News and articles from Lasalle General Hospital

June Employee of the Month

Evelyn Barker

Employee of the Month for June is Evelyn Barker!

Evelyn is our Lab Supervisor and has been with LaSalle General since March of 2008. She is always very helpful and excellent to work with. Congratulations to you!

Evelyn Barker

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Honoring 2012 Employee Years of Service

2012 employee service party

On May 15, 2012 at our monthly Employee of the Month party LaSalle General Recognized the employees who have been at our hospital from 5-35 years. They were given, certificates, pins, plaques, and our retiring employees were given rocking chairs. Below is a listing of those employees and the years of service that have given to LGH along with a slide show from the reception.

Retiring Employees 

 Lilly F Butler

James Dosier Norris

Christine Wright

35 Year Employees

Ann Paul

Connie Parker

30 Year Employees

 Lynn Huffman

Karen Wilkinson

25 Year Employees

 Sallie Teague

Stephanie McCarroll

Kathy Lambeth

Sheryl Paul

20 Year Employees

Vicky Bignar

Todd Fannin

Daneen Walters

Connie Lambeth

15 Years Employees

Rachael Stevens

Gloria Purvis

10 Year Employees

Ellen Brown Douglas

Hank Brown

Stephanie Thacker

Cassandra Trisler

Marquitta Reeder

Norma Jean Brown

Carrie Porter

Tariq Ahmed, MD

5 Year Employees

Raymond Phillips

Ilene Capps

Leslie Bruner

Becky Estis

Amy Franklin

Phillip Postlewait

Ernest Peyton, Jr.

Edna Thompson

Barbara Brown

Sarah Hudnall

Sherrie Allison

Gloria McCoy

Michelle Sanders

Cheryl Dorsey

Julie Barton

Teresa Nelson

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Annual Emergency Disaster Drill

LaSalle General Hospital in association with the GEO Detention Facility

LaSalle General Hospital in association with the GEO Detention Facility hosted our annual External Emergency Disaster Drill on June 8, 2012.

The scenario involved a log truck speeding down Pinehill Road. The log truck struck one of LDF/GEO’s transportation vans transporting people to GEO causing the van to turn over and ignighting a fire on the transportation van.  There were some fatalities, some serious injuries, and several walking wounded.  Medical staff at GEO triaged the victims and made arrangements to transfer them to surrounding facilities as needed.  Victims were not actually taken to the local hospitals.  LaSalle General Hospital asked the Rod Brady VoTech LPN Class to pose as victims for our disaster drill at LGH.  We do appreciate the 17 LPN students who participated in our drill.  This helps us to simulate a full scale disaster and gives us very helpful practice in putting our disaster plan into effect.  The drill was a huge success and gives LGH valuable insight in our current disaster plans and how we can improve them.  We appreciate everyone for their participation and look forward to having our next drill very soon.

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National Certified Nursing Assistants Day!

June 14th is National Nursing Assistant Day!!

June 14th is National Nursing Assistant Day!!


 National Certified Nursing Assistants Day

 A Certified nursing assistant provide invaluable services for the elderly in  hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living  facilities. They also work with hospice patients and persons confined to home  but in need of nursing care, including helping with daily living (hygiene,  mobility, nutrition). WE have a great group of CNA’s that help keep our patients happy! We thank you for everything yall do.

Please take a moment to THANK our great group of CNA’s… These ladies provide wonderful care to our patients and we appreciate everything that they do!

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July 4th Raffle

Dietary Department has a “July 4th Celebration”

Dietary Department has a “July 4th Celebration” Raffle they are selling tickets for. This raffle is set up in the cafeteria and contains things like: 

52 quart ice chest, 1 gallon ice cream maker, condiments for that BBQ, 6 packs of drinks, ice cream mixes and salts, and plates, cups, napkins ect! Everything you need for a backyard celebration for the 4th!

 All proceeds will go towards Relay For Life!!

See any dietary employee for your chance to win! $1.00 per ticket!

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Blood Drive

Rod Brady Technical College BLOOD DRIVE

Rod Brady Technical College will be holding a
Thursday, June 14 @ 9-12 am 
They are located at 521 Bradford Street, Jena. 
For information call 318-992-2910.  
Please take the time to go out and donate!! 

