As the health industry evolves, we are more determined to meet the needs of our community and I am grateful for the success that we have achieved throughout the last few months where we were able to setup and provide quality healthcare not only to our community but to extend our services to surrounding areas. I am pleased to announce that with the recent opening of the LSUE Clinic and the anticipated opening of the WellSmart Health of Opelousas/Rural Health Clinic we will have the opportunity to provide quality healthcare and service the needs of our patients and our neighboring communities. Our success is also contributed through the dedicated service provided by others and I am proud to say that here at Opelousas General Health System we have physicians that have continuously provided their services over the years. On behalf of Administration and the entire staff, congratulations to all of the recent service award recipients. Thank you for all the hard work you do and choosing to work with Opelousas General Health System as we continue on our journey to excellence.


Guidelines to determine the priority of transfer in or out of ICU and PCU were re-approved by the Medical Staff of Opelousas General Hospital in September of 2018. According to the policy, a cumulative score is assigned to the patient based on his/her therapeutic regimen and system assessment. The patient is then classified into one of three categories -transferable, possible transfer if acute bed is needed, and not eligible for transfer. This assists in identifying which patients are the most eligible to move to another unit in the event that the unit is at maximum capacity. Should the need for an emergency admit arise, the patient’s primary care physician will be contacted for consultation regarding patient condition and ability to transfer to another unit. We appreciate your support and participation in this patient safety process.

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT Dr. Constance Cole Oncologist/Hematologist

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Bryan, Texas; however, I was raised in the beautiful town of Brenham, Texas. Brenham is mostly known for being the home of Bluebell Ice Cream.

What is your favorite thing about working at OGHS?

My staff is excellent. This is my first job after fellowship and I could not have asked for a better place to work. I am surrounded by very compassionate and hard-working individuals. They strive each day to provide the best care to our patients and they handle challenges gracefully. I can truly say that I enjoy coming to work every day.

What do you enjoy most about being a physician?

Very early in my education, I found my love for science. I had a series of mentors that guided me to my current position. Being an oncologist gives me the opportunity to develop lasting relationships with my patients and their families and I am constantly being challenged by the complex science of cancer biology. This field is constantly changing. The emerging technology and new treatment options are very exciting.

What would you like everyone to know about you?

I got married on May 25! I initially thought that wedding planning would be the most exciting time of my life. I am a huge fan of the show “Say Yes to the Dress” and I had the expectation that shopping for my wedding dress would be similar to the experiences I had watched so many times on TLC. It was not! The only thing I am looking forward to now is my honeymoon in Jamaica.

UPCOMING PHYSICIAN COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS July 10 – Dr. David Clause & Dr. Phillip Bacilla – MAKO Robotic Arm Assisted Technology July 10 – Dr. Gerard Ballanco – Low Dose Lung CTs and Musculoskeletal Ultrasounds July 19 – Dr. Amer Raza – Seniors Helping Seniors September 11 – Dr. Amer Raza November 13 – Dr. Amer Raza – Life’s Champions – COPD November 13 – Dr. John Vallee, Urologist – Opelousas Elderly Awareness – Evangeline Downs *Physicians who are interested in showcasing hospital services by speaking to the community please contact Shelly Fontenot, Community and Physician Liaison at 337-459-1434 or shellyfontenot@ opelousasgeneral.com


Trade publication Becker’s Healthcare has released its’ 2019 list of leaders making a positive impact on their organizations. This year’s featured CEOs lead hospitals consistently recognized by the National Rural Health Association, American Hospital Association and HIMSS as top institutions. Not only do these recognized leaders possess extensive experience in healthcare management, demonstrating their commitment to offering high quality, accessible care to rural populations, but many also sit on local chamber of commerce boards and serve state hospital associations.

This year, Dr. Kenneth Cochran, DSc, RN, FACHE, President & CEO has been named among these top 60 rural hospital and health system CEOs to know, one of only two selected from Louisiana. Cochran has more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience. He is extensively involved in his local community, serving as President of the Rotary Club of Opelousas Sunrise, and Chairman of the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce, Committee Member of the St. Landry Parish Schools Strategic Planning Committee, member of Vision St. Landry and Louisiana State University-Eunice Advisory Board. At the State level, he was recently appointed to the Louisiana Hospital Association Board of Directors, Trustee of the LHA’s Research and Education Foundation (LHAREF), and a member of the Legislative Review and Policy Council. Nationally, Dr. Cochran has been recognized by the American College of Healthcare Executives with the Regent’s Award and Early Career Healthcare Executive. He is also a member of the American Hospital Association Clinical Leadership Committee and the Vice Chair of the Center of Health Organization Transformation. Dr. Cochran has led Opelousas General’s 209-bed, two-campus facility, since 2015. Joining the hospital during a decade-long negative revenue and margin trend, Dr. Cochran reshaped the system, growing revenues significantly. Dr. Cochran also expanded the health system by building an 11,000-square-foot cancer center and has assisted in bringing 20 new physicians into the system. “We are extremely proud of Dr. Cochran and very fortunate to have the exceptional leadership that he provides to our organization. His visionary guidance has led us to the success that we have and continue to experience,” said Gina Tuttle, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Opelousas General Health System. For inclusion on this list, individuals must serve as CEOs of hospitals in “rural” areas, defined by location outside major metropolitan areas. Becker’s Hospital Review analyzed compilations by ranking and award agencies, such as the National Rural Health Association’s list of top rural community hospitals. The editorial team also accepted nominations for the list. About Becker’s Hospital Review: Becker’s Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to- date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Geared toward high-level hospital leaders, the publication strives to provide valuable content, including hospital and health system news, best practices, and legal guidance specifically for these decision-makers. Each issue of Becker’s Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute-care hospital CEOs, CFOs and CIOs. The full list can be read here: http://bit.ly/2Wvyc8Q. Note: Individuals cannot pay for inclusion on this list.


