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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A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
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It’s on, y’all. Fest fIND, our annual Festival International de Louisiana reader contest, is now accepting photo submissions.
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Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
Fashion and music make great bedfellows
Producers, manufacturers, restaurants and chefs host roundtable and tasting
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
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Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Local boutique celebrates all things green
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.