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.
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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Newsy bits for the fam
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.