Dr. Gerard Ballanco was a guest speaker at the Opelousas Elderly Awareness Seminar on April 10th about Low Dose Lung CTs and Musculoskeletal Ultrasounds. Dr. Andrew Sicard was a guest speaker at the Port Barre Elderly Luncheon on April 26th about Robotic General Surgery and the benefits for patients.

The following physicians were recognized by the patients for the following months in our Patient Satisfaction Surveys. Congratulations to each of you for a job well done!!



Dr. Damian Badeaux Dr. Gerard Ballanco Dr. Scott Boagni Dr. Brad Boudreaux Dr. Carmen Johnson Dr. Richard Lastrapes Dr. Christopher Matt

Dr. Richard Lastrapes Dr. Chester Dellinger Dr. Greg Glowacki Dr. Scott Parks Dr. Christopher J. Fontenot Dr. Leah Olivier

Dr. Michael Felton Dr. Louis Kerkhoff Dr. Craig Frederick Dr. Damian Badeuax

Dr. Fred Rodosta Dr. Joseph Ryan Dr. Rachael Tate



Protonix IV Shortage – Due to a national shortage of Protonix injection, the pharmacy department is asking for your help in conserving our current stock. Please consider using the following alternatives:

• Protonix 40mg tablets if oral route is feasible • Protonix 40mg granules for suspension if NG/OG/PEG tube required • Pepcid 20mg IV twice daily if IV route is required

This shortage is expected to last through July 2019. Please feel free to contact Troy Fusilier, Director of Pharmacy at 948-5178 with any questions or concerns.


Patient Comments

“Dr. Brad. A. Boudreaux was excellent with my daughter. He made sure she had nothing to be afraid of. Went in hospital really scared, came out smiling and glad I went at Doc- tor’s Hospital.”

“Dr. Matt was exceptional.”

“Special thanks to Dr. Kim Dakin; Dr. Gros; Dr. Santiago; Dr. Fontenot (hospitalist) & Dr. Parks (hospitalist)”

“*Dr. Badeaux and Dr. Johnson were great!”

Departments Above or at Target Outpatient Services

Departments Below Target ED, Inpatient, Ambulatory Surgery



Goal: Reduce HAIs from 17 to 15

Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) (July 1, 2018 –April 30, 2019) Total HAI events: 11, meeting target goal of < 15


Abd Hysterectomy SSI = 3 Colon Surgical Site SSI = 2

C-Diff = 2 MRSA = 0


We ended the month of April with a profit of $127,897. Below are some comparisons in volume from April 2018 –April 2019

2018 544 153


Surgery Visits Cath Lab cases

625 158

Deliveries ER Visits






The Retail Pharmacy received its Medicaid license on April 15th, enabling both service windows to be opened while simultaneously launching the Meds to Beds program resulting in a significant increase in prescriptions filled. The pharmacy only filled 229 prescriptions from April 1st – 14th. During April 15th – 30th, 426 prescriptions were filled by the Retail Pharmacy, almost a 100% increase. Included in this number are 42 Meds to Beds deliveries providing patients their medications before leaving OGHS. The construction of the LSUE clinic has been completed. This clinic will be a regular clinic and is anticipated to open early June where Jace Holmes, NP is expected to begin seeing patients during the first week of the clinic being open. The staff for WellSmart Health of Opelousas/Rural Health Clinic has been hired and we anticipate this clinic to open in early June as well.



Special Event

Mia Ben, MD

Critical Care Ad Hoc Meeting

Credentials Committee

Tumor Board Meeting

Medical Executive Committee

Pediatric Committee

Tumor Board Meeting

Marcus Stelly, MD Robert Casanova, MD

Lee Ellender, MD

Ankur Lodha, MD

Christopher Matt, MD

Usman Alam, MD T.W. Deblanc, MD

Credentials Committee Carmen Koubicek, MD

Patrick Gillespie, MD

David Grace, MD

Medical Executive Committee

Kenneth S. Parks, MD John Fontenot, MD

Hospital Based Committee

Tumor Board Meeting

Rachael Tate, MD

Kalyan Veerina, MD

Saurabh Lalan, MD

Surgery Committee

Joseph Bozzelle, MD

General Med Staff (Tentative)

Kevin Karam, MD

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