A WORD FROM OUR CEO Kenneth Cochran, DSc, FACHE President & CEO

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas with family and loved ones and that you were able to experience the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I would like to extend a heartfelt wish for a new year filled with good health, peace, joy, and contentment to each of you, for these are the true treasures in life. I hope you benefit greatly from the blessings that 2020 has to offer.

As the new year brings with it new hope for success and resolutions to become better than the previous year, I want you to know as your leader that I will do everything within my power to continue to lead Opelousas General in the direction of prosperity and growth. It’s hard to believe that this year I will be celebrating my fifth year at OGHS. If better health is one of your new year goals, please mark your calendar to join us on Saturday, January 11 for the 13th annual Live4Life Health Fair being held at South Campus from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Various free and low-cost screenings will be available as well as an abundance of health information. Later this month, we will celebrate the lives of 6 remarkable individuals who have left a lasting impact on our organization. I hope that you will join us as we celebrate and honor them at the 2020 Hall of Fame event on January 30th. Tickets are going fast, so gets yours today on our website. Thank you for all that you do. I look forward to working with each of you and to all of the wonderful things to come in 2020.


Below is the link to this month’s survey. All employees who fill it out correctly will be entered into a drawing to win money in the OGHS online store. The next drawing will be in April.

Congratulations to Clara LaFleur in the HIM Department for being our Newsletter Survey Winner

https://forms.gle/SGT6uNKbsapimocKA Be sure to fill out the survey each month to get more chances to win.








Opelousas General Health System , along with several other health related businesses, will be offering free and low cost screenings and information at our 13th Annual Health Fair . Also, in attendance will be health professionals and technologists analyzing your results and answering questions. What a great way to begin your “healthy” new year! SATURDAY, JAN. 11, 2020 8:00 am - 11:00 am OGHS South Campus 3983 I-49 S. Service Rd., Opelousas


FREE SCREENINGS LOW-COST SCREENINGS Cholesterol Peak Flow Blood Pressure Hearing Breast Health Ed. Glucose Nutrition Ed. Pulse Oximetry Grip Strength

Lipid Profile $8 TSH $5 PSA $15 (Prostate Cancer) A1C $15 (3 mo. Glucose avg.)

Cash, Debit, or Credit (no checks) Fasting is required for Lipid Profile. Find out if you qualify for smoking cessation enrollment including FREE physician evaluations, medication, and support counseling.

Sleep Disorders And much more!


For more info, call Carol @ (337) 948-5157




The following employees and physicians were recognized by the patients in December 2019 Patient Satisfaction Surveys. Congratulations to each of you and keep up the good work.


Debra Bellard

Psych PT Monitoring

Jamie Bergeron

Recovery Anesthesia

Kenneth Paul Bergeron

Dr. Damian Badeaux Dr. Greg Glowacki Dr. Guy Godeaux Dr. Jason Fontenot Dr. Mark Lemaire

