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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dr. Ashkar named LGH Chief Medical Officer
TAVR | Mitchell Lirtzman, M.D.
Hospital Spotlight | LGSW
Dr. Hamilton | Concussions
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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
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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in 1960. Renovations included new interior and exterior paint, stormproof windows, air conditioning units, furniture, updated landscaping and repainted parking lot for better traffic flow.
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.
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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
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.
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L A FAY E T T E G E N E R A L S O U T H W E S T
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
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.
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equipment and clinical
2810 Ambassador Caffery Parkway
alignment has created
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 ParentsDontFret.net and through a link at LafayetteGeneral.com, where it is accessible to parents anytime, anywhere there is an Internet connection. ParentsDontFret.net
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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.
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Keeping up with new plastic surgery
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
3D imaging, which will allow patients to
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
“Safety is our number one priority,” says
Dr. Lupo. “We make sure that we are well
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 PlasticSurgeryLafayette.com
900 E. St. Mary St., Ste. 104 | PlasticSurgeryLafayette.com
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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
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
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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
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,
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 LafayetteGeneral.com/UrgentCare.
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
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 JointCommission.org.
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 â€“ 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 LafayetteGeneral.com/Stroke
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Published on Feb 1, 2016