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Opelousas General Health System Annual Report


Opelousas General Health System Annual Report 2018

Welcome from our Leadership

OGHS has been dedicated to the provision of quality health care through its strong commitment and high standards since 1957. Improving health care in St. Landry Parish has long been a passion and a hallmark of ours. At OGHS, community outreach is not just something we provide, it is at the heart of who we are.

Gina Bradley Tuttle Chairman of the Board of Trustees

As I reflect upon the last 20 years of my service on the Board of Trustees, I feel very fortunate to have been part of such an amazing team of dedicated and committed individuals. I am offered the opportunity to work with administration, the leadership team, physicians andmany of the employees of Opelousas General Health System. Being part of such an incredible team fuels my motivation to continue to lead this organization into the future. Although health care Publishing the OGHS Annual Report is very rewarding for our staff and for me. It allows our supporters to experience the wonderful things that are going on right here in their community. The ultimate success of our health system is centered on our mutual calling to help others. It is the people of OGHS that meet and

delivery is dramatically changing, the perseverance and determination that I have witnessed from the people of this organization has been unparalleled, leading us to the success that we celebrate in the present. I look forward to exceeding the expectations of our patients in providing the highest level of quality care and thank you—our community—for trusting our family to care for yours for the past 61 years. exceed the needs of our patients daily that have contributed to our prosperity. Opelousas General Health System is much more than a place for healing. For those who trust us with their care, OGHS represents hope, encouragement and, most importantly, love. We are making a difference every moment of every day for every life.

Kenneth Cochran, DSc, RN, FACHE President & CEO




Table of Contents

Welcome from our Leadership


The Five Pillars







Funding Our Future






Providing the Highest Quality of Community Health Care Since 1957, Opelousas General Health System (OGHS) has been dedicated to the provision of quality health care through its strong commitment and high standards. Central to the success of OGHS’s commitment to excellence is the presence of an outstanding and highly qualified staff of physicians, nurses, technologists and other personnel who provide professional treatment in a caring environment. Serving as the region’s referral medical center, OGHS is the area’s most comprehensive community health care facility offering a range of medical specialties and state-of-the-art technology. OGHS is a full-service, 197-bed medical center as advanced and innovative as other hospitals in the state. The Main Campus, South Campus and Sunset Campus facilities are located in St. Landry Parish, which boasts an extensive ambulatory population of more than 92,000. Our primary service area draws from surrounding communities, including: Arnaudville, Carencro, Church Point, Grand Coteau, Krotz Springs, Lawtell, Melville, Palmetto, Port Barre, Sunset, Ville Platte andWashington. Opelousas General is the second largest employer in Opelousas with more than 1,000 employees.

The esteemed men and women who serve on our Board of Trustees have been instrumental in the success of OGHS. Their diversity in leadership and skill, combined with their commitment to our health system, has helped us to achieve numerous milestones and great prosperity. We acknowledge their sacrifice and owe a depth of gratitude to them. They continue to share our health system’s vision of providing the most advanced quality of services to the community, and look forward to working with them for many years to come. 2018 Board of Trustees




CEO Kenneth Cochran Joins Legislative Regulatory & Policy Committee

The Louisiana Hospital Association has selected Kenneth Cochran, DSc, RN, FACHE, president and CEO of Opelousas General Health System, to serve on the Legislative, Regulatory & Policy Council (LRPC). As a member of the LRPC, Cochran will serve a significant role in the association by providing recommendations on various legislative, regulatory and policy matters to the LHA Board of Trustees. The work of the LRPC is a testament that working together can strengthen

the influence and voice in the legislative and regulatory arenas on both the state and federal levels. The LRPC hopes to continue a strong tradition of robust and successful advocacy on behalf of patients in Louisiana. “It is vital that the residents of Louisiana are protected and continue to have access to critical health care services as health reform continues to evolve,” says Cochran. “It will be an honor to serve the LHA by participating as a member of the LRPC.”

Opelousas General was honored to be the Cause Sponsor for the American Heart Association Louisiana’s Greater Acadiana Heart Walk, which took place March 24, 2018, at Couret Farms. Our President and CEO Kenneth Cochran served as chairman of the Heart Walk. The theme for the 2018 event was “Healthy for Good,” and information on small changes that offer big rewards in preventing heart disease was offered to the community.


