Louisiana Health Update

Wellness is about prevention first, and then intervention. A good wellness plan involves regular care. The state of Louisiana is constantly seeking to update the standards of care available to its citizens. With over 60 qualified hospitals and countless specialists and clinics, along with options for home-care, Louisiana is making strides towards a brighter, healthier future. Below is a listing of some of the state’s premium care providers.

Our Lady of the Lake (OLOL) Regional Medical Center is a community hospital in Baton Rouge. With 700 beds, more than 1,000 physicians, 4,000 team members and over 60 medical specialties, OLOL has been committed to exceptional patient care for the last 85 years.

This year OLOL was selected as the hospital of the year by the Louisiana Nurses Association. In addition, OLOL was recognized by the National Research Corporation as the Consumer Choice Award winner for the hospital with the highest overall quality and image in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area for the ninth consecutive year.

OLOL is leading the way with electronic medical record and a range of advanced technology and equipment few hospitals can match. In addition, it’s one of the few community hospitals with 100 percent of its medications bar-coded for patient safety. In fact, the hospital recently earned national recognition for its commitment to technology.

The quality of the Cancer Program of OLOL and Mary Bird Perkins is proven by our selection by the National Cancer Institute for the NCCCP pilot. The Cancer Program was one of only 14 sites in the nation selected based on proven medical leadership, phenomenal community outreach and experience in conducting clinical trials.
OLOL was established in 1923 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady and continues to set the standard for quality patient care and excellence.

For more information about Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center call (225) 765-6565 or visit www.ololrmc.com. Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) is one of the nation’s most respected groups of cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and thoracic surgeons, representing nearly every specialty in heart and vascular medicine. While most leading medical centers are located in a single facility within a large city, CIS and its staff of more than 500 dedicated CIS team members and nearly 40 physicians bring comprehensive cardiovascular care close to home by serving patients in 10 locations throughout south Louisiana. CIS offers a comprehensive heart and vascular program that includes specialized medical professionals trained in nuclear cardiology, electrophysiology, prevention services and lipid management, as well as interventional cardiovascular procedures and cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. CIS is a world-leader in treating peripheral arterial disease. The Institute uses Computed Tomography (CT or CAT scan), and specifically the 64-slice, Peripheral CT Angiography, for less invasive imaging with better results.   
                    
CIS physicians serve as clinical investigators for many new and innovative medical devices and often share their knowledge by lecturing around the country about the latest methods of treating both cardiac and peripheral arterial disease. For more information, visit www.cardio.com. At Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, patient-centered excellence is supported by their mission, vision and values. Consistently ranked in the top one percent in the nation for patient satisfaction, the team of highly skilled physicians and staff are committed to giving patients the best care possible. Thibodaux Regional offers highly specialized services, including Heart Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Pulmonology, Obstetrics, and Inpatient and Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation Services. On the leading edge of medical breakthroughs, doctors utilize the latest diagnostic and treatment technology, including the Trilogy Radiation Therapy System, which treats more types of cancers with greater precision, in less time, and with fewer side effects.

Additionally, the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System is an advanced, minimally invasive surgical approach available to patients today. A multi-phased facility expansion/renovation project, currently in progress, is designed to provide convenience, comfort, and the latest technology available for patients’ needs and expectations while expanding key services in a state-of-the-art healing environment.

For more information about Thibodaux Regional visit www.thibodaux.com.

Personal Homecare Services (PHS) celebrates ten years of providing live-in care services for the elderly throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Their services allow the elderly, disabled, rehabilitating and convalescing individuals to remain in their own homes rather than making the often stressful move to another type of living facility.

PHS works with clients personally to evaluate their cases and find a caregiver that will best meet their needs. The professional staff at PHS assumes the duties of staffing, scheduling and monitoring to assure that around-the-clock care is provided at all times. Caregivers provide medical reminders, personal daily care, hygiene services, transportation, light housekeeping and provide meals according to dietary specifications. PHS requires its independently contracted caregivers to undergo an extensive screening process including, but not limited to, criminal and motor vehicle background checks, training and references. The caregiver services are available for respite care or long-term care at affordable rates that are sometimes half of the cost of hourly rates, alleviating the problems encountered with multiple hourly caregivers in and out of the home. Personal Homecare Services is able to provide client/physician references for their services. Call 1 (877) 336-8045 today for a free evaluation and rate quote, or visit www.personalhomecare.net for more information.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) is Louisiana’s oldest and largest health insurer and has been serving its policyholders for almost 75 years. BCBSLA specializes in health insurance products for both individuals and groups, including both fully insured and self-insured (administrative services only) products for groups, a high-deductible policy that is compatible with tax-favored health savings accounts, a full line of Medicare supplement plans and Medicare prescription drug coverage, life insurance, and a complete line of voluntary group benefit options. The company also specializes in exceptional customer service by offering a menu of service options.

Blue Cross’ mission is to improve the lives of Louisianians by providing health guidance and affordable access to quality care. In 2007, Blue Cross launched the Louisiana 2 Step – a statewide campaign encouraging all Louisiana residents to “Do the 2” or take two small steps to better health by eating right and moving more.
Since 2004, Blue Cross has been the major supporter of Smart Bodies, a five-year statewide educational program to help combat childhood obesity.

For more information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, visit www.bcbsla.com. For more information about the Louisiana 2 Step or to sign up to “Do the 2,” visit www.Louisiana2Step.com or the kids’ site at www.2Step4Kids.com.

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