News and articles from Lasalle General Hospital

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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Occupational Therapy Month

Occupational Therapy is the allied health profession

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 Month

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!!!

Speech and Physical Therapy supporting the OT Department!

Speech and Physical Therapy supporting the OT Department!

Speech and Physical Therapy supporting the OT Department!

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Relay for life winners

LaSalle Home Health Raffle 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!!!
Alicia Williams Was the winner of the Summer Fun Ice Chest Raffle by Admitting 

The winner of the Fleur De Lis Painting Sponsored by LGH Lab was:
Lana Francis!!!!
Mr. Guy Nichols
Was the winner of the Garden Raffle sponsored by the
Purchasing and Ambulance Departments!
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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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!

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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 Work 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 lab 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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