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Dr. Ashkar named LGH Chief Medical Officer


TAVR | Mitchell Lirtzman, M.D.


Hospital Spotlight | LGSW


Dr. Hamilton | Concussions


Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


Cover Story

the LGH system, he is instrumental in aligning best practices

Heart Attack Sets Wheels In Motion Keith Theriot

across all affiliated hospitals. He works closely with system


Test for Life | Colon Cancer Awareness


Welcome Urgent Care Carencro


Ortho Program | Shoulder Certification


Cancer Center of Acadiana - Opelousas

Lafayette General Health (LGH) named Ziad M. Ashkar, M.D., as the system’s new Chief Medical Officer (CMO), effective November 1, 2015. Dr. Ashkar practiced as a nephrologist at Acadiana Renal Physicians since 2002. As CMO of

administrators to develop and assess quality metrics used to drive excellence in the delivery of health care.

AKMH Holds Ribbon-Cutting and Anniversary Celebration Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital (AKMH)

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held a ribbon-cutting ceremony November 18, 2015, to welcome its full management agreement with Lafayette General Health (LGH). A new marquee sign at the hospital

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was featured as part of the celebration. The occasion featured the newly renovated hospital and was part of the hospital’s 55th anniversary celebration, having first opened Health In General

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Telemedicine Brings Medical Access to St. Martin Parish Schools The St. Martin Parish School Board launched its first telemedicine clinic to provide easier medical access for rural students. Called “Telehealth for Tots,” this program began December 4, 2015, through the health clinic at St. Martinville Elementary School with Dr. David Broussard. The first school served is Stephensville Elementary School in Lower St. Martin Parish. Although only minutes from Morgan City and the St. Mary Parish line, Stephensville Elementary is St. Martin Parish’s farthest outlying school, making it difficult to utilize the three main school health clinics located elsewhere in the parish. Telemedicine gives students instant access to medical care without having to leave school, eliminating the need for physical transport. The clinic was made possible through the partnership between Lafayette General Foundation and the St. Martin Parish School Board, Capital One, United Way of Acadiana and Cox Communications.





LGH Welcomes Dr. Lirtzman and TAVR Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Mitchell Lirtzman, M.D. | Cardiovascular Surgery Lafayette General Health (LGH) welcomes Dr. Mitchell Lirtzman, Cardiovascular Surgeon.

“I’m thrilled to bring the TAVR program to Lafayette General Health and to continue providing excellent cardiac care in Acadiana.” Mitchell Lirtzman, M.D.

He will be joining two other accomplished heart surgeons, Dr. Mohamad Allam and Dr. Victor Tedesco, who are already within LGMD Physician Group. Dr. Lirtzman was previously part of the Louisiana Heart, Lung & Vascular Center at the former Regional Medical Center of Acadiana, which is now Lafayette General Southwest (LGSW). Dr. Lirtzman received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and his Doctor of Medicine from Chicago Medical School. He completed his residency in general surgery at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, IL, and another residency in Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery at Tulane University Medical Center.

He has been an instructor and held a

position at practices in Illinois offering cutting edge cardiovascular care. He is board certified in general thoracic surgery and has been repeatedly recognized for state and national excellence. Dr. Lirtzman was awarded by CareChex, with

Top 1% in the Nation for Vascular Surgery,

services including, but not limited to,

#1 in Louisiana for Vascular Surgery, #1

coronary artery bypass, aortic, mitral and

in Acadiana for Vascular Surgery, #1 in

tricuspid valve repair and replacement,

Acadiana for Major Cardiac Surgery

abdominal & thoracic aneurysm repair,

and #1 in Acadiana for Coronary

pacemaker and defibrillator insertion

Bypass Surgery.

and peripheral bypass.

Along with his awards, Dr. Lirtzman

Adding to his wide range of knowledge,

brings his expertise with the Trans-

Dr. Lirtzman participates in several

catheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

organizations. He donates his time to

to LGH. Unlike traditional open-heart

the American Heart Association, and

surgery, the TAVR program uses minimally

is a member of the American Medical

invasive techniques to replace a diseased

Association and Society of Thoracic

heart valve, which gives high-risk patients

Surgeons. Also, he is a fellow of the

a second chance at life. Dr. Lirtzman has

American College of Surgeons and

been performing the TAVR procedure

the College of Chest Physicians.

since January 2013, when LGSW was

Lafayette General is proud to have

the first hospital to bring the TAVR

Dr. Lirtzman as part of LGMD Physician

program to Acadiana.

