Patin joins LGMD as CAO
Al J. Patin has joined the physicians’ group Lafayette General Medical Doctors as chief administrative officer starting June 24. Patin will lead development, growth and promotion of LGMD, his position providing executive leadership over multiple business units related to the operations of Lafayette General affiliates.
Patin comes to LGMD after serving as regional vice president with Parish Management Consultants in Metairie. Prior to that, he spent eight years at Lafayette General Medical Center in various capacities working as a medical services director, coordinator and as a registered nurse.
Patin has a bachelor’s degree and MBA from UL Lafayette. He also completed the Wharton School of Business Anesthesia Leadership Program in 2010.
The chief administrative officer is a new position replacing the vice president of physician practices, filled previously by Brian Kirk, who is now chief financial officer at University Medical Center.
Clowers named controller/VP of finance at Lourdes
Jennifer Jones Clowers has joined Lourdes’ Finance Department as controller and vice president of finance. Previously the assistant chief financial officer at Northwest Health System in Springdale, Ark., she has 15 years of accounting experience, including seven years at St. Francis Medical Center, a sister hospital of Our Lady of Lourdes. A Ruston native, Clowers earned a BS in accounting and an MBA from Louisiana Tech University. She is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional through the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Hospice of Acadiana names 4 new board members
Four new members were named to the Hospice of Acadiana volunteer board:
Lewis B. Bernard, a self-employed landman and Hospice of Acadiana volunteer for 13 years in the areas of caregiving, fundraising and pastoral care.
The Most Rev. Msgr. Keith DeRouen, who serves in Opelousas at Our Lady Queen of Angels and has been a supporter of HOA since 1983.
Edna T. Lastrapes, MSW, LMSW, director of aftercare and public relations at Williams Funeral Home in Opelousas.
Dwight S. “Bo” Ramsay, civic leader and owner of Aries Marine Corporation.
AHS Walk-In Clinic builds new facility on Ambassador
Acadian Health Services’ Walk-In Clinic, which has operated a walk-in clinic on Pinhook Road for two decades, is constructing a freestanding facility at 6011 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, near the intersection of Ambassador Caffery Extension and the Youngsville Highway. In its new location, AHS will continue to serve walk-in and urgent care patients and will also offer occupational medicine services such as pre-employment physicals, treatment of work-related injuries and drug/alcohol screenings.
The larger clinic will feature twice the number of patient rooms, along with two large lobbies to better accommodate patients and offer a more streamlined health care experience.
Designed by architect Kevin Gossen, the facility is being constructed by J.B. Mouton and should be complete by late this summer or early fall. More information and a full listing of services can be found at ahswalkinclinic.com.
Schumacher promotes Guillotte
Gwen Guillotte was promoted to senior vice president of revenue cycle services at Schumacher Group. Guillotte has served in RCS for the company for the past eight years. She began with Schumacher Group by forecasting revenue in the Finance Department and served as director of finance before moving into a leadership role in RCS. Guillotte has an MBA and BS degree in economics from Tulane University, where she graduated with academic honors from Phi Beta Kappa Society. She previously worked as a valuation consultant for Standard & Poor’s.
Cormier joins Coccolare Spa
Licensed massage therapist Mary Beth Cormier has joined Coccolare Spa. A native of Terrebonne Parish and a graduate of Blue Cliff College, Cormier is certified at the state and national levels in sports, Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, and myofascial styles of massage, as well as the practice of range of motion exercise. She has more than four years of massage therapy experience. Coccolare Spa is a medical spa that operates under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Glass.
LSSH named to ‘100 Great Places to Work’
Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s annual list of 100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare. The hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgery centers and physician groups included in the list offer robust benefit packages, positive work environments, excellent employee recognition programs and opportunities for professional development and continuing education. The Becker’s Hospital Review and Becker’s ASC Review editorial teams accepted nominations for the 2013 list and selected recipients based on nominations and editorial research. Retention is a strong point for nurses at LSSH, evidenced by its low turnover rates and an average of 16 years of experience. The hospital’s 190 employees can earn generous bonuses for meeting annual performance benchmarks, with added incentives for length of tenure and attendance for scheduled shifts. The hospital frequently provides meals when caseloads are heavy, and employees can earn $100 just for being nominated as employee of the year or nurse of the year, while the winners take home $1,000 each. The hospital also offers tuition reimbursement, fitness challenges, wellness support groups, monthly birthday luncheons and 401(k) matching plans.
Dr. Aldret earns sports med certification
Dr. Stephanie Aldret has earned certification in sports medicine from the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists of the American Osteopathic Association. Certification eligibility requires the physician to undergo an additional year of training focused on sports medicine. The examination evaluates an understanding of the scientific basis of the problems involved in sports medicine, the familiarity with current advances in sports medicine and of a high degree of skill in the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures involved in the practice. Aldret is a board certified family medicine physician at Regional Medical Center of Acadiana and a member of the hospital’s Sports Medicine Team. A graduate of Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, Aldret completed an internship and residency in family medicine at Oklahoma State before completing a one-year fellowship in sports medicine at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va. She served as team physician for Virginia Tech and Radford University and also provided medical coverage for Special Olympics, Paralympic qualifying events, high school sporting events, roller derby and the Seattle Mariners single-A rookie level affiliate in Pulaski, Va., before joining Regional Medical Center.
Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh rested his regulars and watched with delight as Ray Rice's backups ground out 214 yards rushing in a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
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High-profile criminal defense attorney Daniel Stanford awaits his fate in the Curious Goods conspiracy trial.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is set to put the kibosh on the legal ownership of monkeys trained to help the disabled, and the agency wants to know what you think.
A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.
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It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a South Louisiana flood board that is suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
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An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to block enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its lawsuit to overturn the law makes its way through court.
Republican presidential prospects Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are planning to speak at an Iowa Christian conservative event in September.
The attention surrounding Victor White III has spiked with the release of last week’s autopsy report, which has raised a number of serious questions about the night of his death and has put the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office under an increased wave of scrutiny as more national media outlets are jumping on the story, most recently seenh on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.
The Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority have announced a new artist stipend program, ArtSpark, designed to offer financial aid to local artists.
A group supporting taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers is appealing a federal judge's order that Louisiana must provide regular reports to federal officials on the state's voucher program.
The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden's popular "Sons of Guns" show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge.
The LPSB will finally hear from the attorney it hired to investigate the superintendent at a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m.
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Authorities are investigating a report that a student there warned the principal of impending violence similar to that depicted in the movie "The Purge."
Saints cornerback Champ Bailey has played for more than a handful of playoff teams during a career that has seen him selected to 12 Pro Bowls.
Louisiana's Republican governor has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.
Police say a 56-year-old Lafayette man walking behind a dump truck died when the truck hit him as it was backing up.
Newly established honor recognizes outstanding local attorneys; Neuner and McGoffin win President's Award; and Blanchard named Outstanding Young Lawyer.
Daily paper constructing new digs near production plant on Rieger Road at Siegen Lane, near I-10.
Investigation finds Arnaud’s Furniture, Carroll Building Specialties and Crazy Charlie’s Shoes running misleading going-out-of-business sales.
Critics say workers and retirees are being held responsible for the Jindal administration's mismanagement of their program.