We Are Woman’s Campaign Launches
The Employee Giving Campaign, now known as “We Are Woman’s,” launched Tuesday, August 20 and will run until Friday, September 6. Led for the second year by co-chairs Kim Corkern and Kathy Cagnina, campaign volunteers recently met to determine the campaign’s five focus programs and projects, which are the Employee Emergency Fund; Care for Victims of Sexual Assault; Cancer Care and Support Services; Human Donor Milk; and Palliative Care. Our goal is to raise $105,000 for these worthy programs. To view the video, please click here (use Internet Explorer). Be sure to read On the Same Page for more information and campaign updates!
Radiothon Raises $42,000 With awesome teamwork across many departments, Woman’s first-ever Radiothon was a smashing success! This exciting event was the brainchild of members of the Individual Division of the Annual Giving Campaign. Many thanks are in order for Guaranty Broadcasting for producing Radiothon, and to the sponsors and volunteers for supporting it. In case you missed them, listen to few patient stories on the Intranet here. WAFB’s Kelsey Davis interviews Lynn Weill, Vice President/Chief Development Officer, about Radiothon for 9 News this Morning
Woman’s Webfood Launches Online ordering is now available at http://womans.webfood.com. Charge your order to your employee account for a 15% discount if you use payroll deduction. Please note: there is no discount if you use a credit card.
Philanthropy Corner Woman’s Celebrates Move-a-Versary
Can you believe that it’s been one year since we moved to our new campus?! To celebrate, employees enjoyed a frozen treat, played a “pin the Madonna on Woman’s” game and took a little trip down memory lane. Thank you so much for your commitment and dedication to Woman’s. Your efforts on Move Day will forever be remembered and appreciated!
Purchase Your WVO Raffle Ticket for a Chance to Win $5,000! Woman’s Victory Open (WVO) Golf Tournament will once again benefit Woman’s breast cancer outreach and education programs. You can help fight breast cancer by purchasing one or more $50 raffle ticket(s). Enter the drawing for a chance to win $5,000 in cash. Only 300 tickets will be sold, so be sure to purchase your tickets soon! Tickets may be purchased in the hospital gift shop or by contacting Melissa Curry (9248749 or email@example.com). Recent Donors Woman’s Office of Development would like to thank the many individuals, businesses, foundations and groups that continue to help us fulfill our mission to improve the health of women and infants. Please click here for a list of recent donors.
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The 5 annual Research Advice Day will be held Thursday, September 19 from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM in the Health Sciences Library. If you have an idea for research, you may sign up for a 45-minute private consultation with Dr. Sandra Brown to discuss and develop your research ideas. She will assist you in identifying research questions and developing a plan to carry out your study. A sign-up sheet for individual sessions is available in the Health Sciences Library (ext. 8462), or you may contact Wendy Singleton, Nursing Research Council chair, by email or at ext. 8683. Please don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity to learn more about nursing research and how to get started on your own project!
Nursing Perspectives Corner What’s fear got to do with it? By Betty Cameron, RN Have you ever heard of the saying “It comes in threes?” When fear strikes, it strikes in perils of threes! It affects the patient, the family and the medical staff involved. However fear presents itself, it can be managed and handled effectively. As a past nurse in AICU/PACU, I encountered both patient and staff alike who were victims of fear for various reasons. Now, as a nurse in Pre-Surgery Center, another link to the chain presents itself. Can you guess what it is? Yes, it is fear! Even though work locations change, fear doesn’t change. It is packaged in all shapes, sizes and colors. Fear doesn’t have a special look, a special attire or a special vessel. Fear can and does attack and affect us all in different, unique ways. Not all fear is bad or adversely experienced. How we handle fear determines whether or not we will overcome fear or whether it will overcome us. I recall a moment working in PACU caring for a postoperative patient. Suddenly, her oxygen saturation dropped in the low 90s/upper 80s, signaling the beginning of respiratory distress (breathing difficulty). My patient’s color became ashen. She was unresponsive. My heart began to pound loudly in my chest. My actions became quicker and more methodical in caring for my patient. My adrenalin surge was at its peak; the fight or flight instinct helped me become more alert and respond more quickly to the situation.
