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Administrative Assistants/Secretaries Day!

Administrative Professionals Day recognizes and celebrates the work of secretaries

A little bit about this day……

Administrative Professionals Day recognizes and celebrates the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, and other office professionals for their growing and diverse contributions to the workplace.

Administrative Professionals Week was originally organized as “National Secretaries Week” by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and a consortium of office product manufacturers in 1952. Mary Barrett, president of the National Secretaries Association (now called the International Association of Administrative Professionals) and C. King Woodbridge, president of Dictaphone Corporation, were serving on a council charged with addressing a national shortage of skilled office workers that existed at the time. Together with Harry Klemfuss, public relations account executive at Young & Rubicam, they originated the idea for a secretaries week campaign.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer proclaimed the first National Secretaries Week held June 1-7, 1952, with Wednesday, June 4th designated National Secretaries Day.

In 1955, the National Secretaries Association changed the date of National Secretaries Week to the last full week of April, with Wednesday of that week being designated National Secretaries Day. The name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981 when the National Secretaries Association became Professional Secretaries International (PSI).

In 1998, PSI changed its name to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), to further reflect the expanding role of office staff. In the year 2000, the IAAP – official sponsor of the event – announced that the name would change from “Professional Secretaries Day” to “Administrative Professionals Day.” The name change was made to keep in step with the changing job titles and expanding responsibilities of today’s administrative workforce. IAAP continues to believe in the importance of this event in calling business attention to the increasing value and contributions of administrative professionals in today’s workplace.

 We at LaSalle General Hospital would like to thank our Administrative Professionals/Secretaries that make this hospital run smoothly day to day!

General News

National Lab Week

national lab week

National Lab WeekNational Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is April 22-28
We would like to take a moment to THANK our Lab Department for all that they do for LGH and our patients!

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is an annual celebration of the medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in every aspect of health care. Since they often work behind the scenes, few people know about the critical testing they perform every day. Lab Week is a time to honor the more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals around the country who perform and interpret more than 10 billion laboratory tests in the US every year.

It’s your week, medical laboratory professionals and pathologists! As part of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (April 22-28), the American Proficiency Institute (API), the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), and The Joint Commission recognize the important work you do every day to help detect, diagnose, and monitor serious diseases. You really do get results!  (

If you see these ladies this week Please tell them they are appreciated!!!!


National Lab Week


(L-R)  Amy Dotson, Lab Tech, Supervisor; Becky Estis, Lab Tech; Amber Johnson, Phlebotomist; Leslie Bruner, Lab Assistant


(L-R)  Amy Dotson, Lab Tech, Supervisor; Becky Estis, Lab Tech; Amber Johnson, Phlebotomist; Leslie Bruner, Lab Assistant

(L-R)  Ilene Capps, Lab Tech; Marie Sharp, Lab Assistant; Evelyn Barker, Lab Tech, Supervisor; Paula Arnold, Phlebotomist

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Relay For Life Winners


We would like to say THANK YOU to all of you that supported these raffles!!! Here are a list of the raffle winners!!!!


  • Shelia Martin-1st 
  • Phyllis Bryan- 2nd
  • Christina Pennington-3rd
  • Lana Francis- 4th 

These were the winners of the Business Office Easter Basket Raffle!!!

Winner of the Summer Fun Ice Chest Raffle by Admitting 

  • Alicia Williams  

Winner of the Fleur De Lis Painting Sponsored by LGH Lab was:

  • Lana Francis!!!!

Winner of the Garden Raffle sponsored by the
purchasing and Ambulance Departments!

  • Mr. Guy Nichols

LaSalle Home Health Raffle Winners:

  • Kirby Jones won the Car Care Basket
  • Larry Wayne Hopkins won the Movie Basket 

The LaSalle Nursing Home also raffled off baskets to raise money for Relay For Life! Here are the winners!

  • Easter Basket: Joyce Posey
  • Chi Hair Basket:  Lana Francis
  • Date Night Basket: Rachel Stevens
  • Spa Basket: Amber Steen
  • Cooking Basket: Phyllis Bryan
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Occupational Therapy Month April

Occupational Therapy Department

The Month of April we recognized our Occupational Therapy Department!

Occupational Therapy is the allied health profession that focuses on maximizing a person’s ability to participate in life independently. People who can benefit from occupational therapy can range from the tiniest newborns to senior citizens, and all the ages in between. The goal of an occupational therapist is  to enable those who are temporarily or permanently disabled to be as independent as possible in the areas of work, home, self-care, and leisure skills while recovering from or adapting to their disability. Occupational therapy is provided in a number of different settings which include: schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, and mental health clinics. LGH offers outpatient, home health, inpatient, and nursing home care. If you or a loved one has a health problem or injury that prevents you from learning, working, dressing, eating, or just doing the things you want to do, Occupational therapy can help!