Group and is excited to offer his skill

set and expertise to our community.

“I’m thrilled to bring the TAVR program

to Lafayette General Health and to continue providing excellent cardiac care in Acadiana.” Dr. Lirtzman said.

In addition to TAVR, Dr. Lirtzman offers

a comprehensive scope of surgical

For more information about the TAVR procedure or for an appointment, call (337) 273-2863.






Lafayette General Southwest (LGSW) is the newest addition to Lafayette General Health, officially joining the health system on November 6, 2015. LGSW is a full-service, 128-licensed bed acute care facility with over 500 employees. Lafayette General Health (LGH) accomplished its commitment to ensure that employment opportunities would be available for those working at the former Regional

LGSW’s ER is conveniently accessible from both Ambassador

Caffery Pkwy. and Congress Street, near Interstate 10. The exceptional care patients have come to expect from Lafayette General is now offered closer to many residents.

The hospital has six floors, including 11 ICU beds on the

second floor. In 2015, LGSW admitted over 3,500 patients and treated over 24,000 people in the ER. The hospital has a long and proud history of providing excellent medical care dating back over 30 years. Lafayette General needs LGSW to thrive in order to help compliment

Medical Center.

the services offered at

The hospital is licensed as a campus of Lafayette General

LGMC. Together, the

Medical Center (LGMC), serving as an extension of LGMC’s main

two campuses will boast

campus in the Oil Center. The number of available physicians

the most robust offering

increased at both LGMC and LGSW thanks to many additional

of health care services

physicians joining the active medical staff.

offered anywhere in South

The success of building a large health system has brought the

Louisiana. The technology,

challenge to LGH of providing enough bed space for a growing patient volume. Research shows that by 2024, LGMC needs up to 150 more beds to keep up with growing demand for hospital services. The addition of LGSW fulfills nearly all of this need. It allows Lafayette General to accommodate more patients in Lafayette, particularly after LGMC becomes the region’s official Adult Level 2 Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons.





equipment and clinical

2810 Ambassador Caffery Parkway

alignment has created

(337) 981-2949

campus facility capable of

Lafayette’s premier multitreating the population of Acadiana.

cognitive and emotional recovery. Even the NFL now recognizes that an impaired athlete stands a greater chance of injury.

mainstays of management, which

Put Me Back In, Coach! Guest columnist Dr. Blake McDonald, a Family Medicine resident at University Hospital & Clinics, discusses concussions: pay attention!

Concussion is an injury caused by a

blow to the head. It impairs neurologic function: interfering with coordination, thinking, emotions and sleep. It eventually heals, but it takes time.

Concussions aren’t bleeding in the

brain or skull fractures – they aren’t detected by CT or MRI scans. They can be measured by neuropsychological tests, where the patient interacts with a computer program or a paper-and-pencil test. In other words, concussion is a functional injury, not a structural one.

Concussions are a big problem,

bigger than statistics report. Nationally, about 144,000 people per year visit the ER for concussions, but one review estimates there may be up to 3.8 million concussions per year in the U.S. This does not include injuries to grade school and middle school athletes.

Football is the riskiest sport for

concussions in high-school boys; soccer and basketball for girls. Rugby, ice hockey, cheerleading and lacrosse also probably have high concussion rates, but data is limited since these are often club

sometimes means staying home from school. Upon return, kids may need shorter school days, reduced work and

activities rather than official school sports.

Headache and impaired coordination

are the main physical symptoms of concussion. Loss of consciousness is another physical sign, but this only happens in 10% of concussions – you don’t have to be knocked out to have a concussion!

Concussion can affect cognitive

function – the ability to think and remember. Kids with concussions struggle with homework, concentration and thinking clearly. Memory is also impaired – a concussed child may not remember what happened for some time before and after the injury. Some kids have short-term memory loss, asking the same question over and over.