Our capable multidisciplinary team came out to lend a helping hand. We worked hard, and our patient’s oxygen saturation soon increased to the 95-100% range. This is an example of a positive response to fear. One other incident I’d like to share involved a patient I met working in Pre-Surgery Center. As stated earlier, fear comes in all shapes and sizes; thus, as healthcare providers, we must be attuned to our patient and any emotions exhibited. A young lady over 6 feet tall and weighing over 300 pounds entered the office for her preoperative appointment. Outwardly, she appeared very strong and capable. The familiar saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover” holds true in this instance. While gathering the patient’s history, she began to cry. We allowed her time to cry and regain her composure. She was afraid of the unknown. Through further conversation, many of her questions and concerns were addressed. Education is a powerful tool in helping to allay fears and anxiety. The only way that a person can be helped through any situation is by being receptive and revealing of the true self, true fears and true concerns; only then do we know what to address and how to address it. Through this medium, true healing can begin. We further found out through our discharge questioning that the patient was fearful of the lack of family support available to help her after surgery. Her mother was here to help her through surgery some years ago, but now, her mother is deceased. With the patient having no siblings and being single, she felt a loss. There was one cousin who wanted to help her but couldn’t due to her own responsibilities. It is important that we contribute a sense of hope in one’s life. As nurses, we are helpers, counselors and caregivers, but ultimately healers for aching physical and mental bodies and souls. At Woman’s Hospital, Social Services is instrumental in working with patients to help them with the various stressors in life. The patient shared with me that if someone called to check on her daily for a time, it would be much appreciated. We planned to make follow-up calls to her, and she was invited to call PreSurgery back with an update as to how she was faring. She enthusiastically agreed to do so. Remember, fear comes in perils of threes. The patient’s loved ones have fears and needs also, which have to be expressed positively if they’re to progress from the grips of immobilizing fears. The saying “I hurt when you hurt” is so true of the togetherness of patient, family and
caregiver. Together, all three units can defeat the perils of fear. That is, fear will have nothing to do with the healing process if we work together united in a teamcentered approach. By adopting a cohesive attitude of togetherness, we can share our fears and concerns in working together to overcome any obstacles. Preparing the Laboring Patient for an Epidural By Hailie Gremillion, BSN, RN When a nurse asks expecting mothers what they are most nervous about with respect to their labor and delivery, their answer is usually the same: most women are scared of getting an epidural. Reasons for being scared usually come from stories they have heard from friends, family or the Internet. Most stories are very similar. Expecting mothers are usually scared of the needle, the pain, the possibility of becoming paralyzed, the way the epidural will make them feel, or how it will affect the baby.
There are other important facts that the nurse should point out to the patient. For example, it is important to inform her that the medication will not affect the baby or herself. The medication used simply provides a nerve block to the lower half of the baby and will not cause the patient or baby to become “drugged.” The epidural allows the patient to stay alert and awake while being pain free. The patient should also know that once the epidural is in place, the she will need to remain on her side. Every two hours, the nurse will turn her to the opposite side, check her cervix and empty her bladder unless she has a Foley catheter in place. The epidural catheter will remain in place until the baby delivers, any necessary repairs have been made and the patient’s bleeding has stabilized. Within a few hours, most patients are able to begin feeling their legs and walking again. Permanent nerve damage and paralysis are rare after receiving an epidural.
It is important as nurses to calm women’s fears and help them relax. In doing that, we try to give them factual information regarding the epidural and the process in which it is performed. It is important to first let them know that Woman’s Hospital’s policy does not allow family members to stay in the room for the procedure. The nurse stays in the room with the patient and is her support person during the epidural. The entire process usually takes only five to 10 minutes. Shortly after, the patient will experience complete relief.
Although most expecting mothers’ biggest fear during delivery is the epidural, there is little reason for them to be fearful. Appropriate support, instruction and reassurance by the nurse will help to calm these fears, and correctly establish the patient’s expectations. Bottom line: for many mothers, the relief experienced by most from an epidural is well worth the minor pain experienced during the administration of the anesthetic.
Once the patient requests an epidural, the nurse will give the patient a fluid bolus of lactated ringers to prevent the patient’s blood pressure from rapidly dropping after receiving the epidural. After the fluid bolus is complete, the nurse will assist the patient in sitting up in the correct position. The anesthesiologist will first clean the patient’s back and then apply local anesthetic. A needle is only used to insert the epidural into the epidural space between the bones on the spine. After it is in place, only a small flexible catheter remains in the patient’s back. Tape is then placed along the patient’s back to hold the catheter in place.
Tips on Faxing Protected Health Information (PHI)
It is important for the patient to understand that the epidural will take away pain, but it cannot relieve pressure felt as the baby moves down the birth canal for delivery. This is a common misconception.
