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July 21, 2011

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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Our Lady of the Lake First in Baton Rouge Metro

On June 19, U.S. News & World Report ranked Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center as number one in the Baton Rouge Metro area. OLOL has also been listed as high-performing in the Ear, Nose and Throat Specialty. The U.S. News regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions.

“These are hospitals we call ‘high performers.’ They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Almost every major metro area has at least one of these hospitals.”

U.S. News’ designation of high performance in the Ear, Nose and Throat specialty area means OLOL ranked in the top 25th percentile of all hospitals that were scored in the Ear, Nose and Throat specialty.

In addition, top doctors in each specialty are ranked based on peer nominations. Two physicians with Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group, Dr. Moises Arriaga and Dr. Daniel Nuss, are listed in the top 1% of doctors in the nation in the Ear, Nose and Throat specialty. Drs. Arriaga and Nuss are both faculty members of LSU Health Sciences in New Orleans, practicing physicians at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and part of the Our Lady of the Lake Graduate Medical Education Program.

Our Lady of the Lake Welcomes New Class of Pediatric Residents and Program Director

The second class of pediatric residents has begun the first of three years with the Our Lady of the Lake Pediatric Residency Program.  The eight new doctors in training attended medical school in Louisiana and other states throughout the country, and will further their education with training through the Pediatric Emergency Department, clinics and with community physicians.

Our Lady of the Lake also welcomes Dr.Alston "Trey" Dunbar, III as Pediatric Residency Program Director. Hosting the Pediatric Residency Program is one way OLOL helps ensure well-trained pediatricians will meet the healthcare needs of families in this region for years to come.

Have Abnormal Heart Rhythms? Stay Close to Home for Advanced Treatment

Patients who suffer with abnormal heart rhythms called arrhythmias now have a state-of-the-art, closer-to-home option for surgery. The availability of atrial fibrillation (a-fib) ablation and the convergent procedure available locally at Our Lady of the Lake allows patients with a-fib the option of staying in the area instead of traveling out-of-state.

During an a-fib ablation, specially trained doctors called electrophysiologists use catheters to build an electrical roadmap of the heart, then destroy cells around the heart that are causing the abnormal heartbeat.  OLOL uses the minimally invasive Sensei X Robotic Catheter System, by Hansen Medical, Inc. This sophisticated robotic platform integrates advanced levels of 3D catheter control with 3D visualization, providing greater accuracy and stability to the surgeon during a-fib ablations.

In a convergent procedure, an electrophysiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon combine the best of both traditional catheter and surgical ablation treatments using extreme heat to produce scar tissue on the heart to block abnormal electrical signals. The cardiothoracic surgeon ablates the outside of the heart through a single, small incision made in the patient’s abdomen, then the electrophysiologist threads a catheter through an artery in the groin to reach the inside of the heart to complete the ablation.

Arrhythmias, or electrical problems of the heart, affect five million people each year. When the electrical impulses that cause the heart muscle to contract are not transmitted normally, an arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat occurs. Arrhythmias can take place in a healthy heart and be of minimal consequence, but they may also indicate a serious problem and lead to heart disease, stroke or sudden cardiac death. If you have trouble with arrhythmias or a-fib, talk to your doctor about a-fib ablation or the convergent procedure. Learn more about a-fib ablation and convergent procedures at the Lake using this specialized technology, or watch Jim’s story about his a-fib ablation procedure at the Lake.

Colorectal Experts Join Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group

Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group is pleased to announce the addition of Baton Rouge Colon Rectal Associates to our extensive network of doctors. Joining the 250+ existing providers in the Physician Group are Louis R. Barfield, Richard L. Byrd, Kelly R. Finan and Jay P. Wala. Each has specialized training in colorectal surgery and is certified by the American Board of Colon Rectal Surgery.

Watch as Dr. Kelly Finan explains the importance of colon care to help prevent colon cancer.

With questions about colon rectal issues, talk to your primary doctor or call Baton Rouge Colon Rectal Associates at (225) 767-1156.

Three Reasons Why Meal Replacement Programs Help You Lose Weight

Weight loss is a personal journey with many options for success, all of which can lead to a more active and healthy life.  How can you successfully start on that journey toward decreasing your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease?

There are more than just a few reasons to join the medically supervised Lake Weight Solutions meal replacement program, but here are three to ponder:

  1. Lake Weight Solutions is designed for patients who want to lose anywhere from 10 to 200 or more pounds.The primary goal is to teach patients healthier behavior and new lifestyle skills through weekly educational sessions and support groups.
  2. Your convenience is key, so our program offers several options which include a clinic-based weight-loss program with medical supervision and a home-based weight loss program complete with "do-it-yourself" kits. You decide what’s best for you, and we’ll help you get started.
  3. Research shows that consuming low-calorie, portion-controlled meal replacements lead to substantially greater weight loss and better weight maintenance than standard weight-loss methods.All of our program options utilize nutritionally complete foods by HMR (Health Management Resources), the number one meal replacement program in the nation. Menu items include shakes, entrées and nutrition bars. Our team will help you decide which option works for you.

Stories from Lake Weight Solutions participants include comments about the “life-changing” facets of the program, including the support groups that “help get us through the hardest times,” and the HMR meals, which many participants say “are delicious” and help them feel as though they’re not missing out on “regular food.”

The trained team at Lake Weight Solutions led by Dr. Bradley Meek is ready to get you started on your success story. For more information, call (225) 765-LOSE (5673). 

We're Where You Are: Growing with Livingston Parish

Livingston Parish is growing by leaps and bounds, and so are we. Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group is pleased to welcome nurse practitioner Hillary Findley to Primary Care of Live Oak.

Hillary earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from West Texas A&M University in Canyon and her master’s degree in nursing from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She’s been a Board Certified nurse practitioner for 10 years and specializes in caring for chronic and acute diseases.

Make an appointment with Primary Care of Live Oak, located at 31995 LA Hwy. 16 in Denham Springs, by calling (225) 214-4200.

Community Seminars and Support Groups

Monday, July 25 – “Is Total Joint Replacement Surgery Right for You?”

Thursday, 8/4 – “New You” Bariatric Surgery Support Group Meeting

Thursday, 8/4 – “Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For You?”

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