Concussion can also affect emotional

stability. Concussed kids are often tearful and depressed – one minute they’re acting silly, and moody the next. Kids with concussions sleep a lot. This worries parents who’ve heard not to let headinjured kids sleep. But, sleeping late and napping with a concussion are part of normal healing.

So, how else can we help concussions

heal? Avoid activities that slow natural recovery. Allow time for physical,

Cognitive and physical rest are

more time for assignments or tests. If headaches return, they may need to be out of school longer. Videogames and computers can worsen symptoms, too.

To return to full schoolwork or sports,

the child must be symptom-free – no headaches, normal coordination, no trouble thinking or remembering, no more fatigue or depression. It’s a problem when motivated athletes hide their symptoms to stay in the game. If a kid seems impaired, the approach is simple: “when in doubt, sit them out!” Coaches and trainers should be aware of sideline tests for concussion to detect impairment.

When kids do return to school or

sports, they need a “graduated” increase in intensity. Slowly increase class work and homework. In sports, slowly increase physical intensity, then add complexity (like drills and plays), then scrimmaging, then full play. Worsening symptoms during that time means “back off!” Although prevention involves better equipment and rules, the best tools to prevent and treat concussions are education and recognition – for athletes, parents, coaches, trainers, teachers, administrators. And doctors and nurses, too!

Scott Hamilton, M.D. , is a board-certified pediatrician by the American Board of Pediatricians and medical advisor in Lafayette General Medical Center’s dedicated pediatric treatment area within the Emergency Department. Dr. Hamilton is a Pediatric Advanced Life Support course instructor. His blog is available at and through a link at, where it is accessible to parents anytime, anywhere there is an Internet connection.





Plastic Surgeons Open New Office

Being physically fit often requires a

Joseph P. Lupo, M.D.

improvements succeed. Lafayette is

rejuvenation, face-lifts, breast lifts, breast

multi-faceted approach – eating right,

now home to a new practice of plastic

augmentation, rhinoplasty (nose), tummy

good exercise and other healthy habits.

surgeons, with a brand new office, offering

tucks and liposuction. They also offer a

But, sometimes, looking and feeling

some of the newest and most advanced

full gamut of non-surgical or non-invasive

your best requires a little extra help.

procedures performed by local physicians.

techniques such as fillers, botox, chemical

The American Society of Plastic Surgery

peels and microdermabrasion.

reported that plastic surgery procedures

Fontenot have partnered together in a new

continue to trend upwards in popularity as

practice called Plastic & Reconstructive

technology, which advances quickly, can

medical advancements and technological

Surgery of Acadiana at Lafayette General.

be a challenge. “The technology changes

Their new office, located

daily,” says Dr. Fontenot. “New techniques

at 900 E. St. Mary Street,

are always being evolved, and new

offers a host of surgical

technologies assist with rejuvenating the

Dr. Joseph Lupo and Dr. Ben Boustany

Joseph P. Lupo, M.D.

Bennett Boustany Fontenot, M.D.




Keeping up with new plastic surgery

and non-surgical

skin. It’s a constant interest of ours to stay

procedures to treat the

on top of changing technology and utilize

body aesthetically from

it in our practice.” These surgeons will have

head to toe.

the first office in Acadiana to offer Vectra

Surgical cosmetic

3D imaging, which will allow patients to

procedures offered

see a three-dimensional image of what their

include body contouring


“Safety is our number one priority.”

“before and after” results will look like.

after weight loss, facial

One thing that concerns these physicians

rejuvenation, full body

is patients seeking out procedures by

doctors who refer to themselves as “cosmetic surgeons,” without having the credentials of an accredited plastic surgeon who has undergone extensive standardized training and testing.

Vectra 3D imaging

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“Safety is our number one priority,” says

Dr. Lupo. “We make sure that we are well

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versed in how to manage our procedures, and that means knowing how to manage any complications with these procedures. That’s truly something that we are proud of as plastic surgeons that we take our patients through the entire course of their care. For cosmetic surgeons that perform procedures they’re not familiar with, their

Enhance Inner Beauty

complications often end up in our hands.” These surgeons form a partnership with their patient to help guide them through from start to finish.