Compliance Corner Programmed Numbers: - Take your time and carefully select the correct programmed number. - Confirm the number before you press “Send.” - When first programming a fax number, send a test fax without PHI to confirm you entered the correct phone number. Manually Dialed Numbers: - Read back the fax number to the intended recipient when they give you a fax number. - Verify the number on the fax number screen before you press “Send.” - If possible, call the recipient after you send the fax containing PHI to ensure its receipt is correct. - Always use a fax cover sheet with your name, phone number, the name of the intended recipient, number of pages sent, and a confidentiality statement.
- Don’t leave fax machines unattended in areas accessible by the public. - Only fax PHI to a secure fax location. Misdirected Faxes: - If you discover that a fax was sent to an unintended location, notify your supervisor and our privacy officer, Danielle Berthelot, immediately. - If possible, contact the unintended recipient, and ask them to destroy the faxed material in a manner so that it cannot be read.
Environmental Services Corner A few questions have recently surfaced regarding recycling at Woman’s Hospital. Woman’s does indeed participate in a recycling program! We invested in a separate waste compactor for the new campus; its sole purpose is for recyclable material (cardboard, aluminum, paper, etc.). This compactor is serviced by our waste vendor once a week. The material that is placed within it is sent to the Baton Rouge Recycling Foundation. As you round through the building, you have probably noticed the triple waste receptacles throughout building. Within each of these receptacles, there is a split for recyclable material (a spot designated for cans and bottles, a spot for paper, and a spot for regular trash). We encourage you to participate in Woman’s Recycling Campaign by bringing items to these designated bins throughout your work day. If you have any recycling questions, please call Dustin Beasley, EVS Director, at 231-5274. Thank you for your efforts in assisting us in “going green” and being considerate of the environment!
V2V Linen Utilization/Conservation Team and V2V Non-Labor Inpatient Core Team Update Woman’s will soon be kicking off an “environmentallyfriendly” linen utilization and conservation campaign! Linen usage in our organization is high in comparison to other healthcare organizations. Recently, our V2V In-
Patient Care Team launched the linen utilization conservation initiative to focus on our linen utilization practices. Interdepartmental team members have evaluated our current linen utilization practices specific to patient care as well as visitors’ needs. We have inconsistent practices regarding linen usage. While we are on target with our benchmark data for the cost/pound to launder hospital linens for Woman’s, we have identified a significant opportunity for improvement with our linen usage through conservation efforts. In an effort to become more environmentally friendly and better stewards of our resources, we will be implementing our linen utilization conservation campaign in the very near future. In the coming weeks, additional information will be communicated on ways you can help us achieve our linen utilization goals. Again, your efforts will assist with protecting the environment and being more fiscally responsible.
ICD-10 Coding System Update With the October 1, 2014 implementation of the ICD-10 coding system quickly approaching, much work has been done to help prepare for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. A Steering Committee has been meeting regularly to oversee the many projects that must be completed. There is much more to do, and it will take a great deal of cooperation, commitment and communication. Coders will not be the only ones affected. Many employees have interaction with a code or provide documentation that leads to accurate code assignment, which is essential for the integrity of information used by clinicians and for accurate reimbursement. The specificity in documentation is a key ingredient to meaningful information in ICD-10. Many employees will need to be trained on ICD-10 concepts. Our employees who code will be provided with in-depth training. Our physicians will need training in the documentation needed for accurate coding. An online training system has been purchased and will be rolled out in the coming months. We have created a site on the Intranet to post general information and resources as they become available. Stay tuned for future updates.