Shondria Boutte Elizabeth Cormier

4 North 5 North

Nicky Cormier Casey David



Jasmine Derousselle

4 North CT Scan 5 North 5 North 5 North

Dr. Rachael Tate Dr. Jason Trahan

Jason Dupre

Danielle Guidry Tanesha Hanson Alissa Johnson Carolyn Landreneau Brenda Lavergne


Mary Lazard

5 North Nursery

Falon Blyss Lee

Jamie Lemon


Victoria Martinez Tonya Monceret



Rod Morein Sarah Phillips

Medical Imaging


Gail Robertson

Medical Imaging

Amy Rosette Emily Sittig


5 North

Kolleen Snyder, NP


Elizabeth Thibodeaux


Dorita West


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Patrice Fisher is being ACKNOWLEDGED as the spotlight employee for January 2020. We would like to INTRODUCE Patrice, who has been a member of our OGHS family for the DURATION of 24 years. She works as the Benefits Coordinator in Human Resources. Patrice’s EXPLANATION of her various duties: Patrice’s duties as a Benefits Coordinator include explaining, advising and processing benefit options for all employees. She helps to resolve benefit related issues for employees and makes sure proper payments are made to benefit providers ensuring continued coverage. She also assists in the planning process and facilitation of all Human Resources employee events. Additionally, Patrice provides answers to questions regarding HR policies and procedures to managers and staff as needed. What Patrice likes about working at OGHS: Patrice most enjoys helping others. It has always been one of her greatest joys and this job allows her to do that. Patrice has established wonderful relationships with OGHS employees throughout her career and enjoys working with a staff that she considers family. She takes great comfort in the family atmosphere that OGHS provides. What Patrice would like everyone to know about her? Patrice has been married for 26 years and has one daughter. She is the oldest and only girl of five siblings. She has an immense passion for reading and is most THANKFUL for the gift of life. Even though the journey is not always easy, the daily challenges are what keep her focused on her faith, so that she can be the best person God intended her to be.


OGHS participated in the annual Carencro Country Christmas Walk on December 7th by hosting a water station in the race. Participants were supplied with water and bananas. Pictured are Deanna LeJeune, Community Relations Coordinator and Andrew Brickley, VP of Business Development.


Team Extreme would like to thank all of the departments that participated in the Christmas Ornament contest. It was really nice to see all of the creativity captured in the ornaments. Congratulations to the FANS Department for winning first place at South Campus and the IT Department for winning first place at Main Campus.


For the past several years, members of the Materials Management Department have been donating a Thanksgiving Basket, including non-perishable food items and a monetary donation to a needy family in our community. This year, they continued their holiday tradition by donating their Thanksgiving basket to a fellow OGHS employee. Pictured from left are Lionel Broussard, Lauren Chapman, Jacob Hidalgo, June Griffin, Gwen St. Cyr, Wanda Savoy, Paula Goldner and Sharon Ortego, Materials Management Director.


We would like to congratulate Dr. Gary Blanchard on his retirement. His staff recently held a luncheon in his honor. Pictured seated from left: Dr. Hunt DeBlanc, Dr. Gary Blanchard, and Racquel Gradney, FNP-C. Pictured standing from left: Andrea Philippi, Ashley Lopez, Crystal May, Lisa Quebedeaux, Debra Matte, Lynn Lavergne and Sheree Fontenot.


We would like to congratulate the LSUE nursing students that recently completed their clinical training. They are scheduled to graduate in May 2020. Pictured seated from left: Susan Robin, LaTosha Morehead and Shantelle Savant, Director of Education and Nursing Instructor. Pictured standing from left: Kasey Landreneau, Hunter Taylor, Lauren Fusilier, Brian Guillory, Morgan Trahan and Megan Goudea.


In order for any organization to succeed, proper communication and effective teamwork is vital. In healthcare, these skills are especially essential. Patient safety, positive outcomes, and decreased adverse events is always our top priority. Effective communication and teamwork was recently demonstrated in ICU. Tammy Tate, Respiratory Therapist, noticed that a patient was more awake, responding to communication and breathing well above the ventilator. She shared this information with Dr. Raza while he was making morning rounds. Because Dr. Raza always encourages input from staff members, she was very comfortable in approaching him with her assessment of the patient’s current health status.

Because of Tammy’s willingness to communicate her evaluation of the patient to Dr. Raza, the patient was given a spontaneous breathing trial instead of undergoing a tracheostomy. The patient responded remarkably to the breathing trial and was extubated later that day, completely changing the course of her treatment and hospital stay. Effective communication and teamwork are an essential tool for constructing a more successful and patient centered health care delivery system. This is one example of OGHS’s mission of providing high quality health care to the patients that we serve. Pictured from left: Hope LeJeune, Dr. Amer Raza, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Marjorie Leday & Tammy Tate.


Gina Bradley Tuttle, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, has announced that six individuals have been selected to be inducted into the Opelousas General Health System Hall of Fame. The legacy of these individuals exemplifies service and dedication and will be recognized and honored during our third annual Hall of Fame Gala scheduled for Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Opelousas Civic Center in Opelousas, LA.