Here is your OT Department:

Occupational Therapy

Brittney Windham-COTA, Stephanie Paul-COTA, Julie Bird-LOTR 


LGH appreciates all the hard work that you do!

We have a wonderful therapy department that includes Occupational, Physical, and Speech therapies. Speech and Physical
Therapy showed their support to the OT Team by making t-shirts. Here are a few pics!!!

Occupational Therapy                  Occupational Therapy

People & Employees

March Employee of the Month


Congratulations to JENNY DECKER, RN!! Jenny is LGH’s March 2012 Employee of the Month! Jenny is an RN for LaSalle Home Health and has been employed with us for 11 years.



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LGH hosts 2nd Annual Relay For Life Survivor Dinner

General Hospital held its 2nd Annual Relay For Life Survivor Dinner

LaLaSalle General Hospital held its 2nd Annual Relay For Life Survivor Dinner Tuesday, March 27, 2012.Salle General Hospital held its 2nd Annual Relay For Life Survivor Dinner  Tuesday, March 27, 2012. There were 38 total guests for the dinner and this included 18 Cancer survivors! The dinner started at 5:30 and they were allowed to register when entering for door prizes that were given out throughout the evening.

They were served a gumbo supper with salad bar. The Survivors were asked to each put a candle on the birthday cake that symbolizes another birthday cancer free!!!! “Celebrating  A World With More Birthdays!!!”

The LaSalle Parish Relay For Life Event will be held on Friday, April 13, 2012 from 6:00-10:00 pm. It will be held at the JHS football field. Hope to see you all there to support this great cause!

General News

LGH Introduces Patient Advocate Representative!

Medicare Value Based Purchasing Program

Medicare Value Based Purchasing Program
Patient Experience of Care

LGH Introduces Patient Advocate RepresentativeAs healthcare costs continue rising the Federal Government has decided to change the way Medicare reimburses hospitals from a system of activity to pay for performance in a system called Value-Based Purchasing. This means that hospitals that do well versus specific benchmarks will be rewarded and hospitals that perform poorly will be penalized.  Pay-For- Performance (P4P) and Patient Experience of Care are also terms that will permeate the industry as random surveys of patients are performed about how they view their recent experience in the hospital.  Every hospital will focus on the clinical aspects of the benchmarks used because that’s their primary business. But those hospitals that work to distinguish themselves in the Patient Experience of Care will set themselves apart from their competitors based on the way they educate and “treat” their patients. Think customer service not treatment of care.

There are two areas that Medicare and CMS will benchmark:

  • How closely hospitals follow best practices and meet or exceed specific clinical benchmarks

  • How well hospitals enhance the patient’s experience of care

  • The Patient Experience of Care survey will include feedback from patients on these areas:
  • How well nurses communicate with patients

  • How well doctors communicate with patients

  • How responsive hospital staff is to patients’ needs

  • How well caregivers managed patients’ pain

  • How well caregivers explain patients’ medications to them

  • How clean and quiet was the hospital  

  • How well caregivers explained the steps patients and families need to take to care of themselves outside of the hospital (i.e., discharge instructions)

  • The survey also asks patients to give an overall satisfaction rating to their hospital stay.


Recent research says that:

  •          Patients understand only about 50% of what their doctors discuss with them.

  •          60% of patients do not understand the information they are given about an upcoming treatment or procedure.

  •          In a related study, patients forgot 80% of what they were told and 50% of the remembered data was recalled incorrectly

  •          On top of this 14% of inpatients will be re-admitted within one month and up to 49% within one year.

  •          75% of these re-admissions could be prevented through supplemental patient education.


LaSalle General Hospital recognizes the importance of bridging the gap between clinical care and the entire satisfaction of our patients.  LGH recently expanded the role of one of our own, Erin Masters, into the role of Marketing / Patient Advocate.  In addition to efforts to highlight all service lines of LGH to the community and referring providers, Erin will be making regular visits to our patients while they are in the hospital.  She will be the liaison for the patients and provide feedback to the clinical and administrative staff regarding patient concerns during their hospital stay.

