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August 31, 2011

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Exciting Changes at Our Lady of the Lake

Thank you for your patience as construction begins on the new heart and vascular tower at Our Lady of the Lake. You will notice dust walls in our lobby, construction fencing along Essen Lane, and work in our parking garage. We are trying to keep disruption to a minimum. Our team members are ready to assist you find your way on our campus or tell you about our new plans. Thank you for your patience as we expand to serve the needs of our community and beyond.

Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group Welcomes Rheumatologists

Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group is pleased to announce the addition of Rheumatology Services to our extensive network of doctors. Doctors Khanh T. Ho and Sean E. Shannon have been practicing together in Baton Rouge for fifteen years. Their expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, sarcoidosis, vasculitis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatology issues and difficult cases of gout. Rheumatology Services is located at 5247 Didesse Drive and can be reached at (225) 765-6505.

Back to School, Back to Routines

It’s back-to-school for kids everywhere, creating new schedules and guidelines for students and parents alike.  What are some ways you can help your children’s transition be smooth and painless?

Dr. Amber Denham of Pediatrics at Goodwood suggests getting kids on a school schedule sleep routine as quickly as possible. This helps early school mornings not seem so harsh. Also, Dr. Denham recommends checking kids’ backpacks to make sure children are not carrying more than 10 to 20 percent of their body weight.  Some schools offer the option of rolling backpacks, which put less strain on children’s growing muscles.

Watch Dr. Denham’s online video introduction, or make an appointment by calling (225) 765-5633.

Changes in Elderly Care Reflect Person-Centered Care

Ollie Steele Burden Manor recently completed renovations that incorporate a culture change focused on person-centered care. Culture change, an innovative concept for elderly care, includes a home-like environment with residential neighborhoods, 24/7 café-style dining, a spa-like bath experience, a library, virtual fireplaces, and wood flooring. If you’re interested in seeing these renovations, please schedule an appointment by calling (225) 926-0091. Ollie Steele Burden Manor is located at 4250 Essen Lane.

Are You Ready?

We don’t want to think about it happening in our region - again - but hurricane season is in full force, so we need to be ready in case a storm threatens our area. Water, non-perishables and batteries are obvious necessities, but what else should be on your checklist? Visit Louisiana’s hurricane preparedness site for checklists, evacuation plan suggestions, and other tools that could save your life if disaster strikes. Be sure to plan for at least a three-day supply of medications and other medical supplies.

Along with necessary medications and a first aid kit, make sure you pack sentimental things that are most important to you. According to Our Lady of the Lake Vice President Coletta Barrett, RN, “Each person has to think about those personal items they would be devastated to lose. The wedding picture? Pictures of the kids? Grandma’s handkerchief? People can grieve the loss of personal property and that can cause stress and depression.Take your medical and emotional needs into account when making your evacuation plan.”

Find Out What's Bothering You With the Click of a Mouse

If you’ve ever wondered how to pore through all the medical information online to find out what is accurate or to see if you need to make an appointment with your doctor, our interactive symptom navigator is the tool for you. The symptom navigator, located on the home pages of the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group websites, helps identify symptoms and possible causes. It also gives your information like when to self-treat a problem, and when to contact a medical professional. How do you get started? Visit ololrmc.com or ololphysiciangroup.com, and simply click on an area of the body or select from a list of nearly 300 symptoms.

Construction Underway for Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital Mansion

The 10th annual Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Mansion is being built in Central. This 2,600-square foot, 4 bedroom, 3 bath lakefront home in Village Lakes is valued at more than $364,000, and could be yours for just $100. The drawing is December 6 on WAFB TV. Buy your winning ticket today!

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