The following individuals have been selected as inductees: Dr. George S. Bourgeois, Family Medicine (Posthumously) Dr. Daniel H. Buller, General Surgeon Dr. John F. Kempf, OB/GYN Margie Quebedeaux, LPN, Board Certified Counselor Darryl Wagley, Administrator (Posthumously) Dr. Calvin White, Family Medicine

The inductees were selected by a special committee of the Board of Trustees from nominations received from employees, physicians, and the community. “Through their dedication and commitment to our hospital and to our patients, our 2020 recipients lived by our mission of providing high quality care. It is a great honor to recognize these very special individuals who have given so much of themselves to OGHS”, said Ms. Tuttle. As the presenting sponsor of this event, Mark Cullen, Chairman of Compass Health says, “We are honored to serve as the third annual presenting sponsor for the Hall of Fame event and are pleased to have such a significant role in recognizing these extraordinary individuals.” For more information, or to purchase tickets to the Hall of Fame Gala, simply visit www.opelousasgeneral.com or click here https://opelousasgeneralhealthsystemfoundation.salsalabs.org/HOFGala/index.html. If you interested in attending, get your tickets today as this event sells out quickly.


“Cleaning Up Your Credit in the New Year” In-Person Presentations: “Understanding & Improving Your Credit Score” Presenter: Advancial Federal Credit Union January 8, 8am-9am, Auditorium A Monthly Pack Your Lunch & Learn Session In-Person Presentation: “Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals” Presenter: Katie Guedry, RD, LDN (LSU-Ag Center) January 7, 12pm-1pm, Auditorium A

“Debt Consolidation: How to Reduce Debt” Presenter: Advancial Federal Credit Union January 8, 12pm-1pm, Auditorium A

“Teamwork Makes the Dream Work” Relias LMS Presentations-Optional

Working in a Team Team Building: Intro Working with an Interprofessional Team In-Person Presentation: “Efficacy & Team Building” Presenter: Esther Boe, LSU Ag 4H & FCS Regional Coordinator January 15, 12:00pm - 1pm, Auditorium A & B


We would like to congratulate Dr. Lori Gautreaux, Internal Medicine for receiving the “Small Practice Momentum Award” for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana’s Quality Blue Program. This award recognizes clinics that made the greatest overall improvements on quality care measures. The award was presented to her at the recent collaborative meeting held in Baton Rouge in November. For more information about this award, visit https://www.opelousasgeneral.com/en/blog-details/142


Tracey Antee, Foundation Director, would like to express her heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of the employees and departments that donated to the Christmas Shoe Box Project. A total of 88 children received wonderful Christmas packages this year. The extra-special part about this project was that we were able to help our fellow employees. With all of the support from our OGHS family, we doubled the number of donated gifts from last year.


We would like to thank orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Phillip Bacilla and Dr. David Clause for speaking on December 4th at the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn held in the OGHS Auditorium. They spoke about Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology and how it benefits patients undergoing joint replacement surgery. Pictured with Dr. Clause is Raquel Manuel, St. Landry Chamber CEO and Deanna LeJeune: not pictured Dr. Phillip Bacilla.

Monday, Feb. 3 10:00 am & 2:00 pm

Tuesday Feb. 4 11:00 am & 11:00 pm (night shift) Wednesday, Feb. 5 10:00 am & 2:00 pm Thursday, Feb. 6 7:30 am Friday, Feb. 7 7:30 am


Our OGHS family gathered to celebrate the Christmas festive season at our annual Employee Christmas Luncheon! It was a beautiful time of recognizing the contributions of each and every one of our family members who help us provide superior health care to our community!


We would like to thank Dr. Andrew Sicard, General Surgeon, for speaking at the WellnessWorks Holiday Employer Luncheon on December 3rd. He spoke about hernia repair using traditional methods versus the new davinci robotic method. Pictured with Dr. Sicard is Peyton Miller, Robotics Account Manager; Andrew Brickley, VP of Business Development; and Ciara Fontenot, WellnessWorks Corporate Health Consultant.