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“A-HEC of a Summer” Program

Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center

“A-HEC of a Summer” Program

(left to right):  Program Educator Rae Lindsey, Stephanie McGuffee, Macey Roark, Naomi Reeder, Brittany Ray, Quinn Riley, and Program Supervisor Jennifer Mason

Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center (Central LA AHEC) collaborated with LaSalle General Hospital, and LaSalle Parish School Board to bring the “A-HEC of a Summer” program to students in the area. This was the eleventh year that the program has been made possible for students at LaSalle General Hospital. The program is an excellent tool by which students can explore different health care professions and make decisions about their future based on experience and observation. Students volunteered their time for fifteen days in the summer at LaSalle General Hospital.

“A-HEC of a Summer” participants were high school students who have a career interest in the medical profession. The program provided students with the opportunity to participate in health related volunteer work and the freedom to explore career interests in the various fields that comprise the world of health careers.

Students rotated through various departments in the hospital to gain hands-on experiences so they could determine for themselves whether or not a health career is a good choice for their future. They were able to obtain knowledge and experience from healthcare mentors, field trips, workshops and guest lecturers. The program supervisor at LaSalle General Hospital was Jennifer Mason and the program educator was Rae Lindsey.

The 2012 program participants at LaSalle General Hospital were Stephanie McGuffee, Brittany Ray, Naomi Reeder, Quinn Riley, and Macey Roark from Jena High School. Students were chosen on the basis of grades, a written essay, letters of recommendation and an interview. “A-HEC of a Summer” is an accredited high school course for one-half unit elective credit.

Central Louisiana AHEC is a non-profit, community-based agency that serves as a training and information resource for health and education professionals for a 17-parish region. A primary goal of Central Louisiana AHEC is to identify local needs and develop programs that will encourage health professionals to practice in rural and underserved communities where their services are urgently needed. Gabrielle Juneau, program coordinator, states that “this program is an excellent tool for students to enhance their understanding and get hands-on experience in different healthcare fields.”

Applications for next year’s “A-HEC of a Summer” will be available in September on Central Louisiana AHEC’s website at, or by contacting the guidance counselors office at your high school this fall.

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

~May is Better Hearing and Speech Month~

We would like to recognize our speech therapy department here at LaSalle General Hospital and say THANK YOU for all you do for the hospital and your patients! Pictured below are:

Rosalyn Hall, SLP and Amanda Greer, M.S., CCC-SLP

Rosalyn Hall, SLP and Amanda Greer, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) can evaluate, treat, and help prevent communication disorders and other specific impairments with individuals of all ages.  SLPs can work in a wide range of settings. Clinical environments may include: public and private hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, long-term acute care facilities, hospice, home health, and school settings.

Acommunication disorderis impairment in the ability to receive, send, process, and comprehend concepts or verbal, nonverbal and graphic symbol systems. A communication disorder may be evident in the processes of hearing, language, and/or speech. A communication disorder may range in severity from mild to profound. It may be developmental or acquired. Individuals may demonstrate one or any combination of communication disorders. A communication disorder may result in a primary disability or it may be secondary to other disabilities.

Aspeech disorderis an impairment of the articulation of speech sounds, fluency and/or voice.

Anarticulation disorderis the atypical production of speech sounds characterized by substitutions, omissions, additions or distortions that may interfere with intelligibility at   the word, sentence, or conversational levels of speech.

Afluency disorderis an interruption in the flow of speaking characterized by atypical rate, rhythm, and repetitions in sounds, syllables, words, and phrases. This may be              accompanied by excessive tension, struggle behavior, and secondary mannerisms.

Avoice disorderis characterized by the abnormal production and/or absences of vocal quality, pitch, loudness, resonance, and/or duration, which is inappropriate for an individual’s age and/or sex.

Alanguage disorder is impaired comprehension and/or use of spoken, written and/or other symbol systems. The disorder may involve (1) the form of language (phonology, morphology, and syntax), (2) the content of language (semantics), and/or (3) the function of language in communication (pragmatics) in any combination.

Form of Language

Phonologyis the sound system of a language and the rules that govern the sound combinations.

Morphologyis the system that governs the structure of words and the construction of word forms.

Syntaxis the system governing the order and combination of words to form sentences, and the relationships among the elements within a sentence.

Content of Language

Semanticsis the system that governs the meanings of words and sentences.

Function of Language

Pragmaticsis the system that combines the above language components in functional and socially appropriate communication.