Hospital Week

Read Across America

On May 11, 2018, in celebration of National Hospital Week, Opelousas General Health System hosted its Annual Employee Awards Banquet. Employees enjoyed great food and friendship. We also congratulated all of our service award recipients and thanked all employees for another wonderful year. Their hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed!

OGHS representatives celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with the St. Landry Parish School Board by reading to pre-K students on March 2, 2018.

Opelousas General Welcomes New Doctors

Opelousas General Health System welcomed Dr. Laura Owens , urologist, to themedical staff in2017. She received her medical training from LSU Health School of Medicine in Shreveport and completed her internship and residency there in the Department of Urology, where she served as chief resident. Amember of the American Urological Association, Dr. Owens has joined the medical practice of Southern Urology in Opelousas with Dr. John Vallee and is accepting appointments. To schedule, call 337-594-2025. Dr. Siby Ayalloore , cardiologist, joined the staff in January 2018 at the Cardiovascular Institute of the South. He received his medical degree from the University of Sint Eustatius in the Netherlands

Antilles. Both his Internal Medicine residency and Heart Transplant and Cardiomyopathy fellowship were completed at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, and he remained inNewOrleans to complete his Cardiology fellowship at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He previously practiced as a cardiologist inHouston and, in2012, was awarded theRajaW. Dhurandhar, MD., Cardiology Award for being an outstanding second-year cardiology resident. Dr. Ayalloore is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He is also certified in Cardiovascular Imaging. Dr. Ayalloore practiced part-time in Opelousas before joining the team at CIS and OGHS full-time.




Hall of Fame OpelousasGeneralHealthSystem’s inaugural Hall of Fame Gala was held January 25, 2018, at Wolff Hall inWashington. Five individuals were recognized andhonoredduring a special ceremony culminating the hospital’s year- long 60th anniversary celebration. Inductees included Dr. Charles Bertrand, pediatrician; Wayne Gilmore, past chairman of the Board of Trustees; Dr. Gerald Posner, OB/GYN and anesthesiologist; Garland “Captain” Roberts, director of environmental services; and Alzada Spraggins, RN.

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

On April 20, 2018, Brenda Trahan, volunteer director, held a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheonfor thewonderfulOGHSvolunteers. They enjoyed a delicious meal served by the Leadership Team and a presentation from guest speaker Kori Chisham, director of communications and volunteer outreach with the state of Louisiana. CEO Kenneth Cochran shared remarks and expressed his appreciation for the volunteers on behalf of the entire OGHS staff.

2018 Service Awards

30 years – From left: Ethel Fontenot, Kathy Latiolais, Tara Sibille and Mr. Cochran. Second row: Monique Fontenot and Katrina Prejean.

35 years – From left: Skip Clary, Stacy Bordelon, Frances Lavergne, Gwen St. Cyr and Mr. Cochran.

40 years – From left: Gregory Veillon, Florence Pickney and Mr. Cochran.



Good Catches

Brian Angelle , radiology technician, was recognized with a token of appreciation for his intervention to ensure a patient’s safety was maintained. Angelle’s commitment to following OGHS’s patient identification policies and processes resulted in an opportunity to make a “good catch” and protect a patient’s safety. Pictured: Karen Gremillion, RN CPHRM clinical risk manager, with Brian Angelle. Aline Duplechain , RN, Cath Lab staff nurse, was recognized by Karen Gremillion, RN, for her “good catch” when her keen nursing skills identified an opportunity to ensure patient safety was maintained. Duplechain (right) is pictured receiving a bag of tokens to the cafeteria for her exceptional vigilance in promoting safe patient care. Keshia Hicks , LPN, was recognized for her vigilance in keeping a patient safe. She identified an opportunity to address a questionable medication order, which resulted in a change by the physician and a patient safety “good catch.” Pictured (from left): Kelly Richard, RN, 5N clinical coordinator; Keshia Hicks, LPN; and Karen Gremillion, RN. Lillian Moten , RN, was also recognized for keeping patients safe by identifying an opportunity through our reporting system. She received tokens for a free meal in the cafeteria.

