Health Flashes - October 2008

The American Heart Association recognized Heart Hospital of Lafayette’s commitment to heart health in Louisiana with its 2007-2008 Heart & Stroke Champion Award. The AHA presented the award to Karen Wyble, COO of Heart Hospital and vice president of cardiovascular services at Our Lady of Lourdes. Heart Hospital is an affiliate of Lourdes. Each year, the AHA recognizes those supporters who go above and beyond to champion the organization’s mission in their communities. The Heart Hospital has supported the AHA throughout the fiscal year as a contributor to the Greater Acadiana Heart Walk, Go Red For Women’s Luncheon, and Lafayette Heart Gala.

In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Opelousas General Health System will host a “Pink Bag Luncheon” at Indian Hills Country Club on Friday, Oct. 3, beginning at 11:30 a.m. This event is part of the October “Paint the town Pink” campaign. Phyllis Pere’ and Simone Marcantel, both survivors of breast cancer, will be featured guest speakers. Participants will also enjoy a fashion show by Stage Department Store. Breast cancer survivors and members of the community are encouraged to attend. Seating is limited. For more information or to reserve a seat, call Carol Duplechain at 948-5157.

Alana Hargrave has been named support services coordinator at OncoLogics Inc., which has been providing radiation therapy services to cancer patients since 1983. Hargrave assists all radiation therapy patients of OncoLogics’ Louisiana clinics. She earned a bachelor of science in child family studies from UL Lafayette and a master’s of social work from LSU. She is a licensed clinical social worker and will oversee all survivorship plans, provide patient and family counseling, and act as a liaison between OncoLogics and Miles Perret Center, the American Cancer Society and other organizations that assist cancer patients during and after their treatments. Hargrave worked for OncoLogics while in high school and college, prior to completing her graduate studies at LSU. OncoLogics is a radiation oncology provider with corporate offices at 210 Coolidge St. It has eight branded clinics and provides personnel and/or treatment services for a dozen radiation oncology clinics throughout Louisiana and Mississippi.

Dr. Bryan Frentz of Hamilton Medical Group is now a board certified orthopedic surgeon. Frentz completed his doctor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans in June 1999 and his internship and residency at Tulane in June 2005, joining Hamilton Medical Group shortly thereafter. Frentz is among the first surgeons in Louisiana to use computer guidance in total joint replacement and is the only Lafayette orthopedic surgeon who uses the minimally invasive anterior approach for total hip replacement. He completed the FDA required training for hip resurfacing and Oxford partial knee replacement and has experience with both of these procedures. Frentz is also experienced in operative and non-operative fracture care, endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery, shoulder arthroscopy, shoulder joint replacement (including reverse shoulder replacement), knee arthroscopy and ACL reconstruction.