Physicians' Press August/September 2019




August brings in a new school year and marks the end of much-loved summer vacation and I hope all of you were able to spend quality time with your family and friends. During the past few weeks, we have faced many challeng- es and I am pleased to report that through the hard work and determination of the OGHS Team, we were 100% operational within 5 days of the fire/smoke incident. I am proud of the accomplishments of our team. The quick initiation of our emergency preparedness, Response and Clean up contributed to our quick recovery to ensure patient care was never compromised. Thanks to the entire Medical Staff for your cooperation and patience during this challenging time. I would like to personally take this time to thank all of you on behalf of my wife, Kristen, and our entire family for your prayers and words of hope and comfort. The overwhelming love and support that was shown to us after the loss of our oldest son, Austin, will never be forgotten. I am blessed to be a part of this community and part of the OGHS family where “Our Family Caring for Yours” was a true testament.

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

July 2019 Dr. Damian Badeaux Dr. Elizabeth Collins Dr. Jamie Collins


August 21- Dr. John Anderson-Opelousas Elderly Awareness Seminar September 18 - Dr. Amer Raza- Eunice TRIAD October 16 – Dr. Kerry Thibodeaux – Melville Elderly Awareness Seminar 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


Thanks to the following physicians for representing OGHS in the community!!

Dr. David Clause and Dr. Phillip Bacilla, Orthopedic Surgeons, spoke at Life’s Champions, which was held on July 10th. They spoke about joint pain as they gave a brief demonstration of the MAKO Robotic Arm Assisted Technology. Dr. Amer Raza, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, recently spoke at the Seniors Helping Seniors program at the Sunset Civic Center on July 19th. He spoke about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, the risk factors and treatment. OPELOUSAS GENERAL HEALTH SYSTEM AWARDED A SAFETY GRANT Opelousas General Health System (OGHS) was announced recently as a 2019 recipient of the Funds for Safety Grant sponsored and funded by the LHA Trust Funds. OGHS previously won this safety grant in 2017 and 2018. The 2019 safety grant will be used to purchase and install surveillance cameras for the facility’s Emergency Department and first floor, inpatient medical surgery units, and labor and delivery. The goal is to improve employee and patient safety through improved monitoring. OGHS will complete this improvement over the course of the next year. OGHS’ previous Funds for Safety grant projects include improving emergency department security through training and surveillance and funding targeted temperature management to improve patient outcomes in the Emergency Department. The Funds for Safety Grant Program was created in 2012 by the LHA Trust Funds to help fund its members’ initiatives to improve patient or visitor safety. Since its creation, the grant program has awarded more than $2.1 million to fund more than 100 unique projects for facilities in Louisiana.

Breast Cancer Awareness 2019 This year’s theme is “True Heroes Fight Breast Cancer”

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 “Paint the Town Pink” T -shirts go on sale to the public from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the OGHS Main Campus. Cost is $6.00 (S–XL), $8.00 (2XL) & $10 (3XL.) This year the shirts are Royal Blue. Cash Only Monday, September 30, 2019 “Be My Support” Bra Decorating Contest (Pre-registration required) 4:00 pm Deadline to drop off your entry to the OGHS Gift Shop . First place is $100 chamber cash. First place for the “People’s Choice” award is $75 chamber cash. Tuesday, October 1, 2019 *New – “Paint the Town Pink” Kick -off Event 5:30 – 6:30 pm Join us as we honor and remember our family and friends diagnosed with breast cancer. Thursday, October 3, 2019 Paint the Canvas Pink” (Decorative Louisiana Wall Hanging) 5:30 pm - Join us for a fun night of painting a wooden Louisiana Wall Hanging at the Delta Grand Theatre (pre-registration required) $35 per person.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Indian Hills Country Club Ladies Golf Association’s Golf Tournament . Proceeds to benefit the Paint the Town Pink initiative. Contact Cindy Ortego at 337-945-3931.

Friday, October 11, 2019

“ Pinkest Business and School ” Contest Judging of the “Pinkest” Business and School in St. Landry Parish. (Pre-registration is required) Winners will be posted on the Opelousas General Health System Facebook Page. Friday, October 25, 2019 Pink Bag Luncheon & Style Show (Limited Seating) 11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Evangeline Downs Event Center. Tickets can be purchased in the OGHS Business Office or on-line for $15.00. A reserved table of 8 can be purchased for $110 *Tickets for all events, t-shirt pre-orders, and sponsorships can now be paid on-line! For additional information on all our Paint the Town Pink activities, please call 948-5157 or visit our website Follow us on Facebook as we “Paint the Town Pink!” “Paint the Town Pink” is a breast can cer initiative of Opelousas General Health System Foundation



Special Event

Craig Frederick, MD Harold Kennedy, DDS

Credentials Committee

Richard Lastrapes, MD

Medical Executive Committee

Cancer Committee

Constance Cole, MD

Stephen Wyble, MD

Tiffany Liu, MD

Pediatric Committee Richard Hebert, MD

Medicine / P&T Committee

Thomas Jarnagin, MD

Hari Bogabathina, MD

Philip Landry, MD

OB Committee Greg Glowacki, MD Scott Boagni, MD

Andy Quebedeaux, MD

Mark Olivier, MD

Credentials Committee

Medical Executive Committee Brent Hebert, MD

Chester Dellinger, MD

Lori Gautreaux, MD

William Cothern, MD

Carmen Johnson, MD

David Homan, MD Derek Metoyer, MD

Myungho Cho, MD

Hospital Based Committee

Critical Care Ad Hoc

Laura Braham, MD

General Medical Staff Mtg Siby Ayalloore, MD

Dan Hebert, MD



Our 12th Annual Paint the Town Pink (PTTP) campaign is now underway. As we are currently offering sponsorship opportunities, the deadline for sponsorship is August 30th. This year we have the privilege to have Opelousas native, Joan Cronan, as our Pink Bag Luncheon speaker. Ms. Cronan is the Women’s Athletic Director Emeritus at the University of Tennessee and was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in June. She is nationally known as a motivational speaker and author. Please refer to the brochure that is included in this newsletter for event dates. For more information, please contact Carol Duplechain at (337) 948-5157.


Patient Comments

Dr. Williams very good experience!

Dr. Amy, Dr. Braham & Dr. Boagni are excellent physicians. They are assets to your medical staff. They are knowledgeable, compassionate and expert in their field. Thank you, doctors!

I loved being treated by Dr. Badeaux. Very caring, nice & attentive.

HCAHPS Communication with Physicians Above Target



Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) (July 1, 2018 – July 31, 2019)

Hand hygiene compliance for the month of June is at 51%.

We ended the month of June with a profit of $85,623. Below are some comparisons in volume from June 2018 – June 2019.



The additional chiller that services the Cath Lab was delivered on July 24th with installation to have been completed by mid August. This is a month ahead of the original timeline. OTIS had a ship date of August 12th and a completion date of October 25th for the replacement of Elevator #8, which services the North Complex. The South Campus Pharmacy Clean Room project was completed July 19th. The Clean Room is where the Pharmacist prepares the Oncology chemotherapy medicines for our patients. The project involved the installation of a new HVAC and heat system to the room. The Retail Pharmacy/Meds to Beds had its best month yet in June with 120 Meds to Beds deliveries.

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