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Are You Aware of Medical Identity Theft? – By: Mary Ellen Pratt, FACHE, CEO

Kassie Roussel - Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Comments (0)
There is much talk about identity theft and how to safeguard your financial information, but did you know that thieves can steal your medical identity too? What is Medical Identity Theft?  Medical Identity Theft is when a thief uses your… Read More

SEPSIS: Deadly & Difficult to Diagnose – By: Mary Ellen Pratt, FACHE, CEO

Kassie Roussel - Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Comments (0)
Sepsis is one of the most common causes of death in a hospital, affecting 1 million people and killing more Americans each year than AIDs, prostate cancer and breast cancer combined.  One reason for the high death rate is that… Read More

What is a Medicare Wellness Visit? – By: Mary Ellen Pratt, FACHE, CEO

Kassie Roussel - Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Comments (0)
For more than 40 years, Medicare has provided seniors with health coverage, concentrating on treating beneficiaries’ conditions and diseases when they are sick or injured.  That changed in 2011 when Medicare began emphasizing preventive care to keep people healthy from… Read More

Resist Asking for Antibiotics – By: Mary Ellen Pratt, FACHE, CEO

Kassie Roussel - Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Comments (0)
In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a landmark report sounding the alarm of the urgent threat facing human health – antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Antibiotics and similar drugs, together called antimicrobial agents, have been used for the last 70… Read More

Be Smart for Your Heart – By: Mary Ellen Pratt, FACHE, CEO

Kassie Roussel - Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Comments (0)
There’s promising news when it comes to your heart. While yes, heart disease is the number one killer in the United States for both men and women, your odds of avoiding this fate can be surprisingly good—if you practice a… Read More

The Importance of Rural Healthcare – By: Mary Ellen Pratt, FACHE, CEO

Kassie Roussel - Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Comments (0)
Compared to big-city hospitals, rural hospitals—like St. James Parish Hospital—are small in size, but what we offer in regard to quality, technology and service makes a big impact on our community. Although most rural hospitals aren’t equipped to offer a… Read More

Gene Testing for Breast Cancer – By: Mary Ellen Pratt, FACHE, CEO

Kassie Roussel - Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Comments (0)
Are You at Greater Risk for Breast Cancer? We now know that family history and genetics can increase the risk of breast cancer.  Specifically, we know that BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes that produce tumor suppressor proteins.  When either… Read More

No more independent physician? – By: Mary Ellen Pratt, FACHE, CEO

Kassie Roussel - Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Comments (0)
Partnering for Patients If you are like many patients, your physician is now working for a hospital.  Patients across the country are seeing their doctors’ offices suddenly change hands. This can be unsettling, especially for those patients with chronic conditions… Read More

Preparing for the Storm – By: Mary Ellen Pratt, FACHE, CEO

Kassie Roussel - Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Comments (0)
Natural disasters and emergency weather incidents leave us feeling scared and unsafe, but we want you to know that your local hospital works hard year-round to be as prepared as possible to help even when unplanned disasters strike. The Calm… Read More

Matters of the Heart – By: Mary Ellen Pratt, FACHE, CEO

Kassie Roussel - Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Comments (0)
February is American Heart Month.  We see a ton of great tips and tools about living a lifestyle that supports heart health, but in this article, I want to focus beyond this information. I will discuss the importance of speaking… Read More

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