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.
Congratulations to Stella Theriot and seven friends who will enjoy a private dinner hosted by INDEats and EatLafayette
The City-Parish Council on Tuesday will be asked to sign off on an agreement between UL Lafayette and Lafayette Consolidated Government that would expand mass transit opportunities for UL students by adding five additional buses to its shuttle run between Cajun Field and campus.
Four bedroom traditional or three bedroom French home
Louisiana's high school seniors are making increased strides on Advanced Placement exams.
The hip little River Ranch shop will open in the Acadiana Center for the Arts in time for the September ArtWalk.
Hot prints and cool wolves
The Alabama game is sold out but tickets for all other homes games can be purchased online at www.LSUtix.net.
Among the one-percenters nationally, Louisiana's fattest cat is a relative pauper.
The Republican governor sent a letter Thursday to the president, saying placement of the children in Louisiana could have "potential negative ramifications."
Many laws are minor, though some impact health care options, change educational programs and reach into people's everyday activities.
Responding to Tuesday’s federal appeals court decision to save Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, Esquire magazine profiles the unique story behind one of the doctors working at the clinic in Jackson.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette’s first-ever Whole Foods Market will open its doors in September.
In reacting to the recently resurrected allegations of sexual abuse among local clergy, is the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette maintaining its old stance of protecting their own?
Louisiana's annual state sales tax holiday is Friday and Saturday.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
Breakfast favorites served on a bubbly crust pair with a crisp salad
NJ lady beats Donald Trump; Israel calls up more troops; border hearings accelerated and more national and international news for Thursday, July 31, 2014.
State Rep. Lenar Whitney — one of a handful of Republican candidates vying for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional district — has been described by Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman as one of the most “frightening or fact-averse candidate[s]” he’s ever met following her reaction to an interview last week.
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Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools.
An investigation into the last-minute passage of a pension hike for the state police superintendent continues, despite Col. Mike Edmonson's decision not to accept the increase.
Four bedroom traditional Youngsville home or three bedroom traditional Broussard home
On Tuesday, a three judge panel (voting two to one) of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional Mississippi’s controversial law requiring that physicians who perform abortions maintain admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.
Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March.
Sentencing has been delayed for a businessman who provided key testimony in the corruption case that resulted in the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
The spectre of priest sex abuse has returned to haunt the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette following the recent release of an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio, revealing new allegations of another child predator hiding behind the clerical collar.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
A ballpark snack topped with BBQ meat can be found cruising town on a food truck
"Although the administration is moving forward with climate change regulations at home, we don't consider how policy decisions in the United States impact greenhouse gas emissions in other parts of the world," says Roger Martella, the former general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush.