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June 04, 2012

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Our Lady of the Lake First in Baton Rouge to Be Recognized for Advanced Stroke Care

Did you know that cardiovascular disease and stroke is the leading cause of death in Louisiana?

Recently The Joint Commission, in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, officially recognized Our Lady of the Lake with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. 

This designation is the first of its kind in the Baton Rouge area and demonstrates excellent evidence-based quality care, patient safety and favorable outcomes for heart and stroke patients. This certification helps patients easily identify OLOL as one of quality that has surpassed numerous goals in the treatment of stroke. 

Do you know the warning signs of a stroke? Being aware and getting immediate medical care can mean the difference between having a functional lifestyle and not being able to live independently. Learn more at ololrmc.com/stroke.

It's About Time - ER Set to Open in Livingston Parish

Construction is on schedule and OLOL Livingston, our freestanding Emergency Room in Livingston Parish, is expected to open in September. Watch our progress through our webcam at the build site or by visiting our Facebook photo album with pictures and descriptions of the construction process.

In addition to a free-standing Emergency Room, OLOL Livingston will include outpatient services such as a lab, imaging services such as CT, ultrasound, X-ray and MRI and physician offices. Primary care doctors, pediatricians and many specialists such as cardiology, orthopedics, ear nose and throat, eye specialists, and pain management doctors will occupy the physician office space.

More than 100 jobs were posted in April for OLOL Livingston, and they’re still accessible at our jobs page on OLOL’s website. Please note that you must select Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center as the facility. All Livingston jobs have "OL-Liv" listed for the department.

Our Lady of the Lake Livingston will add to OLOL's already existing family of services in Livingston, which include:  Primary Care of Denham Springs - Pediatrics, 311 Veterans Highway, Denham Springs; Primary Care of Live Oak - Family Practice, 31995 LA Highway 16, Denham Springs; Baton Rouge Physical Therapy - Lake, 2250 Home Depot Drive, Denham Springs; and Lake After Hours - Urgent Care (Walk-in care for minor injury and illness), 31985 LA Highway 16, Denham Springs.

For more information and updates on OLOL Livingston, visit www.ololrmc.com/livingston.

Make This Summer's Forecast Sunny With Less Chance for Health Risk

It’s summer, and everyone is clamoring to play in the pool. As the hours fly by, reapplying sunscreen gets harder to remember.

Did you know that sunburns can affect your children long-term? Our Lady of the Lake Dermatologist Laci Theunissen answers this question, and reminds us that 80% of sun exposure happens during childhood. Watch her quick video for tips on how you can prepare now to prevent lifelong damage to your children’s skin.

Learn more about Dr. Theunissen by watching her video introduction at ololphysiciangroup.com.

Could the Medicine Cabinet Add to Your Calorie Intake?

We know eating certain foods can affect weight gain, but what about the medications we take? Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group’s Dr. Bradley Meek recently talked with WAFB Channel 9's Phil Rainier about this issue. Learn about medicines that are in this category, including many steroids and antidepressants, if the issue is affecting you, and if so, how you can best address it.

Dr. Meek looks at other side effects medications can have besides slowing metabolism – chronic tiredness and mood changes, for example – and offers his patients alternative prescriptions, or “weight-neutral medications” to do the same thing as the original medicine, but without the risk of adding extra pounds.

He says, "I often counteract it with medicine that will decrease appetite and help with their metabolism."

For more details on Dr. Meek and his practice, watch his video introduction at ololphysiciangroup.com, or visit ololweightloss.com for information on Lake Weight Solutions, OLOL’s award-winning medically supervised weight loss program.

Solving Mysteries and Saving Lives: Just Another Day at the Office

From the time he was a baby, Sean Mooneyham had frequent bouts of stomach problems that worsened with time. At age 3, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease while his family was living out of state. Medication for Crohn’s didn’t seem to help Sean’s symptoms, puzzling his parents and doctors. When a job transfer sent the family to Jennings, Louisiana, the doctor seeing 5-year-old Sean referred he and his parents to OLOL Physician Group’s Brannan Alberty, a pediatric specialist at OLOL Children’s Hospital. With those decisions, some high-level detective work was set into motion that changed the family’s life forever.

Read how the Mooneyhams’ mystery was resolved in the latest issue of “Wee Believe” magazine.The issue contains other stories about the lifesaving care and unique comfort offered at OLOL Children’s Hospital.

Has your life been changed because of some medical sleuthing? We’d love to hear your story! Please share it with us at socialmedia@ololrmc.com.

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