If you have any questions, please contact Dovie Brady, RHIA, CHPS, ICD-10 Steering Committee Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Step With: Ashley Marks What is your position at Woman’s? I am the Oncology Patient Navigator/ GOG Data Manager. My job is a two-fold position. At Woman’s, we participate in Gynecologic Oncology Group, or GOG, research. This research is for women with gynecologic cancer, and I am under the direction of Dr. Fort as principle investigator. I assist in screening and enrolling patients in clinical trials. Once a patient is enrolled in a study, she is monitored for several years and my job requires close follow-up. The second part of my position is Oncology Patient Navigator. Initially, I meet with all cancer patients on which Drs. Fort and Dupuy operate. Therefore, I am involved in their care from diagnosis. I help “navigate” them through a cancer diagnosis by education, support and coordination with disciplines such as social services, dietary needs and spiritual needs. When patients have an advocate involved from diagnosis, the patient and care team always have a resource other than the physician’s office that can help give consistent care. How long have you been working at Woman’s? I have been employed with Woman’s for 21 years. However, I was a candy striper at Woman’s as a teenager in 1983. Why did you choose this career? I knew from childhood that I wanted to be a nurse. I was always fascinated with medical shows and helping people. Obviously, as a child, it is about putting band aids on wounds and not knowing what the profession really is about. However, my decision never changed. I enjoy helping people and I feel like nursing is my spiritual gift that God gave me. What are the qualifications of your position? For my position, you must be an RN with oncology nursing experience. Chemotherapy experience is a must, as are good communication skills, ability to establish a rapport with patients and coworkers, and good organizational skills. This job has tons of details and deadlines. What is your typical work day like? A typical day involves reviewing pathology reports, labs and chemotherapy orders as well as attending treatment August 2013
planning appointments and meetings. I also visit post operative patients and families, chemotherapy patients and inpatients who are admitted for complications related to their cancer diagnosis. I call triage, ensuring GOG protocol patients’ appointments and protocol criteria are met. I also do follow-up calls for post operative and post chemotherapy patients, and anything else that may pop up through the day unexpectedly. What is the best part of your job? The best part of my job is interacting with patients and finding out what I can do to help them feel better or get through their disease process easier. They shouldn’t feel like the disease controls their lives. As a floor nurse, we juggle so many patients and issues that we often cannot just listen with both ears and focus. I have the opportunity to listen, intervene and resolve issues fairly rapidly for patients. I feel like if I can solve an issue that is uncomfortable for a patient, I have done a good job. What are the challenges of your job? Nursing is challenging. Oncology nursing is VERY challenging, because our patients often have compromised immune systems. Oncology drugs are ever-changing. Patients’ vital statistics can change rapidly. A nurse has to be able to assist with physical, social and spiritual aspects of patient care. In my position, I basically have to keep up with all of our chemotherapy patients as individuals – how they are doing physically, where they are in their course of therapy, how their lab values are, side effects that need to be addressed, social issues, etc. I need to stay on top of changes. With roughly 85 chemotherapy encounters in the month of July alone – not 85 different patients, but 85 chemotherapy visits – that is a lot of follow-up, lab values to assess, and signs and symptoms to monitor. I also have to meet GOG deadlines, which can be very stressful. The challenge is staying organized – I have tables upon tables, calendars and sticky notes everywhere! What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work? Outside of work, my two sons, Troy (12) and Jacob (10), are my enjoyment. I am a single parent. They are involved in karate, karate tournaments and a karate weapons class. I have 1.5 acres of grass to cut, so I enjoy my music and alone time. My boys and I love to be on the go constantly. We like antique stores, eating out, hanging out with my parents and basically not planning our days, but just finding something to get into once we are out and about.
What is your favorite type of music? Country traditionally. However, right now I’m listening to The Mulligan Bros (the son of a coworker, Nancy Rea, is in the band). My favorite song is “Thrift Store Suitcase.” They are my favorite. I also like The Millburn’s (Dr. Ashley Cowart’s band) CD a lot too. My favorite song of theirs is “Dizzy.”
Angela Johnson, Adult Therapy, Outpatient Stacey Williams, Patient Services
What is your favorite food in Woman’s Way Café? My favorite is the salad bar.
New Applicant: Jennifer Breaux, RN II, Mother/Baby Amy Ellis, RN II, Mother/Baby Jennifer Hagler, RN II, NICU
What inspires you? I am inspired by people with strong faith and work ethic and people who have overcome adversity and can smile and profess that God brought them through the tough seasons in their life. My kids inspire me to be better tomorrow than I am today. My patients inspire me, and my coworkers inspire me in my job to strive to do the best I can do.
