Acadian Ambulance Service and Priority One EMS have joined forces in Southeast Texas. Acadian plans to assume the operations of Priority One EMS effective July 14. There will be no interruption of service, as all calls to Priority One EMS will be forwarded automatically to the Acadian Ambulance dispatch center. All qualified Priority One EMS medics are being offered employment with Acadian; each employee hired will receive at least equal to, if not greater, salaries. Acadian is an ESOP with 75 percent of its stock owned by the employees. It began operating in Texas in 2006 in Jefferson and Orange counties and in 2007 in Austin.
Nine Pelican Awards were presented to LGMC by the Louisiana Society for Hospital Public Relations and Marketing. The awards recognize the outstanding marketing, advertising and public relations work among hospitals statewide. Also, the National Healthcare Marketing Report announced its list of winners, with a Gold, two Silvers, and a Merit awarded to LGMC. The Lafayette General team includes Mark Attales, director, Leslie Davis and Patrice Doucet, communications specialists, and Kim Morse, graphic designer. National Healthcare Marketing Report Awards won are: Gold, Web site/Home Page-www.LafayetteGeneral.com; Silver, New Media-Pavilion Reception Invite; Silver, Newspaper Ad/Series-da Vinci Ad Campaign; Merit, Television Ad/Series-Pavilion for women and children. The hospital’s award-winning Web site, which launched in November 2008, was created by local web development company, Bizzuka. The team won Pelican Awards for Television Advertising, Single-da Vinci Small Incision; Television Advertising, Campaign-Pavilion for women and children; Annual Report-Looking Forward to Life; Print Advertising Campaign, black and white-Hospital Week series; Brochure-Pavilion Never Miss A Moment; Direct Mail Campaign-Lafayette General Imaging; Writing/External Audience-Pavilion Never Miss a Moment; Jacqueline Leonhard Award for Writing Excellence-Pavilion Never Miss a Moment.
The prestigious Best of Show Jacqueline Leonhard Award for Writing Excellence has been awarded to LGMC for the third year. For the second year, Leslie Davis took home the top honor for the Pavilion Never Miss A Moment brochure. To view some of these award-winning pieces, visit www.lafayettegeneral.com/advertising .
Dr. Kenneth E. Brown Sr. was appointed to the LAMMICO board of directors. Brown practiced OB/GYN in Lafayette and currently serves as the medical director and chief medical officer for the Woman’s Health Foundation in Baton Rouge. He is a graduate of the Howard University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Louisiana at the LSU School of Medicine-New Orleans. Later in his academic career, Brown earned an MBA from UL Lafayette. Brown will continue to serve on LAMMICO’s underwriting committee.
Dr. Glynn A. Granger, a general surgeon, is a recipient of the Physician’s Recognition Award by the American Medical Association for March 2009. The AMA, which encourages and supports the art and science of medicine, created the Physician’s Recognition Award in 1968. It is the most widely accepted certificate for recognizing physician achievement. It acknowledges qualified physicians who stay up to date with medical advances by participating in different educational activities.
Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Southwest Medical Center and Dauterive Hospital in New Iberia, affiliates of HCA Inc., recently combined under the umbrella of The Regional Health System of Acadiana to better establish their regional presence. That decision has apparently also led to yet another name change for Southwest Medical Center, once called Medical Center of Southwest Louisiana. It has been renamed The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana. Additionally, Women’s & Children’s Hospital and The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana are combining under a single license, creating one hospital with two complementary campuses and a total of 252 licensed beds, 51 NICU beds and 45 bassinets. (Women’s & Children’s Hospital is referred to as Women’s & Children’s Hospital, a campus of The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana.) And while the affiliated health care facilities in the regional health system also include Dauterive Hospital, the New Iberia facility is not part of the consolidation of Women’s & Children’s Hospital and Southwest Medical Center and is retaining is current name.
Registered Nurse Fred Lavergne, a patient care nurse at Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital, was named one of the area’s outstanding nurses at the Acadiana Celebrates Nursing program at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette. The event is held annually to recognize and honor nurses who exemplify outstanding nursing practices. It is sponsored by the Louisiana State Nurses Association, District IV, which includes seven parishes in Acadiana. Twenty-five registered nurses, nominated by colleagues, friends, family and/or patients, are selected by a committee of their peers.
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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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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.