Start Off The New Year Healthy!

Live 4 Life Health Fair Free and Low-cost Screenings Opelousas General Health System is excited to host our 13th Annual Community Live 4 Life Health Fair. OGHS along with other health related businesses will be offering free and low cost health screenings, educational demonstrations, and medical information. We will also have health professionals and technologists on-site to analyze test results and answer any questions you may have. Come and join us as we commit to a new healthier year!

13th Annual Community Health Fair

Saturday January 11, 2020 8:00a.m. - 11:00a.m. OGHS South Campus 3983 I-49 S. Service Road,

Free Screenings

Cholesterol Depression Peak Flow


Nutrition Ed. Pulse Oximetry Grip Strength Sleep Disorders

Blood Pressure

FREE Bag to the First 300 Participants!


Allergy Test Cardiovascular Breast Health Ed.

Vision & Glaucoma

Heart Rate


Vaccination Review - Dr . Carmen Johnson Oxygen Saturation - Acadian Ambulance Smoke House - Opelousas Fir e Dept. Fire House Model - La. State Fire Marshall Proper Handwashing & Use of Hand Sanitizer Boat & Hunting Safety - La. Wildlife & Fisher ies Car Seat Safety Checks and Information Air Evac Helicopter on Site Opioids, Antibiotics & Drug Interactions Safe Sleeping for Babies - Nur se Family Par tner ship Basic First Aid - Med Expr ess Cancer Screening Recommendations - Centr e de la Vie Chair Massages– Bar czyk Chir opr actic

Body Comp & Counseling Find out if you qualify for smoking cessation enrollment including FREE physician evaluations, medications, and supportive counseling. PSA $15 (Prostate Cancer) LIPID PROFILE $8 (Cholesterol Breakdown) TSH $5 (Thyroid) A1C $15 (3 month glucose average) Cash, Debit or Credit (no checks) Low-cost Screenings

Stroke Education And Much More!!!

The St. Landry Youth Leadership Council will Present: “How to make healthy choices” For children 18 & younger.


Brittany Fortie, NP at Centre de la Vie, recently facilitated a Hematology Guidelines Luncheon to provide recommendations for primary providers and to assist Centre de la Vie in triaging hematology consults. Pictured above are April Davy, LPN; Luke Leonards, NP; Dana Sonnier, LPN; Ashley Lopez, MA; Felicia Joseph, NP; Brittany Fortie, NP; Renee Fontenot, Centre de la Vie Director; Debra Matte, Racquel Gradney, NP; Rachael Cunningham, NP; Barbara LeDay, NP; Cindy Sereal, Centre de la Vie Practice Supervisor and Sam Zaunbrecher, Director of Oncology Satellite Services at Lafayette General Medical Center. Dr. Constance Cole Blunt is not pictured, but was present and contributed in the discussion.


On Saturday, December 14th, in the Main Campus Auditorium, OGHS hosted a Pediatric Skills Lab organized by Julia Dupree, Clinical Director of Inpatient Services, Shantelle Savant, Director of Education, and Mary Fontenot, Clinical Coordinator of the Nursery. The station presenters included Pam Major, RN and Joy Marmillion-Egby, RN. Nursing staff from 4North attended the Pediatric Skills Lab to expand their knowledge in order to provide the highest level of care to our pediatric patients. Five stations were provided, each reviewing necessary skills required when providing pediatric care. A total of 16 nurses attended including LPNs and RNs from 4North. Each participant was provided with an informational packet for future reference.

Physicians who participated in the lab included Dr. Carmen Johnson, Dr. Jessica Blanding and Dr. Mia Ben.

Main Campus 539 E Prudhomme St Opelousas, LA 70570

South Campus 3983 I 49 S Service Rd Opelousas, Louisiana 70570

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