Gary Keller, who retired from Opelousas General Health System late last year after serving as president and CEO for eight years, has rejoined Schumacher Group as executive vice president. Keller has as long history with Schumacher Group, where he first served as executive VP and principal in 1995. It was under Keller’s leadership that Schumacher grew from $3 million in annual revenues to $270 million in the first 12 years of operation and expanded from Louisiana into 16 states. After retiring from Schumacher in 2007, Keller continued to serve as a board member before being named CEO at Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital, where he remained until moving over to Opelousas General. A native of Baton Rouge, Keller began his career in hospital administration in 1975 at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco. He earned a BA from LSU in 1968 where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate. In 1975 he completed his MA in management and supervision from Central Michigan University. He has previously held major leadership positions with Quorum Health Resources and Hospital Management Professionals, as well as conducted an active consulting practice. Schumacher Group also announced that Keith Cantrell of Dallas has been promoted to the newly created position of chief revenue officer, an executive level position in which he will oversee revenue operations for its emergency medicine, hospital medicine and urgent care divisions. The Texas native has more than 15 years of health care revenue cycle management experience on both the provider and payer side. He joined Schumacher as senior vice president of revenue operations last year, having previously worked for EmCare, Pinnacle Anesthesia, Deloitte Consulting, KPMG and Arthur Andersen.
In late January, marketing, advertising and public relations agency Graham Group announced staff and management changes. Veteran Graham Group employee Kathy Andersen, who previously served as vice president/account supervisor, has been promoted to senior vice president/account service. Andersen is responsible for supervising all strategic planning associated with client accounts. Cori Webre, who has been with Graham Group since 2005, handling several of the agency’s prominent accounts, has been promoted from account executive to senior account executive. She expands her oversight of projects to include coordinating marketing and media plans and assisting with creative strategy and direction. Graham Group also announced the return of Mary Coleman, who has assumed the position of production manager. Coleman is responsible for maintaining the production schedule throughout the creation process to ensure timely and accurate results for the company’s clients and managing the production bidding process. Coleman first worked for the Graham Group in 1990. New to the team are Candace Domengeaux and Lori Joubert Cherry. An account executive, Domengeaux previously worked as a marketing and communications professional for more than 17 years with a variety of organizations, including TMP Worldwide, SRJ Marketing and Baylor Health Care System. Cherry joins Graham Group as public relations account executive and is responsible for developing and implementing earned media strategies. She recently served as the deputy commissioner of public affairs for the Louisiana Department of Insurance and spent 10 years in the corporate communications division of Southwest Airlines.
MidSouth Bancorp Inc. announced that businessman Leonard Q. “Pete” Abington has been named to its Board of Directors and to the Board of its subsidiary, MidSouth Bank. For the past 28 years, Abington served as Chairman of Many, Louisiana-based Peoples State Bank, which merged with MidSouth Bank in December. Now serving on MidSouth Bank’s Directors’ Loan Committee and the Bank Compliance and Bank Building Committees, he remains active in the operations of the bank. A lifelong Many resident and Louisiana Tech alumnus, Abington formed the one-bank holding company PSB Financial Corporation in 1984 and purchased the outstanding shares of Peoples State Bank. He was the bank’s primary shareholder until its merger with MidSouth Bank. For three decades, Abington owned and operated automobile dealerships throughout the state and now works as a real estate developer and cattle farmer. He also is a partner in nursing homes in Many, Mansfield, Zwolle, Rosepine, Kinder, Lake Charles, DeQuincy and Pineville.
In March 2012 Advance Products & Systems completed a 65,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at 108 Asset Ave., the same location of a 2010 fire that destroyed its manufacturing facility. In December the company held a dedication and blessing of the new facility by Msgr. Charles Mallet. APS presented a $1,000 check to the Lafayette Firefighters’ History Organization for its fundraiser for the refurbishment of a 1924 fire engine to be used in parades.
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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