health care

New Orleans East
11:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

New Orleans East Groundbreaking Heralds Return of Hospital

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Archbishop Gregory Aymond are among the dignitaries set to take part in the groundbreaking for a facility aimed at bringing full hospital service back to the New Orleans East area.

The $130 million project is to be constructed on the site of the former Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital.

Friday's ceremony, which had been re-set after a pre-holiday postponement, marks the pending return of a full-service hospital to an area hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Woman's Hospital
9:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge Celebrates 300K Births

Woman's Hospital is celebrating and welcoming its 300,000th baby.

The infant — a boy — was born Thursday at 5:58 a.m.

Woman's delivered its first baby in November 1968, its 100,000th baby in August 1985 and its 200,000th baby in September 2000.

To celebrate the latest milestone, the hospital is asking everyone who was born or had a baby at the facility over the past 44 years to share in its 300,000 "Babies Badge" on the social networking site Facebook.

Health
8:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Loyola Student's Anti-Obesity Effort Wins Grant

A Loyola University student has won a grant to help teach health care providers at a New Orleans area school counseling skills aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

The $4,000 grant from the American Nurse Practitioner Foundation is going to Monica Alleman, a student in Loyola's Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Alleman is teaching health care professionals at John Ehret High School in Marrero a technique called motivational interviewing. It involves speaking to patients in ways that illicit the patients' own solutions — instead of trying to command behavior.

Latest News
12:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Ochsner Doc Named to Medical Board

Dr. Joseph Bisordi has been named to the board of directors of the American Medical Group Association.

Bisordi is executive vice president and chief medical officer for the Ochsner Health System.

The association, headquartered in Alexandria, Va., represents a variety of organizations in the health care field.

Bisordi is responsible for overseeing all aspects of physician performance and clinical operations at Ochsner's hospitals and clinics and its physician group practice.

He is a graduate of Manhattan College and Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Health Care
6:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Friedman Named VP at Peoples Health

Jeffrey Friedman has been named vice president of clinic operations for Peoples Health.

He is responsible for clinics owned by the parent company, PH Holdings, and for management services available to the company's network of physician providers in a 14-parish area that includes New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Friedman previously held senior positions in hospital administration with three acute care hospitals and was the executive director and co-owner of Diagnostic Imaging Services, a New Orleans imaging center.

Latest News
1:58 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

New Southeast Louisiana Hospital Firm Hires About 125 of 354 Laid Off

The new private operator of a St. Tammany Parish psychiatric hospital has hired about 125 of the 354 workers laid off by the state.

Friday was the last day of work for many employees of Southeast Louisiana Hospital, who were laid off when the state decided to privatize it, the Advocate reports.

Meridian Behavioral Health System takes over Wednesday.

It's not clear exactly how many people will be left without a job, because some state employees are retiring and a few others are transferring.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Affordable Care Act Deadline Approaches

The deadline is approaching this week for governors who opted out of provisions of the Affordable Care Act to change their minds. Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal is refusing to set up a state-run health insurance exchange for people who can’t afford plans in the current market.

Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu is turning up the pressure on Jindal. She wants the state to establish a system under the new guidelines instead of having the federal government impose general standards.

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LSU Hospitals
12:53 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

New plan for LSU health cuts could come next week

The new chief of the LSU health care system says he's hoping to detail plans for new and reworked cuts across the public hospitals to the university's governing board next week.

Frank Opelka, LSU's executive vice president for health care and medical education redesign, is reviewing the cut decisions made by his predecessor, who was ousted from the job.

The university-run health network is bracing for continued budget cuts. The Jindal administration has stripped a quarter of the health system's funding in response to a drop in federal Medicaid financing.

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Health Care
1:09 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Health groups sue Donelon over Isaac action

Two health care groups have filed a lawsuit against Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, over an insurance coverage change he made after Hurricane Isaac.

The lawsuit by the Louisiana State Medical Society and the Louisiana Hospital Association was filed in Baton Rouge district court late Monday, challenging an emergency rule Donelon issued on Sept. 4.

The emergency rule affected health insurance policies in 23 parishes.

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LSU Hospitals
12:42 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

LSU looking for private health care partnerships

The new head of the LSU health care system says he might rework the cuts his predecessor made across the public hospitals and enact deeper slashing at some facilities, as the university-run health network braces for continued drops in funding.

Frank Opelka's comments Friday came as the LSU Board of Supervisors authorized the start of a search for private investors and health care companies who might be interested in running some of the university's hospitals.

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