“We are very sensitive to every patient’s

considerations,” says Dr. Lupo. “We take pride in always being here and available to answer questions and to help put our patients at ease, or offer a solution to help them feel better,” he says.

Dr. Fontenot adds, “Any patient that is

seeking treatment, we can put our heads together and come up with the best treatment plan.”

MAKE YOUR BEFORE JEALOUS OF YOUR AFTER. Dr. Lupo and Dr. Fontenot are helping patients with a vast

range of procedures including aesthetics with face, breast and body, breast reconstruction (including DIEP Flap), full

body reconstruction and advanced microsurgical techniques. Call (337) 504-3640 today for a free consultation on any cosmetic procedure.

Call (337) 504-3640 today for a free consultation on any cosmetic procedure or go to

900 E. St. Mary St., Ste. 104 |





Heart Attack Sets Wheels In Motion

The morning after Keith Theriot’s 30th

Place across from the Heymann Center.

about the commotion outside.

wedding anniversary, he was enjoying

Treadmills were whirring while other

The Wellness staff normally deals with

a cup of coffee with his wife outside on

exercise equipment clanked, banged

patients in recovery, well beyond the

a pleasant November day before work.

and thumped. That routine was shattered

hospital setting. Suddenly, they found

Unfortunately, the pulled-muscle sensation

when the repeated sound of a crashing

themselves as emergency first responders,

in his shoulder from the night before was

automobile thundered ever closer to the

racing against noxious fumes and

still there. His wife, Patty, warmly predicted,


chemicals emanating from the truck.

“Today is Day 1 of our next 30 years.” How prophetic she would be.

Fitness Instructors Nick Rees and Laura

Giesemann, tending the front desk, bolted

After arriving at work on Avery Island,

members Susan Hall, Janet Stelly and Christy Brouillette, ran outside to assist.

the 47-year-old construction project

They found Nick and Laura trying to get

“If you get a second chance, take care of yourself.” Keith Theriot

manager’s shoulder discomfort was coming and going, but kept getting closer to his heart and eventually reached

inside the vehicle to the unresponsive driver. The driver’s door was pinned shut by a signpost, while the passenger

his throat, making it difficult to breathe.

door was locked. Christy was looking for

“That’s when I said something’s wrong, I

something, anything, to break a window.

need to go to the hospital,” says Keith. He

outside to see what happened. They found

Nick utilized his brute strength to tug away

called Patty to tell her he wanted to go to

Keith’s truck plowed and crumpled up

at the deeply buried signpost, bending it

Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC).

against a parked vehicle, just feet away

away from the driver’s door, allowing it to

from the Wellness building. The motor was

finally open. Christy thrust her hand into

“I’d never been admitted to the hospital


Jenny, along with Wellness staff

before in my life,” says Keith.

still ominously revved up with the back

the vehicle to kill the racing motor. Nick,

tires churning their way into the grass and

Christy and Susan extracted Keith from the

up to the ER entrance, but decided to

dirt. In the truck’s wake were swerving

vehicle. Hearing Keith’s gurgled breathing

circle around the Heymann Center to find

black tire marks, a downed streetlight pole

sounds, “You could tell he was dying,”

a parking spot. “Putting the truck back

and a busted up path across the Heymann

says Christy.

in ‘Drive’ is the last thing I remember.”

Center parking lot.

and Laura stabilized Keith’s head while

After the 30-minute drive, Keith pulled

It was a typical Monday morning

Exercise physiologist Ann Craig called

At this point, instinct took over. Jenny

at Lafayette General’s Wellness at the

9-1-1, then informed Jenny Monceaux,

Christy, Susan and Janet prepared for

Townhouse, a fitness center on Pasa

Community Health & Wellness Manager,

CPR. Christy, a nursing student and




former paramedic, began compressions.

anterior descending artery (LAD), known

Susan, a certified CPR instructor, kept his

as “the widow maker.”

airways open. Laura ran inside to retrieve

the center’s AED (Automatic External

helped create the “door-to-balloon”

Defibrillator) Machine, in case a shock

standard, setting a goal of 90 minutes

would be needed to resuscitate Keith.

from hospital arrival to balloon opening in

surgery, which 90% of hospitals now meet.