Burger Day To serve as a token of

appreciation for the dedication of the entire OGHS team, the administration provided lunch to the more than 1,000 members of our staff. Employees enjoyed grilled burgers with all the fixings, along with chips and a drink. Fortunately, the weather cooperated and everyone enjoyed a much-needed break outdoors.

“Through their dedication and commitment to our hospital and to our patients, these individuals have exemplified our mission of providing the highest quality of care. We are pleased to honor these very special individuals who have given so much of themselves to OGHS.” Gina Bradley Tuttle, chairman of the Board of Trustees

Pictured (from left): Lillian Moten, RN; and Karen Gremillion, RN.

Reporting GOOD CATCHES gives our hospital leaders the opportunity to review and refine processes to ensure patient safety remains a top priority. Gremillion is encouraging all employees to report GOODCATCHES through our Complytrack Occurrence Reporting System.



S E R V I C E & T E C H N O L O G Y

OGHS Invests in Robotic Diagnostic X-ray Solution to Meet Growing Community Imaging Needs

Together with Ultimate Medical Services, Visaris Americas was proud to announce the installation of its premium, fully robotic, Vision C ceiling-suspended digital X-ray suite at Opelousas General’s South Campus in February of 2018. The Vision C digital x-ray suite is designed to provide all levels of imaging facilities with a high functioning, ceiling-suspended solution that delivers numerous benefits at the touch of a button: fully-robotic 360 patient positioning, seamless image stitching for orthopedics and smooth, fluid movements. “The robotic system improves patient comfort, while the digital component yields more diagnostic information at

significantly less radiation exposure,” says Dr. Paula Sharkey, Radiologist withOpelousasGeneral HealthSystem. “Our team is dedicated to delivering high-quality medical imaging solutions that best meet the needs of our customers.” “OGHS has chosen to provide a state- of-the-art diagnostic system—the first in Louisiana—to improve their patient comfort and diagnostic capabilities,” says Kevin Fix, CEO of Ultimate Medical Services. “We have received a great response from the South Campus site, noting a tremendous increase in workflow and radiologist satisfaction with the image quality,” continues Fix.

“ Our team is dedicated to delivering high-quality medical imaging solutions that best meet the needs of our customers. ”

Dr. Paula Sharkey, Radiologist

Elderly Awareness/TRIAD Opelousas General Health System collaborates with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department quarterly by providing a booth at the department’s TRIAD luncheons. These meetings are geared toward the elderly population and provide valuable information regarding safety and health.



Congratulations to “AHEC of a Summer” and “Future Nurses” Students

2018 marked the 18th year that Opelousas General Health System hosted students participating in the “AHEC of a Summer” program and the second year hosting the “Future Nurses” program. Both programs require students to rotate in various departments shadowing medical professionals in different fields in order to be exposed to medical careers. These students earn a half credit toward their high school curriculum. Both programs ended in June, and the students could not have been more appreciative of their experience. Thanks to Ciara Fontenot with WellnessWorks, Marcus Speyrer with the Wound Treatment Center, Chris Pilgreen with LHC Group and Dr. Mia Ben who took time out of their schedules to speak to the students. Thanks also goes to these employees and leaders participating in these programs:

Debby Andrepont, Physician Practices Shelton Anthony, Environmental Services John Armand, Maintenance JoLynn Bergeron, Sleep Center Jerry Besson, Lab Stacy Bordelon, Case Management Kristie Cormier, Physician Practices Renee Fontenot, Centre de la Vie Jackie Guillory, Physician Practices Jackie Harbour, IT

Bryan Labbe, Bio Med Jamie Lee, Nursing Services Claudia Neef, FANS

Craig Ortego, Surgery Tonya Romero, Quality Shannon Sam, Business Office Shelby Savoy, Respiratory Sandy Soileau, ICU Krystal Watson, Physician Practices