Communication Variations

Communication difference/dialectis a variation of a symbol system used by a group of individuals that reflects and is determined by shared regional, social, or cultural/ethnic factors. A regional, social, or cultural/ethnic variation of a symbol system should not be considered a disorder of speech or language.

Augmentative/alternative communication systems attempt to compensate and facilitate, temporarily or permanently, for the impairment and disability patterns of individuals with severe expressive and/ or language comprehension disorders. Augmentative/alternative communication may be required for individuals demonstrating impairments in gestural, spoken, and/or written modalities.

Dysphagia is a swallowing disorder that may be due to various neurological and/or structural impairments.  Dysphagia most often reflects problems involving the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, or gastro esophageal junction. Dysphagia can cause food to enter the airway, resulting in coughing, choking, pulmonary problems, aspiration or inadequate nutrition and hydration with resultant weight loss, failure to thrive, pneumonia, and possible death.

If you recognize any of these problems and would like more information please contact our knowledgeable speech department at LaSalle General Hospital at (318)992-9200 Ext 2270 or contact your physician for more information.

We love the support that our therapy  departments show one another. Pictured below are the OT and PT department in the shirts they made in support of our Speech Therapists!!

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

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Happy Memorial Day

happy memorial day

Please take a moment today and remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day, is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, it honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

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A big thanks to our Ladies Auxillary!

Our Ladies auxiliary bunch are a great asset to LaSalle General Hospital

Our Ladies auxiliary bunch are a great asset to LaSalle General Hospital. A request was submitted to them about looking into getting some equipment better suited for our female wellness members and PT patients as well as the general public. These ladies came through!  Many times lighter weight patients or members can not lift the bars to add or subtract weight on it.  These are fixed bars with lower weights that can be used by a wide variety of members.  Since prevention and improved health is the direction /goal of the hospital we are daily looking for ways and equipment to expand our abilities to help our members.  We sincerely appreciate our ladies auxiliary for their help in obtaining this equipment.

A big thanks to our Ladies Auxillary

Our Ladies auxiliary with the new equipment

The Ladies with our new equipment and wellness director Scott Hargrove. Below is a message from Scott to our Ladies!

On behalf of the staff & members of the Wellness Center, we would like share our gratitude & appreciation for the Pink Ladies of LaSalle General Hospital.  The Pink Ladies helped with the recent purchase of some much needed equipment for our facility.  We feel this equipment will benefit everyone who uses it.  Thank you very much for your contribution, Pink Ladies.

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May employee of the month

Billy Pomeroy and Donna Paul


 To Billy Pomeroy and Donna Paul who were both chosen to be LGH’s employees of the month for May 2012.

Billy Pomeroy and Donna Paul

Billy works in Human Resources and has been with the hospital for 4 years. He loves to interact with all of our employees and does his best to help in any way possible when a problem or issue arises. Donna works in Dr. Kendrick’s office at LaSalle Family Medicine assisting our providers and taking care of all of our patients needs among anything else that needs to be tended to! She also been with the hospital for 4 years.

We appreciate both of these employees and all they do!!!

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Job Shadow Day

job shadow different departments of the hospital

On May 2, 2012 we had 15 8th grade students come and shadow different departments of the hospital. We were very glad that they chose to find out about all the different things that we do here at LaSalle General! We hope that each student learned alot and enjoyed themselves!!

These students followed in the following departments:

Ultrasound/X-Ray: Harley Lisenby and Destinee Mannon

Nursing Services: Sierra Smith, Johneshia Fair,  Jalisca Day, and Macy Moss

Information Technology: Jessey Mason who worked together with Centrylink on a project that day who were: James Mason, Todd Norris,(both with Centrylink) and their job shadower Sam Engles

Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy:  Katie Drewett, Tami Jo Ray

Diagnostics: Kourtney Bacle

Dr. Gallaspy: Jacob Peters

Purchasing: Bethsadia Suarez

Pediatrics: LeAndra Brown

 Job Shadowers 2012

 Job Shadowers 2012

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Our New bridge

great maintenance department

Thanks to our great maintenance department we now have a new “bridge” to use while walking from the hospital to the clinic and vise versa! It was very much needed! Especially when it is wet and nasty outside!

 We thank you guys for all you do for us!

Our New bridge

Pictured on new bridge:

Johnny Bradford, Doug Newman, Hank Brown , Raymond Phillips, and David Guillot

Our New bridge

“christening” the new bridge!

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National Nurses Week

Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring.

