Category Archives: Health & Medical

State Health Officials Hold Public Forum

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State health officials meet with providers and families to talk about long term managed care.  The state is transitioning patients from long-term care paid for my Medicaid to what is being called a new model for this service.

Louisiana is among the states rejecting expanded Medicaid through Obamacare.
KLAX ABC 31 News 2/25/14

NSU To Go Smoke-Free

Another Central Louisiana university will go smoke-free.  Northwestern says it will rid itself of tobacco by August 1st.  LSU of Alexandria made the announcement last week to do the same.
It will cover all interior spaces at NSU and branch campuses, all vehicles, moving or parked, and apply to faculty, staff, students and visitors.
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Cellular One Customers’ Newest Feature Offers Low-Cost Medical Care

Cellular One customers in Texas and Louisiana can enjoy real-time access to advice from licensed, board-certified physicians for a wide range of non-emergency medical issues.
Using their wireless device, with iSelectMD Mobile, Cellular One customers can speak with a Board-Certified Physician via voice or video services like Skype or FaceTime to resolve everyday illnesses or consult [...]

Baton Rouge Man Struggles to Get Medical Coverage For His Family

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Louisiana Health and Hospitals says it has a safety net to help people who are uninsured in the state.
Rebecca Buchanan spoke with a man who says he can’t find those options.  His bills are piling-up as his health is declining.

The Reeds say they’ve written letters to several state officials, but have yet to receive a [...]

Rapides Regional Medical Center goes ‘Red’

[ February 7, 2014; ] Hospital invites Central Louisiana to wear red, promote women’s heart health
ALEXANDRIA, LA – Join Rapides Regional Medical Center employees as they promote women’s heart health on National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 7.

This one-day event will take place nationwide – and include millions of women, companies, community organizations and cities. Everyone can participate. All you [...]

Rapides Regional Medical Center department closings

ALEXANDRIA, La., Jan. 28 – Due to today’s wintry weather, several Rapides Regional Medical Center departments are closed or are closing early today.
Those that are closed:
Rapides Cancer Center
Rapides Wound Healing Center, which is also closed Wednesday
Rapides Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab, which is also closed Wednesday
Rapides Regional Physician Group primary care offices in Pineville and Lecompte
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Julius McLaurin, former CEO of Rapides Regional, dies

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The long-time president and CEO of Rapides Regional Medical Center, Julius McLaurin, has died at the age of 90.
He ran the hospital from 19-70 to 1988 and steered the hospital from its ownership by the Louisiana Baptist Convention into what became Rapides Regional.
Services are Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at First Baptist, Pineville, with arrangements by [...]

Workshop for youth with Type 1 diabetes and their parents

[ January 4, 2014; ] Will and Laura are a “real” family living with type 1 diabetes and have experienced many of the same thoughts, experiences and feelings as their audiences.  They are also a trained youth/parent team who will lead a free workshop for youth with type 1 diabetes and their families at 10 a.m., January 4 in CHRISTUS [...]

“Tree of Life” On Display at Rapides Regional

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A special sculpture is delivered to Rapides Women and Children’s Hospital.  This “Tree of Life” was created by participants in the John Eskew Project.
This project at River Oaks directs developmentally disabled clients ages 17 to 35 in art projects.  The instructors say it’s a healing and creative outlet for teens and young adults.
The sculpture they’ve [...]

Huey Long Hospital Transforming into Urgent Care Clinics

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The transformation of Huey Long Hospital into an urgent care clinic is underway.  This is the first of four temporary buildings to be set up at Huey Long, which is closing.  The buildings arrived in 11 separate pieces.
Eventually, the complex will include an urgent care, specialty clinic and pharmacy, all serving the Pineville side of [...]