Meanwhile, Acadian Ambulance crew

The American College of Cardiology

members Hurley Leday and Madeline

LGMC Cath Lab staff and cardiologist

Daspit were between calls at LGMC when

Fernando Ruiz had Keith’s balloon open

they heard the call from the Wellness

in a noteworthy 37-minute door-to-balloon

center. Being so close, they immediately

time. “I didn’t know until he was in the ICU

sprung into action.

that he was going to be okay,” says Patty.

Keith’s life was saved.

Laura retrieved Keith’s wallet and

phone, and turned them over to Jenny,

Keith has since made a full recovery.

who called the last number dialed. It was

Both he and his wife have made a few

Keith’s wife Patty. Jenny informed Patty

lifestyle changes, quitting smoking and

I already feel better now than I did before my heart attack. about the automobile accident and told

eating better. Keith, prior to beginning

her to come to LGMC. “I hadn’t realize how

cardiac rehab, says, “I already feel better

much time had passed, so I thought it was

now than I did before my heart attack.”

just a regular car accident, not a cardiac

arrest-caused accident,” says Patty.

the hospital under his own power. But, it

Thankfully, by this time, Keith had

was the power of teamwork – Wellness,

responded to the AED shock. He began

Acadian, ER, Cath Lab, ICU – that made

Gus Ingraldi, M.D. Interventional Cardiologist

Wade May, M.D. Cardiologist

Ankur Lodha, M.D. Interventional Cardiologist

Siby Ayallore, M.D. Cardiologist

Ryan Chauffe, D.O. Interventional Cardiologist

Marc Saad, M.D. Electrophysiologist & Cardiologist

Keith was lucky to have made it to

struggling against the Wellness staff,

his survival an amazing feat of medicine.

trying to get up and rip off his AED

Just before blowing out the candles on

attachments. The staff reassured him that

his 48th birthday cake at a party held for

everything was okay and that Patty was on

him at LGMC in December, Keith gratefully

her way.

advised others… “If you get a second

chance, take care of yourself.”

The ambulance crew arrived and

at Lafayette General (337) 289-8429

Fernando Ruiz, M.D. Interventional & Nuclear Cardiologist

loaded Keith up for the quick trip to the ER. By the time they reached the ER doors, Keith had “coded” again. The ER staff found no pulse, and continued CPR. After five minutes, a pulse was detected and EKG results confirmed a major heart attack. Within 16 minutes of arriving at the ER, Keith was prepped and heading into surgery. The Cath Lab team began a balloon procedure to unblock two vessels

Pictured (l-r) are Janet Stelly, Nick Rees, Laura Giesemann, Jenny Monceaux, Keith Theriot, Susan Hall, Ann Craig and Christy Brouillette.

that were 100% blocked, including the left

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Test Colon Cancer at Home

Even though it remains the second

hands-free test that checks for unseen

free colonoscopies was found to have

leading cause of cancer death among

blood in the stool, which can indicate

colon cancer in an early, curable stage.

men and women in the U.S., plenty of

gastrointestinal or other problems. The

That was the third time since the program

people still fear a colonoscopy more than

kit works by testing toilet water after a

began that a free colonoscopy winner

the threat of illness itself. But, Lafayette

bowel movement. Simply mail the results

was found to have cancer. That leaves

General Endoscopy Center (LGEC) is

back to LGEC and the readings are soon

no doubt, this program saves lives.

offering a solution that may be easier for

reported to you confidentially.

Marsha Williamson, RN, nurse

people to handle – a hands-free test and

administrator at LGEC, spearheads the

a chance at a free colonoscopy.

program. “Although the test kit cannot

replace a colonoscopy, it’s a good check

LGEC participates in an annual

campaign to increase colorectal testing

for people under 50 with no family history

in Acadiana by providing free home

of colon cancer, for those who have not

colorectal screening kits that test for the

had a colonoscopy and for those who

risks of colon cancer.