Milestones 35 years: Theresa Hood, Radiology Janis Landry, Pharmacy Karen McLin, Nursing Administration Betty Thomas, Environmental Services 30 years: Edna Dixon, Labor and Delivery 25 years: Janice Windham, Operating Room 20 years: Joanne Mancina, NICU 15 years: April Denham, Mother/Baby Shannon Easley, NICU Rhonda Hughes, Information Systems Alisha Knighten, Labor and Delivery 10 years: Virginia Dammers, NICU Shari Davis, Labor and Delivery Pamela Griffith, NICU Lauren Holmes, Labor and Delivery Rusheka Williams, Assessment Center Allison Zeringue, Antepartum
Career Ladder Nursing congratulates these applicants who have entered, maintained or advanced status in the Career Ladder program:
Maintained Status: Esie Brown, RN II, Mother/Baby Ashley Buckley, RN II, NICU Lacey Callegan, RN II, Mother/Baby Lani Carter, RN II, Mother/Baby Helen Darden, RN II, Mother/Baby Sherrie Dencausse, RN II, Day Surgery Stacey Duplessis, RN II, NICU Tina Englade, RN II, Mother/Baby Cynthia Evans, RN II, Mother/Baby Courtney Fernandez, RN II, Mother/Baby Tameka Heckard-Smith, RN II, NICU Erin Hurt, RN II, Mother/Baby Pamela Jarreau, RN II, NICU Arlene Juneau, RN III, Mother/Baby Kimberly Lambert, RN II, Mother/Baby Chloe Landry, RN II, OB Float Pool Nicole Landry, RN II, Mother/Baby Tammie LeJeune, RN II, Mother/Baby Joelle Lemoine, RN II, Day Surgery Nicole McGraw, RN II, Mother/Baby Anna Mentzer, RN II, Assessment Center Mikel Miller, RN II, GYN/ONC Bonnie Mire, RN II, NICU Karen Nunnery, RN II, NICU Stephanie Powers, RN II, NICU Shawntell Robinson, RN II, Mother/Baby Brandi Roussel, RN II, NICU Leslie Roy, RN II, PACU/AICU Jenny Silbernagel, RN II, NICU Melanie Smith, RN II, NICU Gena Square, RN II, Assessment Center Cassie Wyble, RN II, Mother/Baby Advanced Status: Kathryn Wallis, RN III, NICU
5 years: Antoinette Chenevert, Assessment Center
Congratulations Fancy Manton, clinical pharmacy coordinator, has been elected as President of the Louisiana Society of Health Systems Pharmacists. She will serve as President-Elect, President and then Immediate Past President.
Employee Discounts and Promotions Dell Mid-August Promotion Football season is upon us, and Dell has an amazing offer to get you prepared for game day! Buy a Samsung 50-inch LED-Backlit LCD TV on sale for $847.99 and receive a free Samsung Mini Wall Mount ($49.99 value). Also, for those of you who are still shopping for the student in your life, their Student Offer is still available. Buy a select PC $699.99 and above and receive a $200 Promo eGift Card for use towards a tablet, Xbox or other accessory. High Grove Apartments Employees receive a 5% monthly rental discount and ½ off the security deposit.
Woman’s in the News July, The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report’s What’s New in Health Care: What’s New at the New Woman’s July/August, Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge: - Employee Helipad Yoga - Fontenot Received Healthcare Leadership Award July 17, The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report’s Daily Report: Sale of former Woman’s Hospital campus closes July 23, The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report: Cheri Johnson named VP of Perinatal Services; Amye Reeves named director of obstetrical services August 6, The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report: Woman’s Hospital President and CEO Teri Fontenot addressed the International Hospital Federation’s 38th World Hospital Congress in Oslo, Norway
A Few Good Ideas With HIPAA in mind, if you know of a remarkable patient experience, give Public Relations a call and let’s chat about the possibilities of sharing internally or externally. Call Amiee Goforth at ext. 8527 or Dana Michell at ext. 7941.
