Health updates from around the state
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Lafayette Audiology Manager wins Service to Mankind Award
Lafayette – Sherry Mouton, Audiology Manager at University Hospital and Clinics received the Lafayette Breakfast Sertoma Club’s “Service to Mankind Award” which is given to an individual for going above and beyond their normal duties to help others with hearing difficulties. Mouton, has been with UHC for 15 years and has spent nine years in her position as manager. The Audiology Department at UHC recently expanded to provide pediatric amplification using an advanced Auditory Brainstem Response testing system. ABR, without requiring sedation, screens newborns and young infants, gauges adult hearing loss or detects other nerve and brainstem damage.
LSUHSC Creates Comprehensive Cancer-Management Program
Statewide – A new initiative will boost economic health and potentially save the lives of minorities and underserved community members with cancer. Over the next five years, LSU Health Sciences Center will build a regional cancer clinical trials network, thanks to a $5.6 million grant. The focus of the Gulf South Minority/Underserved NCI Community Oncology Research program is minority and underserved patients, who die at higher rates from cancer than others. The comprehensive cancer-management program creates a network of researchers, nurses and physicians from both teaching institutions and private medical facilities in Louisiana and Mississippi.
LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans partnered with LSU Health Shreveport and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to successfully compete for the grant, one of only 12 of its kind in the country funded by the National Cancer Institute. The Gulf South NCORP clinical trials network currently includes 25 clinical sites across Louisiana and Mississippi, covering 80% of the population of Louisiana and portions of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. More clinical sites will be added as the program develops to provide access to advanced cancer care to all of our citizens. It has been estimated that this could bring in many millions of additional dollars over the grant period as well.
Shreveport School of Medicine Receives Re-Accreditation
Shreveport – After 18 months of preparation, the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine was granted a full eight-year re-accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. LCME reviewers visited the school for several days, performing extensive research and reporting. The school was praised for its information technology program. Without accreditation, the school would go without federal funding, lose its medical residency programs and graduates would not be able to obtain medical licensing in most states.