S E R V I C E & T E C H N O L O G Y


CIS Cardiologist is First in the State to Use New Implantable Defibrillator Dr. Siby Ayalloore, cardiologist at Cardiovascular Institute of the South, was the first in Louisiana to implant the VIGILANT™ Cardiac ResynchronizationTherapy Defibrillator at Opelousas General Health System. This new device combines long-lasting battery technology, therapy optimization and HeartLogic™ Heart Failure Diagnostics to improve heart failure management. The diagnostic component is proven to provide 70 percent sensitivity in detecting heart failure events weeks before a patient may need to be hospitalized. Additionally, the Heart Failure Sensor Suite provides multi- factorial, physiological, patient- specific data, allowingphysicians to

make the best informed decisions for treating heart failure patients. The device is also powered by EnduraLife™ Battery Technology, which has nearly two times the usable battery capacity as certain competitive devices. With this technology, a patient’s device will last approximately 10 years before needing a replacement. “Thesenewheart failurediagnostics make all the difference for our patients,” explains Dr. Ayalloore. “This new system takes what we already know and packages it in a way which is easily understood by everyone. This ultimately can lead to better patient outcomes, and it decreases the chances of hospital readmissions.”

In partnership with Ochsner Health Network, the Telestroke program allows patients to receive timely stroke care from a neurologist via telemedicine. Twelve tele-neurologists are utilized to support this service. This new technology allows patients to receive top of the line stroke care in their local emergency room. Since the start of the TeleStroke program in September 2017, Opelousas General Health System has utilized the robot for 66 consults at its Main Campus and nine consults at the South Campus through June of 2018.

Community Baby Shower In celebration and recognition of National Breastfeeding MonthandWorldBreastfeedingWeek,OpelousasGeneral Health Systemoffered a free Community Baby Shower for all new and expectant parents and grandparents, as well as business owners, church and community organization leaders on August 9, 2018. Attendees had the opportunity to talk to staff about what makes Opelousas General different as Acadiana’s first “baby-friendly” designated facility. Several community agencies were also on hand to offer education and information on topics such as pre-natal care, breastfeeding and new parent resources. Pre-natal break- out sessions were held throughout the event in lieu of

the hospital’s usual three-week prenatal class. These mini-sessions covered topics from breastfeeding to labor comfort measures, infant care and safety—and a brand new class for grandmothers-to-be called Nana’s Time.

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Summer Students Each year from June through July, Opelousas General Health System hosts a summer student employment program. The students must be 17 years of age and come from the rec- ommendation of a board member of

OGHS. They work 3 days a week for 6 weeks. As part of the summer stu- dentprogram,thestudentsarerequired to attend a General Orientation and three education sessions with guest speakers from selected departments of which the students have interest in. A representative from the department

makes a presentation about their field of study, education required, pay and the opportunities in that profession. Most students perform clerical duties, learn customer service skills and the opportunity to shadow a professional in the health care system. In 2017, we employed 51 students.

Doctor’s Day

Standards of Behavior Recognition Congratulations to the following employees who have received the most “Steppin’ to Service Cards” in 2017. Service cards are written for employees who go beyond their daily performance to assist patients, fellow employees, guests, physicians or other members of the staff. In 2017, 650 Steppin’ to Service Cards were processed. These individuals exemplify service!

On March 22, 2018, Opelousas General Health System celebrated National Doctor’s Day with a luncheon for physicians and their spouses. During the luncheon, the hospital honored the following physicians for their years of service: 10 Year Award: Eric Amy, M.D.; Karen Simpson, M.D.; Phillip Bacilla Jr., M.D.; Robert McReynolds Jr., M.D.; Salvador Vazquez, M.D.; Stacey Mayeaux, M.D. 20 Year Award: Damian Badeaux, M.D. and Derek Metoyer, M.D. 40 Year Award: Phillip Landry, M.D.

Clyde Hawkins (EVS) 19 cards

Shelton Anthony (EVS) 12 cards

Bradley Pickney (EVS) 8 cards

Maxie Lewis (EVS) 7 cards

Rhonda Babineaux (EVS) 6 cards

Brenda Keys (EVS) 6 cards

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S E R V I C E & T E C H N O L O G Y

CIS One of First in the World to Use New Access Site for Coronary Intervention

“ I’m excited to be an early adopter of left distal transradial access. This is the beginning of the future. ”

