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October 19, 2011


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Our Lady of the Lake Advances Heart Procedure Technology with New Hybrid Operating Room

Patients at Our Lady of the Lake can now have more than one heart procedure completed in one surgical setting if needed, reducing return trips to the hospital and time away from work and family. With OLOL’s 3D imagery in the new Hybrid Operating Room, surgeons have a 360-degree view of the heart, giving them the opportunity to provide the patient with all levels of cardiac care in one setting – standard minimally invasive heart procedures and more advanced procedures such as heart bypass surgery. This equipment can also reduce the amount of x-ray radiation used in some heart procedures such as catheterization.

“I recently completed a complex procedure – an endovascular aneurysm repair – in the Hybrid OR using the advanced imaging capability. At the end of this procedure, we usually use 2D imaging to evaluate its progress,” explained P. Michael Davis, MD, FACS, vascular surgeon. “In this case, the advanced 3D imaging technology allowed me to immediately see a leak that the traditional 2D image might have missed. Because we had the Hybrid OR, we were able to correct it right then. For my patient, this means we potentially avoided the need for a second follow-up procedure.”

See Dr. Davis explain more about the new Hybrid OR and what it means for our region.

Need to Find an OLOL Doctor? There's an App for That

Finding a doctor in the Baton Rouge metro area just got easier with the launch of Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group's new smart phone app for iPhone and Android users.  The free app provides all the things you need to know quickly when you're looking to find a specific doctor. Doctors can easily be searched based on name, geographic location and practice specialty. Once you select a physician, a simple touch of the screen will bring up additional information, including video introductions. The app will even dial the office, and you can mark providers as "favorites" for future reference.

Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group is the first group in the region to offer such a service to patients and the community.  Location searches using the app generate a dynamic map featuring nearby clinics highlighted by a red pin.  Once you're at this screen, you can select a particular clinic and track the driving route from your location using your phone's built-in GPS navigation service.  You can also watch videos posted on OLOL Physician Group's YouTube channel and access our full website.

To find the free app, just search for "OLOL Physician Group" from the iPhone App Store or Android Market on your phone. You can also visit the website for an online listing of all doctors, specialties, and clinics, or print a hard copy of the OLOL Physician Group directory, sorted by fields of your choice.

Have You Protected Yourself and Those Around You from the Flu?

Flu season is here, which means it’s time to take precautions for yourself and those around you by getting the flu vaccine. People often ask if they need to get the flu vaccine every year. The answer is yes, because the flu vaccine is different each year, and specific to new versions of the flu that have developed from the previous year. With new strains of the flu showing up, our immune systems and antibodies need to be updated with the new vaccine to properly protect us.

In the past, those with egg allergies have not been able to receive the flu shot. This year, the flu shot is safe for egg allergy sufferers. Dr. Brett Hutchinson with the OLOL Physician Group Pediatric Medical  Center explains why.

If you’re looking for a primary care doctor or a specialist, watch video introductions on the OLOL Physician Group site to find the right one for you.

Learn more about the flu on Our Lady of the Lake’s website.

Paxton's 28 Days at OLOL Children's Hospital Inspires His Grandmother to Give Back

Builders Kim and Ronnie Arceneaux are putting more than expertise into leading the construction of this year’s Mansion for OLOL Children’s Hospital. After Kim’s grandson, Paxton, spent 28 days under the care of OLOL Children’s Hospital specialists, Kim was compelled to literally build on her love and gratitude. “No words can express how it brings a blessing to me each day knowing I can give back to something that was there for us when we needed it.”

The Mansion is being raffled now to benefit lifesaving care at OLOL Children’s Hospital. Situated on the lake in Village Lakes subdivision in Central, the beautiful 2,600-square foot home is valued at more than $364,000 with four bedrooms and three baths.

Kim, who encourages everyone to buy a raffle ticket, says it’s about more than just winning a house. “It’s about giving to the children’s hospital so that we are able to have the best equipment, the best specialists, the cream of the crop for when that child needs it. You never know when something might happen to someone either in your family or someone you know.”

This is the tenth year of the Mansion project in cooperation with the Capital Region Builders Association. Chances to win this home are $100 each and on sale now. You may also call toll-free 877-757-2663. This year’s winner will be announced on December 6th on WAFB Channel 9.

Unique Survivorship Program Helps Patient Cope After Breast Cancer


Dawn Thibodeaux had to learn medical terms, all the details her treatment would involve, and how to deal with life-changing effects like hair loss when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After 16 rounds of chemotherapy, Dawn was finally declared cancer-free. Thrilled with that news, Dawn also realized she had a lot to learn about her “new normal” as a survivor. With the help of the unique survivorship program at The Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins, Dawn has been able to do just that.

Meeting with a counselor bi-weekly and staying in touch through phone and email have enabled Dawn to take the next steps forward into life after cancer. “Your life goes on. It doesn’t stop – of course life is not going to stop for you,” Dawn told WBRZ in a recent interview. “But [the survivorship program] makes you feel like, ‘I’m ok.’”

Meet the patient navigator who helped Dawn, and learn more about The Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins.

Take advantage of the free breast cancer screenings Mary Bird Perkins offers throughout October.

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