Upcoming Events Women Living With Cancer Saturday, October 5, 2013 8:00 AM-3:15 PM Renaissance Hotel Woman’s Victory Open Monday, October 7 8:00 AM Country Club of Louisiana Pink on the Plaza Sunday, October 13 5:00 PM-8:30 PM Hilton Capitol Center August 2013
Healthy “Cheat” Meals By Sandi Goebel Neely, RD, LDN Have you ever wondered if there is a way to eat some of your favorite “splurge” meals without the guilt? Below are some of your favorite foods, lightened up! Craving a pasta dish but want to save on calories or carbohydrates? Use the same sauce you normally use on your favorite Italian fare, but replace your noodles with spaghetti squash. The squash can provide you with vitamins A, B6 and C as well as the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. Squash has less protein than pasta, so be sure to add chicken, shrimp, beans or legumes to your dish. With only 42 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrates per cup (compared to pasta’s 220 calories and 42 grams of carbohydrate per cup), you have extra room on your plate for protein! To cook spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise, scrape out the seeds and then bake in the oven at 350° for 30-40 minutes. Run a fork through the squash’s flesh to create “spaghetti” strands. Is your mouth watering over chicken and fries? Bake your food instead for fewer calories and less fat! Crush enough corn flakes to coat your chicken (about two cups of crushed cereal per three pounds of chicken). Season a bowl of low-fat buttermilk with your favorite chicken seasonings (hot sauce, pepper, garlic, etc.) and add the chicken to this mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and let soak for three to 12 hours. Season your cornflakes with salt and pepper and then dredge the buttermilk-soaked chicken into the cornflake mixture. Place on a sheet tray and bake at 400°F for 45 minutes until golden and crispy. Now for the fries! Cut potatoes into wedges and toss in olive oil. Season to your liking and then bake at 450° for 45 minutes (turn halfway through). Try sweet potatoes instead for more health benefits. Craving a pizza but don’t want all of the calories or carbohydrates that go along with it? Try a homemade pizza crust made with cauliflower! This may not taste like the wheat dough you’re used to, but the cauliflower along with pizza seasonings add a great flavor and texture. You won’t even miss the “real” thing. One fourth of this crust has only 140 calories and 3.5 grams of carbohydrates! Cauliflower Crust Pizza Nonstick spray 2 1/2 cups grated cauliflower (about 1/2 a large head) 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 1/4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper DIRECTIONS 1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, and preheat oven to 425°F. 2. Grate the cauliflower using a box grater until you have two cups of cauliflower crumbles. Place in a large bowl and microwave for seven to eight minutes, or until soft. Remove from the microwave and let cool. 3. Mix in the egg, one cup mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper. Once combined, pat into a 10-inch round on the prepared pizza pan. Spray lightly with nonstick spray and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden. 4. Top the pizza with your favorite sauce and ingredients!
Now what about dessert? Most people crave something sweet, creamy and chocolaty to complete their meal. To save on calories and unhealthy saturated fats, peel two very ripe bananas and cut into one-inch pieces. Freeze the banana pieces for several hours (doing this ahead of time means you’ll always have frozen bananas on hand to satiate your craving). Throw the banana pieces into a blender and add three tablespoons of milk (try vanilla soy milk or almond milk for a little extra sweetness) and one to two tablespoons of dark chocolate chips. Blend, and what you have now is a chocolate chip ice cream/milk shake. This tastes AMAZING and will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. One half of this recipe is 185 calories and only 4.5 grams of fat. You can make this your own creation by adding in different fruit for a fruit dessert or a little bit of peanut butter for a chocolate peanut butter cup “milkshake.”
Class Calendar Classes are available to employees, Fitness Center members and the general public. View details and fees and register online at www.womans.org or call 924-8300 for more information. More classes are available at www.womans.org. Weight Loss Surgery: What You Should Know: FREE Date and Time: Thursday, September 5, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM; or Friday, September 20, 11:45 AM-12:30 PM Location: Woman’s Hospital, 100 Woman’s Way, 1st Floor, Conference Center Do you remember what it’s like to feel good? To take a walk without knee pain? To climb the stairs without losing your breath? Obesity is a medical disorder, and weight loss surgery can help you take control of your health. Registration: womans.org or 225-924-8444 Woman’s Ideal Protein® Seminar: FREE Date and Time: Tuesday, September 17, 5:30 PM-6:15 PM Location: Woman’s Center for Wellness, 9637 Jefferson Highway Woman's offers the Ideal Protein® Weight Loss Program for both men and women. Woman’s goes beyond the traditional Ideal Protein method, combining it with a comprehensive program and registered dietitians that support you every step of the way. Registration: womans.org or 225-924-8313 Body Basics for Boys: $15 Date and Time: Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Location: Woman’s Hospital, 100 Woman’s Way, 1st Floor, Conference Rooms 1&2 Preteen boys ages 10-13 will learn how their bodies grow, what changes to expect during puberty, and how to take care of themselves through informal, open discussions, a film presentation and take home materials. It is recommended that a parent or trusted adult accompany each preteen boy. Registration: womans.org or 225-231-5475 Body Basics for Girls: $15 Date and Time: Saturday, September 14, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM; or Thursday, September 26, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Location: Woman’s Hospital, 100 Woman’s Way, 1st Floor, Conference Rooms 1&2 Preteen girls ages 9-12 will learn how their bodies grow, what changes to expect during puberty, and how to take care of themselves through informal, open discussions, a film presentation and take home materials. It is recommended that a parent or trusted adult accompany each preteen girl. Registration: womans.org or 225-231-5475