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.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
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The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
The recently established Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association will host a special viewing of the upcoming New Orleans Saints taking on the Carolina Panthers in the open air of Parc Sans Souci on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Belief in a national outbreak of the Ebola zombie virus is becoming more of a threat every day, and The Hayride — Louisiana’s one true bastion for unrelentingly conservative political commentaries — thought it wise to share a certain special someone's “important message” with readers Tuesday on what to do when, not if, it comes.
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Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
JPMorgan Chase is giving $1 million to Louisiana's community and technical colleges, to help with workforce training efforts to match students to available jobs.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
WaPo Watergate editor Ben Bradlee dies; Clintons stump for Dems; Liberians stranded and more national and international news for Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
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Law firm unveils newly renovated 200-year-old building.
UL grad named web developer at BBR Creative
Lafayette-based emergency department staffing and management company raises $120 million in senior credit facilities through GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services.
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A common thread runs through many of those we oppose: Enshrining in the Constitution protections on programs and their funding sources has had a disastrous effect on Louisiana’s most important economic development engine.
"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children."
Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
The number of Louisianans with jobs continued to set records in September, but the state's unemployment rate kept rising.
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Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.