Erin has been an employee of LaSalle General Hospital for 2 years, she started out as Dr. Gallaspy’s Office Manager then as our Wellness Center Office Manager.  Erin has learned a lot about our hospital in the last year through assisting with coordinating marketing and public relations.  She is a graduate of University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration & Marketing.  Please feel free to send any feedback or comments regarding the improvement of patient satisfaction to Erin at

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Meet Rosie, Our New 'Employee'

Rosie was donated to LGH by the Ladies Auxiliary

Everyone take a moment to stop by the Emergency Room and greet the newest member of our staff.  Rosie was donated to LGH by the Ladies Auxiliary, they use their member dues, bake sale donations, and proceeds from the gift shop to “give back” to the hospital in forms such as this.  Rosie is a state of the art exam light.  Her coworkers said she is the brightest employee they have ever had and when she smiles she lights up the room.  She is a wonderful tool for patient care!! 

The gift shop is located at the front entrance of the hospital, if you see our Pink Ladies please tell them thank you and that we appreciate all they do.  Stop by the gift shop and check out what they have!!

Everyone take a moment to stop by the Emergency Room and greet the newest member of our staff

Everyone take a moment to stop by the Emergency Room and greet the newest member of our staff

General News

Mardi Gras at LGH

LaSalle Nursing Home

LaSalle Nursing Home paraded the halls of LGH on Fat Tuesday with residents throwing beads and candy to employees. We got some great pictures of these happy patients! Not to mention, some yummy treats and flashy beads! 

People & Employees

February Employee of the Month- Linda Gibbs

Linda Gibbs, CNA

Congratulations to Linda Gibbs, CNA who has been employed with LaSalle General hospital since December of 2003. She is our employee of the month for February 2012!! Linda GIbbs, Cna

People & Employees

Employee of the Month: January

Congratulations to our January 2012 Employee of the Month, Deann Vickers.  Deann has been an employee of LaSalle General Hospital for almost 3 years and serves as one of our Radiologic Technologists.  Thank you Deann for your hard work and congratulations!

Deann Vickers.

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Farewell and Good Luck Billy Page!

Farewell and Good Luck Billy Page!

There was a short reception for our Administrator/CEO yesterday at 2PM where employees were invited to come say their goodbyes and eat some cake and punch.  Mr. Billy was given a gift from LGH and honored at this reception with several employees attending to support his farewell.  Good luck Mr. Billy!!

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New Tenants In Medical Office

We are pleased to announce that we now have Chiropractic Services in our Medical Office!

Suite F now houses Chiropractor and a Licensed Massage Therapist.  

Along with general chiropractic services, this office also offers spinal decompression/traction as an alternative to surgery; as well as being certified in Graston Technique which is a special soft tissue technique.  They also have a hydro massage bed that uses water therapy.  Private Insurance is accepted as well as most workman’s comp cases.  For details on pricing for massages and the water bed (hydro massage) please call the office at 992-2022.  Gift certificates are available.

New Tenants In Medical Office

(L-R):  Karen Creel, Clinic Director;  Dr. Walter Creel, Doctor of Chiropractic; Rebecca Zeagler, Doctor of Chiropractic; Sadie Whatley, Licensed Massage Therapist

People & Employees

Fall 5k Run

Fall 5k Run

We held our 2nd 5K Run this past Saturday and had 35 Register for the run.  We want to say thank you to all who participated and helped coordinate the run.  The winners are as follows!

1st place overall (Men)

Moses Chelimo  17:59

Fall 5k Run


2nd Place Overall (Men)

Michael Anderson 18:03


Fall 5k Run


3rd Place Overall (Men)

Kevin Johnston 21:28

Fall 5k Run

1st Place Overall (Women)

Surmartha Wallace 23:36

Fall 5k Run


2nd Place Overall (Women)
Ashley Underwood 26:31


Fall 5k Run

3rd Place Overall (Women)

Marcia Barrett 28:42

Fall 5k Run

Category Winners:

15-19 years old:  

Garrett Lollar 46:08


20-29 years old: 

Moses Chelimo 17:59

Ashley Underwood 26:31


30-39 years old:

Daniel Breithaupt 27:23

Laurel Crouch 29:45


40-49 years old:

Monty Smith 21:58

Surmartha Wallace 23:36


50-59 years old:

Kevin Johnston 21:28

Barbara Wilson 39:34


60-69 years old:

Roosevelt Savage 25:46

Sheryl Paul 44:01


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Our Active Veteran! We are So Proud of Dr. Gallaspy!

Dr. Gallaspy has been enlisted with the National Guard since 1991, has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and remains in service with them.  He was just deployed this year to Afghanistan and continues to serve as Lt. Colonel.  Take a minute to tell him how proud we are to have him back home and here at our hospital!!

Dr. GallaspyDr. Gallaspy

Dr. Gallaspy

Dr. Gallaspy

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