Dr. David Homan, interventional cardiologist at Cardiovascular Institute of the South, is among the first 100 in the world to perform a coronary interventionusing left distal transradial access, which is located in the hand. Offering many benefits to patients, this new access point was first used by Dr. Homan in the catheterization laboratory at Opelousas General Health System. Traditionally, interventionalprocedures have used access points through the groin, or in recent years, through the wrist. However, this new option with the access point in the hand provides even more benefits to patients, such

as increased comfort during and after the procedure, less bleeding, lower risk of complications, faster recovery and, more distinctly, earlier discharge. “Procedures using this new access point are ultimately designed for patient comfort,” says Dr. Homan. “I’m excited to be an early adopter of left distal transradial access. The international collaboration and support from the best cardiologists around the world is also very exciting. This is the beginning of the future.” CIS remains committed to bringing our communities the latest technologies in cardiovascular diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. David Horman, Cardiovascular Institute of the South

Know Your Numbers

Opelousas General Health System initiated the Know Your Numbers (KYN) program in 2017. KYN is designed to offer low-cost wellness screenings. Glucose tests are offered for $2, lipid profiles for $8, thyroid screenings for $5 and A1Cs for $15. Know Your Numbers is held quarterly at our South Campus from 7-10 a.m. Patients do not need an appointment or doctor’s order to participate in the screenings.

The program has been very successful and, moving forward, we plan to expand health screenings with additional opportunities. This will involve inviting our service departments and joint ventures to participate in offering screenings and showcasing services available to the community. It is the hospital’s hope that patients will take advantage of these affordable screenings and be proactive—rather than reactive.

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CIS First to Use New Stent Technology in Opelousas

CIS interventional cardiologist Dr. Robert Menuet II was the first to use the TRYTON Side Branch Stent to treat coronary artery disease at Opelousas General Health System. The flexible new stent technology is specially designed to fit the shape of a blocked main heart artery that also has a blockage located in the side branch of the heart. It is delivered to the artery via a balloon delivery catheter and is used in conjunction with a conventional drug-eluding stent implanted in the main vessel. Stenting of the main branch is the current standard of care, but in many cases the side branch is not stented, leaving it vulnerable to complications, such as future blockages. “The TRYTON stent technology allows patients with complicated artery blockages to avoid bypass surgery and have an outpatient procedure in the cath lab where they can go home that day,” says Dr. Menuet. “It’s one of the most advanced technologies in fixing these types of blockages, and we

are proud to offer it to the O p e l o u s a s community.” C o r o n a r y a r t e r y disease, the leading cause of death in

The flexible TRYTON Side Branch Stent is specially designed to fit the shape of a blocked main heart artery that also has a blockage located in the side branch of the heart. It is delivered to the artery via a balloon delivery catheter and is used in conjunction with a conventional drug-eluding stent implanted in the main vessel.

the U.S. in both men and women, often results in the buildup of plaque at a site where one artery branches from another or bifurcation. Approximately 20-30 percent of all patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions to open blocked arteries have a bifurcation lesion. The TRYTON Side Branch Stent is a cobalt chromium stent based on Tri-ZONE® technology engineered to provide complete lesion coverage and more predictable patient outcomes. In 2017, the TRYTON Side Branch Stent became the first dedicated bifurcation stent to receive regulatory approval in the U.S.

OGHS Welcomed Students from Northwest High

Students from Northwest High School, who are enrolled in Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program, attended education sessions held at Opelousas General to discuss the various health care opportunities available as career paths. JAG is a state-based, national nonprofit organization that provides an educational setting to promote academic and skills attainment, civic responsibility, leadership

development and social awareness necessary to become a responsible citizen and productive worker. OGHS was honored to be a part of this incredible journey as these students transition from school to work. Special thanks to Jackie Harbour, Jerry Besson, Kevin Gobert, Lawrence Delahoussaye, Jackie Simien and Madeline Briley (pharmacy intern) for speaking to these students about their future careers.

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“ We are honored to be able to support working mothers in the nourishment of their babies by providing a safe, comfortable and private designated area to breast feed or pump. ”

OGHS has been designated as a “Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Champion” by the Mary Amelia Women’s Health Center and the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition. Opelousas General received this designation because it provides time, space and support for employees who breastfeed or pump milk to feed their babies. Businesses that support employees who are breastfeeding have lower health care costs, lower turnover, higher productivity and morale and positive public image in their communities. To qualify as a Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Champion, workplaces must offer: Opelousas General Health System Designated as Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Champion

CEO Kenneth Cochran

Cardiopulmonary Rehab Reaccreditation

OGHS’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs have been re-certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Both programs were required to meet strict standards of practice to receive their re-certification.