Nursing……….often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. As nurses, you work in emergency rooms, home health settings, hospitals, and clinics to name a few. You have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher – and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. Nurses Association’s 2012 theme:

 ”Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring.”

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.  The purpose of the week-long celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the health care needs of our community.

In honor of the dedication, commitment, and tireless effort our nurses provide to our patients health and safety, we at LaSalle General Hospital, would like to  say THANK YOU and recognize our nurses for the quality work they provide seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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National Hospital Week

National Hospital Week

This week we are celebrating National Hospital Week!!!

 National Hospital Week is May 6 – 12, 2012 and our employees are celebrating by reflecting on what they do and how it is important to the community. This year’s theme  is “Making Miracles Happen.” Whether it is performing an emergency operation or consoling someone while they wait, our staff are on the front line of making miracles happen daily. Here are a few facts about Hospital Week:

    • The first National Hospital Day was held on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, on May 12, 1921

    • National Hospital Day was originally conceived by a Chicago magazine editor as a public healthcare event that encouraged trust in the city’s hospitals in the wake of the “Spanish Flu” outbreak of 1918, which killed more than 600,000 Americans.

    • The event was expanded to an entire week in 1953.

    • Today, every state celebrates National Hospital Week, which is sponsored by the American Hospital Association.

    • Intended as a community-centered program, National Hospital Week engages every person in the hospital from directors to orderlies, nurses to volunteers, EMS techs to home health professionals and physicians to patients.

    • This commemorative celebration serves as a reminder that hospitals are foundations of the communities that built them and nurture them, and that hospitals serve people in every community from all walks of life.

    • Hospitals today are multi-dimensional environments that offer every medical specialty, with a focus on prevention and wellness

To Start off Hospital Week:

We would like to announce our new CEO Douglas Newman!


Many of you had the opportunity to meet Mr. Newman last week at the “meet and greets.”  Those of you that were unable to here is a little but about him and our hospital CEO history. Mr. Newman joins a long line of great leaders that have governed our hospital during its 42 year history.  Beginning with the opening of the hospital in 1970, we have been fortunate to have had progressive thinking professionals who have led the hospital in both good and bad times.

Late last fall, William E. “Billy” Page, submitted his resignation in order to pursue other career opportunities.  At that time the Board appointed a Search Committee consisting of Board Members Steve Crooks and Janice Dosher, Billy Page, CEO, and Lana Francis, Administrative Assistant.  Sixty two applications were submitted for the position.  The Search Committee did a thorough review of all of the applications using objective criteria and state required qualifications to narrow the candidates down to five.  Each of the five applicants were then interviewed on site by the full Board.

Dexter Ray was appointed Interim Administrator during this time.  Dexter has done an outstanding job in providing the leadership needed to continue and complete many ongoing projects.

Before coming to us, Doug Newman served as Chief Executive Officer at Graham County Hospital and Graham County Rural Health Clinic, Home Health & Hospice in Hill City, Kansas.  He was able to revitalize this failing hospital allowing them to reach their goal of profitability in one year.

Mr. Newman also served as Regional Director of Field Operations for Unicare/Wellpoint of Kansas for the southern 54 counties in Kansas, as well as border counties of Colorado, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  As Regional Director, he was accountable for Physician Network formation and management of provider issues that occurred through the Kansas Health Policy Authority.

Mr. Newman has a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and 20+ years experience in the field.   His areas of responsibility in other hospital CEO positions have included finance and budget administration, strategic planning, management, direction, coordination and control of the overall operations of the hospitals.

LaSalle General Hospital has always and continues to strive to meet the healthcare needs of the community.  The following demonstrates growth and progression that the hospital has recently realized.

  • Digital Mammography implementation

  • Bone Density implementation

  • Nuclear Medicine expansion

  • Echocardiography expansion

  • Holter and cardiac event monitoring expansion

  • Initiated MRI service

  • Conversion to Digital Radiography at the hospital and both rural health clinics

  • Diagnostic Imaging network (PACS system) implementation

  • Electronic Health Record

  • Expanded Surgery and Endoscopy services

  • Designed and remodeled Therapy, Wellness & Home Health building

  • Expanded Therapy Services (Speech, OT, PT)

  • Implemented Hospitalist program

  • Developed Cardiology service line

  • Installed cardiac cath lab and developed cath lab team

  • Developed hospital marketing and patient advocate program

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