Health Flashes - April 2009

Dr. Patrick Moore, a family medicine physician, joined Southwest Medical Center’s medical staff. He recently opened Moore Healthcare Group at 3400 Moss St., offering treatment for illnesses ranging from coughs and headaches to more extreme injuries like broken bones and lacerations. Additional services include managing chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure and other heart-related conditions. Employer-related services include routine physicals, pre-employment screenings and full assessment of work-related injuries. Moore is a graduate of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., and completed his residency at St. Elizabeth Family Practice Residency Program in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Adriadne Gauthier joined the Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center’s hospitalist program. A full-time internist for the hospital, she admits, treats and discharges patients. Hospitalist physicians are available at Lourdes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Gauthier received her doctor of medicine from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico and completed her internal medicine residency at Seton Hall University in Elizabeth, New Jersey. In 2001 she was Intern of the Year at Seton Hall University, and a fellowship at Veteran Affairs Medical Center with Tulane University brought her to Louisiana. For the past 3.5 years she worked in Church Point as a staff physician at Acadia Healthcare Services and has been an on-call physician with Lourdes since 2007. Gauthier is a member of the American College of Physicians.

Selina Guidry, vice president of patient services at Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital, has been awarded the Regent Senior Careerist Award from the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The award is presented annually to a health care executive who exhibits leadership, innovation and creative management.

Leadership from LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and its School of Medicine honored students from Acadiana and their families at a dinner reception in late March at Café Vermilionville. The students, who will graduate in May, are enrolled in the Rural Scholars Track Program in the LSUHSC School of Medicine. Students in the program attend classes on the LSUHSC campus in New Orleans for the first two years and for their last two years see patients with a preceptor physician in a rural community, as well as at University Medical Center. Tuition for these students is waived because they agree to practice in a rural community after they graduate. The goal of this LSUHSC New Orleans initiative is to increase the numbers of physicians practicing in rural and under-served communities in Louisiana.

Officials with Lafayette-based Women’s & Children’s Hospital and Southwest Medical Center along with Dauterive Hospital in New Iberia are creating a regional health system that will be a family of complementary and affiliated health care facilities in Acadiana. All three facilities are affiliates of HCA, Inc. In this process, Women’s & Children’s Hospital and Southwest Medical Center will combine under a single license, creating one hospital with two complementary campuses and a total of 252 licensed beds, 51 NICU beds and 45 bassinets. Each campus will retain its services. The affiliated health care facilities in the regional health system include Dauterive Hospital with 103 licensed beds and two outpatient facilities: the Elaine M. Junca Women’s Imaging Centre and Lafayette Surgicare. In addition, the system contains 16 medical office buildings with more than 400,000 square feet of space and 37 employed multi-specialty physicians in eight practices.

Traci Gremillion has joined A First Name Basis, a non-medical home care provider, as director of sales and marketing. Originally from the New Orleans area, she has a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans. Gremillion, who has almost a decade of health care marketing experience, most recently was community relations director for Kingsley Place at Lafayette and before that worked for LHC Group. A First Name Basis also has offices in New Orleans and Covington.