Reasonable break time for working mothers to pump breast milk each time they need to throughout the day.

One or more permanent breastfeeding rooms—or a clean, private and safe space with an outlet, other than a toilet stall, that mothers can use for lactation when needed.

A working sink near the breastfeeding location where mothers can clean pumping equipment.

Lactation support communicated to all current and future employees.

Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Champions have also written policies to support breastfeeding in the workplace.

Cardio and Pulmonary Rehabilitation team, from left: Tricia Dartez, director of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation; Katrina Prejean, LPC; JC Pearce, RN; and Laurie Lormand, RN.

“We are honored to be able to support working mothers in the nourishment of their babies by providing a safe, comfortable and private designated area to breast feed or pump,” says CEO Kenneth Cochran.

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OGHS Awarded Safety Grant

OGHS was announced as a 2018 recipient of the Funds for Safety Grant sponsored by the LHA Trust Funds. The 2018 grant will be used to fund targeted temperature management to improve patient outcomes in the emergency department and ICU. OGHS’s previous Funds for Safety grant project in 2017 included improving emergency department security through training and surveillance. The Funds for Safety Grant Program was created in 2012 by 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 $1.7 million to fund approximately 100 unique projects for facilities in Louisiana.


Opelousas General Health System Named “Most Wired”

Life’s Champions

Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health, according to results of the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum in 2017. According to the survey, “Most Wired” hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. This is the seventh time OGHS has received the designation. “I am very excited to be among the ‘Most Wired’ hospitals in America again this year,” says Jared Lormand, OGHS chief information officer. “We strive to bring state-of-the- art technology to patients in our Opelousas community.”

Life’s Champions was formed in 1985 to serve the needs of senior citizens. At the time, this was a new dimension in providing health information, resources and social activities for seniors. Today, the program is offered free to local and area residents who have attained the age of 55 years. Members of Life’s Champions are presented with the latest health topics in the OGHS quarterly member newsletter and at quarterly meetings. Life’s Champions receive free health screenings at our annual Live4Life Health Fair held on the last Saturday in April.They also enjoy special social gatherings, group travel and volunteer opportunities. Upon registration, members receive the newsletter outlining all of the benefits of membership. OGHS offers members a 20 percent discount at the hospital’s Lil’ General Café and a 10 percent discount on items in the hospital gift shop.

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Investing in our people, physical assets and current capital needs, while also investing in the needs of tomorrow.

OGHS FY 2018 Financials











Net Operating Revenue 2014-2018



$ 136,189,982

$ 130,565,720


Wages & Benefits



Drugs & Supplies












Total Employees



Capital Spending



*Includes EMR Install

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ER VISITS 2014-2018


53,627 54,634














CAPITAL SPENDING 2014-2018 ( in millions )


























Total Surgeries 2014-2018

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Opelousas General Paints the Town Pink

Opelousas General painted the town pink once again in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All of the community was invited to join OGHS in its efforts to educate and bring about awareness of breast cancer.

Why do we Paint the Town Pink in our Community?

In Louisiana, it was predicted there would be 3,320 new invasive female breast cancer cases in 2017. Statistics prove that mammograms save lives. We are making a difference by providing free mammograms to women and men who do not have insurance or who cannot afford a mammogram. 2017 also marked our 10-year anniversary of this educational and fundraising initiative. Breast cancer awareness t-shirts were sold at our Main Campus gift shop, and we asked everyone to show their support by wearing a Paint the Town Pink (PTTP) t-shirt or something pink every Friday during October. A “pinkest” business and school decorating contest were also planned, and we encouraged schools and businesses of all sizes to participate. Our Pink Bag Luncheon was held October 20 at Evangeline Downs Event Center. To celebrate 10 years of Paint the Town Pink, we also hosted an evening of cocktails and laughter. Our “Tickled Pink” event featured local comedian Caroline Picard and was held at the Historic Delta Grand Theatre on October 26.

2017 marked the 10-year anniversary of Paint the Town Pink. In Louisiana, it was predicted there would be 3,320 new invasive female breast cancer cases that same year.

For more information on any of our “Paint the Town Pink” activities, visit www.opelousasgeneral.com.