Once again in March, Colon Cancer

people can register for a chance at a free

for 10 years,” she says. Williamson credits

Awareness Month, “Test for Life” kits will

colonoscopy. There will be six giveaways,

Walgreens and its District Manager Lee

be provided at any of the 18 Acadiana

which includes physician and facility fees,

Jones for helping make the campaign

When picking up a kit, eligible

have had one and are not due for another

Walgreens stores. LGEC encourages

anesthesia and any pathology services.

such a success by organizing distribution

consumers to not only pick up a kit, but

and providing publicity during Colon

intend to use it. On average, only a third

having grown from its first distribution

Cancer Awareness Month. Other key

of the kits are returned for testing.

of 100 kits in 2008 to last year’s count of

sponsors are KLFY TV-10 and Lowry’s

2,500. Last year, one of the winners of the

Printing & Copying.

The “Test for Life” kit is an easy,

This will be the program’s ninth year,

TEST FOR LIFE during Colon Cancer Awareness Month (March 1-31). Pick up your FREE KIT at any of the 18 Acadiana An easy, hands-free home test that helps detect colorectal cancer. Call 1-800-854-3002 for test assistance.

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Lafayette General Urgent Care Center Opens in Carencro

but the center started seeing its first patients on December 14, 2015.

“Keeping patients out of the ER goes

beyond convenience. Urgent Care offers the ability to see a licensed physician and is a generally faster and much less expensive alternative,” says Patin. “It also allows our emergency rooms to be there for those

Lafayette General Health (LGH) opened

travel a long distance to Lafayette to get

truly life-threatening events that require the

its newest Urgent Care Center at 917 W.

medical treatment,” says Al Patin, Chief

highest levels of specialized care.”

Gloria Switch Rd. in December to serve the

Administrative Officer of LGMD Physician

Carencro and Upper Lafayette area. The

Group. “Our hope is to care for them locally

Urgent Care Centers are X-rays, lab draws,

walk-in clinic treats non life-threatening

at a convenient location with a name that

physicals, flu shots, screenings and other

conditions, including cuts, burns, sprains,

they trust.”

services. Any service provided at Lafayette

fractures, aches and allergic reactions.

General Urgent Care Centers is recorded

it is important for patients to understand

electronically, making health records

by Family Medicine physicians Ronald

treatment options available to them. Urgent

instantly accessible across the Lafayette

Menard, M.D., and Nichole Miller, M.D.

care is a convenient and viable option for

General Health system. “This offers better

LGH’s certified Urgent Care Centers are

medical conditions that cannot wait for a

continuity of care and reduces the need

staffed with a licensed physician, unlike

scheduled appointment with a primary

to repeat costly medical tests,” adds Patin.

many walk-in clinics that sometimes staff

care physician. LGH’s urgent care centers

Lafayette General Urgent Care Centers are

only a Nurse Practitioner.

accept unscheduled walk-in patients

open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to

during all hours of operation.

7 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and

here because the people of Carencro

Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are two other

needed it here. Many people have to

the Carencro location on December 11,

This new Urgent Care Center is staffed

“This urgent care center was put

As the health care environment changes,

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at

Additional services offered at the

locations, in Lafayette at 1216 Camellia Blvd. in River Ranch, and in Youngsville at 2810 Bonin Rd. in Sugar Mill Pond.

For more information about Lafayette General’s Urgent Care Centers, visit

Representatives of LGMD Physician Group and the City of Carencro delegation were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony held December 11 at the new Carencro Urgent Care Center.



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LGMC Becomes Certified Shoulder Replacement Center Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC)

based clinical practices, and collection

Replacement Program – Hip, Knee and

earned The Joint Commission’s (TJC)

and analysis of performance measures.

Shoulder. That’s a proud accomplishment

Gold Seal of Approval by becoming a

LGMC underwent rigorous reviews and

for our orthopedic surgeons and our core

Certified Orthopedic Joint Replacement

an onsite visit to secure the two-year

orthopedic team here at LGMC.”

Program for Shoulder replacement.


