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.
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The perfect color for Easter Sunday
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
Egg-citing ideas for sharing at family gatherings
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 15, 2014:
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.
The life and legacy of Dave Perkins will be commemorated with a special INDesign Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2014 event on April 24.
Easy crafts in time for Easter
The Cane Fire Film Series presents “The Great Flood” on Monday, April 14, at the AcA.