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Centre de la Vie Grand Opening

The grand opening and ribbon cutting of our new comprehensive cancer center Centre de la Vie on April 26, 2018, at the South Campus was a huge success. We received overwhelming support and participation from our medical staff, Board of Trustees, employees and community members. Our guests enjoyed refreshments, music by the Vermillion Strings Orchestra and tours of the new 11,000-square-foot facility.

Our newly decorated courtyard was also on display, featuring a mural painted by local artist Jerome Ford. Centre de la Vie, which means “Center of Life,” provides radiation therapy, chemotherapy and infusion therapy— all inone convenient location.The center is in collaboration with Cancer Center of Acadiana, part of Lafayette General Health, and Oncologics, offering a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care that aligns patients with a highly skilled, expert medical staff.

OGHS CEO Kenneth Cochran addressed the audience during a community “Think Tank” coordinated by Tracey Antee, foundation director. During this Think Tank event, business leaders in health care met to discuss community resource opportunities in St. Landry Parish and abroad. The group created three goals to work toward a healthy St. Landry. Think Tank

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Opelousas General Health System Foundation

Since 2006, Opelousas General Health System Foundation has provided programs, events and resources to support the OGHS community, patients and employees. The foundation is a nonprofit sub-entity of OGHS governed by a board of directors. The 11th Annual OGHS Foundation Golf Tournament, held each spring, is supported by major sponsorships from LHC Group, Compass Health and Gachassin Law Firm. With over 20 teams participating, the funds raised were able to support the OGHS Foundation Scholarship Program.

organizations supported by S.P.I.C.E during the fourth campaign were Eunice Community Health Center, Hope for Opelousas, The Refinery, Miles Perret Cancer Services and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. In the spring of 2018, OGHS Foundation held a Think Tank on Community Health to address how community organizations could collaborate to improve health outcomes and factors in the OGHS service area. In the area of public health, one entity alone cannot take on the enormous task of influencing the entire population. Healthy St. Landry is comprised of over 20 collaborative

partners focused on three initiatives identified by the Think Tank on Community Health. The Healthy St. Landry Alliance’s three initiatives are to establish a steering committee to guide the efforts of Healthy St. Landry and develop a strategic plan; identify parish resources and develop a directory of health and wellness services that will be publicly accessible; and research and identify the feasibility of

In 2018, the OGHS Foundation, through funds raised from the annual golf tournament, awarded scholarships to eight students. These eight students, through their hard work and dedication in pursuing their higher education goals, will receive a cumulative amount of nearly $40,000 in scholarship funding. Since its inception, the OGHS Foundation Scholarship Program has

Since its inception, the OGHS Foundation Scholarship Program has awarded 100 students scholarships in the field of health care to various higher education institutions.

awarded 100 students scholarships in the field of health care to various higher education institutions. In addition, the Foundation also administers the Morrow, Morrow, Ryan, Bassett, & Haik Scholarship Program, which awards $2,500 each to deserving St. Landry and Evangeline Parish students. TheOGHSFoundationemployee-givingprogram, S.P.I.C.E, which stands for Special People in a Caring Environment, closed out its fourth three-year campaign in 2018. This campaign raised over $275,000 through employee payroll deductions to fund the Employee Benevolence Fund that supports employees in their time of need. S.P.I.C.E. also funded the hospital project of providing an infant security system to ensure the safety of our newest patients. In addition, S.P.I.C.E funds were awarded to local organizations that support our community. The

a health and wellness hub concept. Healthy St. Landry meets monthly to actively work on the initiatives established, recruit new collaborative partners and share vital tools and resources. In January of 2018, the first Hall of Fame Gala recognized, celebrated and publicized the work of exemplary individuals whose longstanding contributions have had a lasting impact on the hospital, the community and the patients we serve. The initial Hall of Fame Gala honored Dr. Charles Bertrand, pediatrician; Wayne Gilmore, past OGHS Board of Trustees chair; Dr. Gerald Posner, OB/ GYN and anesthesiologist; Garland Roberts, director of environmental services; and Alzada Spraggins, RN. This event supports the operations of the Opelousas General Health System Foundation to in turn support OGHS in improving healthy outcomes for everyone we serve.

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