This certification reflects LGMC’s

Gandy points to the orthopedics

program’s quality as reasons why LGMC

compliance with standards set forth by

is so highly regarded. The orthopedic

the commission to produce evidence of

program at LGMC touts patient stays as

performance improvement activities. In

being shorter than the national average.

June 2014, LGMC earned certification in

Infection and complication rates are also

hip and knee replacement.

below the national average.

Founded in 1951, TJC seeks to

In 2015, LGMC acquired the

continuously improve health care for

MAKOplasty surgery tool used for hip and

the public, in collaboration with other

knee replacement. For the manufacturer

stakeholders, by evaluating health care

of MAKOplasty, a normal launch of their

organizations and inspiring them to excel

product typically saw nine cases in the

in providing safe and effective care of the

first 90 days. Lafayette General performed

highest quality and value. TJC evaluates

23 cases. The nine-month target was to

and accredits more than 18,000 health

perform 42 cases, but 111 cases were

care organizations and programs in the

performed at LGMC. Within the first year,

United States. An independent, not-for-

the number of surgeons trained in the

profit organization, TJC is the nation’s

MAKO procedure jumped from four

oldest and largest standards-setting and

to seven.

accrediting body in health care.

referred to MAKO as “the biggest

Certification is an important

achievement for a hospital because

One orthopedic surgeon at LGMC

breakthrough in orthopedic surgery

it demonstrates a commitment to

in 25 years.” He said this robotic-arm

providing a higher standard of care;

assisted surgery offers patients less pain,

provides organizational framework for

quicker recovery and a longer lasting

management; offers a competitive edge


in the marketplace; enhances the ability

of the hospital to recruit and develop

program continues to solidify its position

staff; and insurers and other third parties

as one of the best programs anywhere,”

recognize the certification.

says Patrick W. Gandy, Jr., LGMC

Certification requirements are based

on national standards, use of evidence-

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“With this certification, our orthopedic

CEO. “We are now certified in all three aspects of The Joint Commission’s Joint


Learn more about The Joint Commission online at

New Cancer Center of Acadiana Opens in Opelousas Dr. Deborah Johnson, a Hematologist/Oncologist with Cancer Center of Acadiana (CCA), relocated her practice from the CCA location at Lafayette General Medical Center to help open the new CCA location at Opelousas General Health System.

patient-centered approach to patient care, which will be an important feature of the Opelousas CCA. A native of Opelousas, Dr. Johnson decided to continue her professional career caring for patients in her hometown. To show her support for the Opelousas hospital, Dr. Johnson will refer her infusion cases to Opelousas General Health System (OGHS). Dr. Deborah Johnson Hematologist/Oncologist

CCA first opened its doors at Lafayette General Medical Center on July 6, 2010, and was designated a comprehensive community cancer program in 2012. Today, CCA has its second Lafayette location at University Hospital & Clinics with other locations in Mamou, Crowley, Abbeville and New Iberia. Care through CCA offers access to surgeons, medical

and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists, such as surgical

CCA at OGHS officially opened

November 30, 2015, at 627 E. Prudhomme Street, Suite 2. The clinic is open Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. This is the seventh location of CCA across Acadiana.

oncologists and pulmonologists.

Dr. Johnson has years of experience

treating severe cases of cancer. She was instrumental in helping CCA develop its

For more information, call CCA at Opelousas General Health System at (337) 942-1126.

Members of Lafayette General Health and Opelousas General Health System gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Cancer Center of Acadiana in Opelousas on December 9.



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LGMC Utilizing Advanced Heart Monitoring Solution

When a patient survives a heart attack, a common concern is,

“When will the next one be?” Answering that question has driven

hospitalization. In heart failure patients, every trip to the hospital due to heart failure increases mortality. “So, the question

medical technology for decades, trying to find ways to predict or

becomes, ‘How can we stop them from needing to go to the

prevent the likelihood of another heart failure.

hospital?’ If we can measure and make adjustments early on, we

The newest advance in heart monitoring technology is

can manage their behavior so they won’t need hospitalization,”

now available at Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC).

he explains. “Now we can measure fluids almost 20 days before

Cardiologists with Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS)

they would require hospitalization, and can make adjustments

at Lafayette General are the area’s most prolific at implanting a

at home to keep the patient active as a functional member of

new miniaturized, wireless heart monitor called the CardioMEMS

society and out of the hospital.”

system. CardioMEMS is a tiny implantable sensor that measures

pressure in the pulmonary artery, which carries blood from the

57% reduction rate in mortality when pulmonary artery pressure

heart to the lungs. The sensor then communicates wirelessly

is controlled, and a 43% reduction in hospitalizations after

with a home-based port, sent home with the patient, which can

installing the CardioMEMS system.

then transmit its data by cellular signal to the care provider daily.

