Berch Stelly, who began his career at Our Lady of Lourdes almost three decades ago as director of community relations, retired from the hospital Sept. 30. The spokesman and face of the hospital on local health-related TV programs, Stelly maintained his position through four administrations. "You rarely accomplish everything that you set out to do, but I am delighted in what I have achieved," Stelly said in an e-mail message to his fellow employees. "And so I depart with a happy heart.”
Stelly has been replaced by Elisabeth Arnold, who has more than 12 years of experience marketing regional and local health care facilities. She most recently was vice president of account services for Russo Group. In addition to serving as the hospital’s spokeswoman, Arnold has oversight of organizational communication and community affairs. She also is serving as marketing liaison with key hospital partners and ventures.
Arnold has a bachelor’s degree from UL and is on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana and the University of Louisiana Alumni Council.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.