A recent agreement signed between seven of Lafayette's neurosurgeons and Lafayette General Medical Center is turning out to be a major boost to LGMC's surgery business.
"Our neurosurgery business has been quite brisk, accounting for a lot of increased volume in surgery," says Donna Landry, LGMC's senior vice president/administration.
In mid-March LGMC and Lafayette Neurosurgical LLC, consisting of neurosurgeons Alan Appley, Thomas Bertuccini, Luiz DeAraujo, Stephen Goldware, Patrick Juneau III, Ricardo Leoni and Ilyas Munshi, announced the creation of a regional neuroscience center at the hospital. (The only neurosurgeon in town not affiliated with the group is Dr. Nancy Lynn Rogers, who practices at Women's & Children's.) Landry says plans call for the center to be established within the hospital's existing infrastructure. "There are no plans on the table for a physical building."
Neuroscience centers address clinical programs and patient services related to surgical treatment of the brain and spine, as well as neurological disorders such as stroke, dementia, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.
The outcome of this reshuffling of neuro procedures is affecting the bottom line of Our Lady of Lourdes, which is already struggling to overcome a loss of cardiac and other types of surgical procedures from the year-old Heart Hospital of Lafayette and Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital ("Special Forces," April 27).
Six of the surgeons involved in developing the neuroscience center at LGMC are also investors in LSSH. Only Munshi is not. No brain procedures are performed at LSSH, according to Juneau, and the doctors will continue to do shorter stay procedures at the hospital, a for-profit venture also offering orthopedic, ENT, urologic and general surgeries.
Though the neurosurgeons have maintained their privileges at Lourdes, the clear mission of the new initiative is to consolidate the work at one facility. "Ultimately, that is the goal," says Juneau. "We think it's in the community's interest to have a center of excellence in one place. Trying to have two neuro centers in a community this size does not make sense."
Lourdes spokesman Berch Stelly says the group of doctors also negotiated with Lourdes. "We did present a plan to the neurosurgeons for establishment of a neuroscience center. We believe Our Lady of Lourdes is the most technologically prepared facility to establish a neuroscience center of excellence," he says. The Lourdes rep says he's unsure why LGMC's proposal was accepted over Lourdes' offer.
"There are concrete reasons we ultimately chose Lafayette General," Juneau says. "General has to provide all the infrastructure. It is a huge investment on the part of the hospital, [including] nurses, manpower, equipment. There is some financial incentive for us to build and run the center," he says, declining to release any specifics of the financial arrangement with the hospital.
Juneau says the doctors aren't sure what level of relationship they will maintain with Lourdes but that discussions are ongoing. "It would be nice to keep Lourdes in the mix. I don't know how it's going to shake out. We'll wait and see. I think a lot will happen in the next three to six months.
"Medicine is evolving, and we have to be open to change," Juneau adds. "It's a different world."
Stelly would not provide specifics on what percent of Lourdes' surgery business is related to neuro procedures. Landry says neuro has historically accounted for 11 to 18 percent of LGMC's surgery business.
As for the big issue at hand ' whether the trend toward boutique hospitals and specialized centers of care leaves room for two community-based not-for-profit hospitals in Lafayette ' Juneau says it's too soon to make the call. "I don't know the answer to that," he notes. ' LT
HUB CITY NO. 1 FOR BUSINESS
Lafayette ranked as the best place in Louisiana to do business, according to Inc. magazine's May issue, which also ranked Lafayette 68th in the country.
In determining the "Best Places for Doing Business in America," the New York-based monthly magazine examined 274 population centers, looking at job creation and job sector diversity.
Lafayette's index score of 60.9 is based on the job growth rate over the past year and the averages of employment data from 1994 to 2004, along with growth rates in sectors like manufacturing, health care, financial services, retail and hospitality. Lafayette's job growth rate in the past year is 1.1 percent and 6 percent over the past five years.
The biggest problem for businesses might be finding Lafayette workers. The latest job figures have Lafayette with 4.5 percent unemployment, the lowest in the state.
The Inc. ranking comes on the heels of similar accolades over the past couple of years. Last year Entrepreneur magazine named Lafayette one the most attractive cities for high-tech ventures, and in 2003 the Milken Institute ranked Lafayette first among the country's top 200 metros for growth in wages and salary. ' LT
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Wednesday'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 Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
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.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Williams knows how to pilfer from the public coffers, this time with a back-pay lawsuit filed three years ago against the Lafayette Housing Authority, which netted the former city-parish councilman a cool five figures.
McAllister's office vowed that he intended to stay in office — for now. As for questions about whether he would stand for re-election in November, those were dodged.
The Green Army's Lafayette brigade has announced it will pay a visit Friday morning to Sen. Page Cortez to urge him to vote against Sen. Robert Adley's SB 553, which the group is calling the "Big Oil Bailout Bill of 2014."
For the sixth consecutive year, Andy Nyman, LSU associate professor of wetland wildlife management, and his service-learning students plan to spend spring break differently from those students flooding the beaches of Florida.
When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.
The legislation — House Bill 503 by state Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport — passed by an 8-5 vote and advances next to the full House.
The Republican Party of Louisiana has had enough with the philandering hypocrite Vance McAllister. David Vitter? Eh...