A clinical trial conducted by St. Jude Medical, Inc., showed a

An added benefit that Dr. Ayalloore touts is the ability to direct therapy if a patient reports symptoms.

“Now we can measure fluids almost 20 days before they would require hospitalization, and can make adjustments at home to keep the patient active as a functional member of society and out of the hospital.” Siby Ayalloore, M.D., CIS Cardiologist

Reading the patient’s pressure, the CIS team can tell what the patient needs to feel better. “Another thing we can do is properly diagnose people,” adds Dr. Ayalloore. “People come in, and all they know is that they’re short of breath. So, the initial assumption is heart failure.

“This is an exciting new device,” explains Dr. Siby Ayalloore,

When we have a monitor, we can say, ‘no, the pressure level is

CIS Cardiologist. “What happens with heart failure is that people

normal, something else is causing this.’ So, now you can give

can’t breathe, and they get fluid build-up in their lungs. What this

appropriate care because, if you don’t find what the real problem

device does is allow us to measure fluid in people when they’re

is, you’re not solving it.”

at home, before they actually get sick.”

Dr. Ayalloore explains that, prior to this device, detecting the

signals that indicated heart failure occurred close to the state of

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For more information, contact CIS at Lafayette General at (337) 289-8429.


Lafayette General Wellness at the Townhouse staff was presented the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver Hero Award for their role in saving the life of heart attack victim Keith Theriot, who crashed his car into the parking lot there trying to get to the LGMC emergency room. The award is in recognition of advancing the mission of the American Heart Association and Emergency Cardiovascular Care through a courageous act in an effort to save a life. Pictured (l-r) are Community Health & Wellness Manager Jenny Monceaux, Fitness Instructor Nick Rees, Health and Wellness Assistant Christy Brouillette, Fitness Instructor Laura Giesemann, Corporate Health Consultant Susan Hall, Exercise Physiologist Ann Craig, and LPN Janet Stelly.

Lafayette General Foundation held its fifth-annual gala October 15. The theme of the evening was honoring “Healthcare Heroes of Acadiana.” The Foundation honored heroes employed around the Lafayette General Health system as well as three partners of the healthcare industry. Pictured (l-r) are Richard Zuschlag,

Louisiana IceGators and Louisiana State Police Troop I visited patients in LGMC’s Pediatric department and ER during the holiday season. They brought gifts and spread Christmas cheer.

CEO and Chairman of Acadian Ambulance Services; Lori and Travis McGrew, founders of Maddie’s Footprints; Cheryl Rouly, Executive Director of Maddie’s Footprints; and Dr. & Mrs. Damon Cudihy.

On December 11, LGMC’s Adopt-An-Angel committee, along with Santa Claus, delivered 86 pillow pets and $375 dollars of supplies to students at Alice Boucher Elementary

Lafayette General Health’s IT Department was named #4 among the 2015 Best Large Hospital IT Departments by Healthcare IT News, a national industry news and information publication. Healthcare IT News praised Lafayette General’s Mike Dozier, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of IT, for keeping the IT Department “continuing on a straight and steady course” during a tumultuous time for IT, particularly during ICD-10 billing conversion. In June, LGH was named among the 2015 Best Places to Work in IT by industry publication Computerworld.



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Stroke: Know the Symptoms

Lafayette General’s Acadiana Stroke Support Group holds FREE meetings for survivors and families the second Tuesday of each month (except December). LGMC’s Owen Auditorium | 3-4 p.m. Call (337) 289-7740


Health in General Winter 2016  
Health in General Winter 2016  

A publication of Lafayette General Health.