In the News July


Craig Ortego has been named assistant vice president (AVP), Cancer Center of Acadiana at Lafayette General. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the medical oncology physician practices and the Infusion Center. For the last several months he has been a consultant and has been instrumental in the creation of Lafayette General’s new Cancer Center.
Ortego is returning to LGMC after many years, having been part of the organization in the early 1990’s. During that time, he was instrumental in the creation of the Plaza Suites on 8th floor, serving as its director. His 30 years of healthcare experience also includes serving as CEO of Eunice Regional Medical Center, Administrator of Surgical Oncology for MD Anderson, and CEO of Quality Health Network, providing operational assistance and expertise to community hospitals. He holds a Master’s of Healthcare Administration from College of St. Francis, in Joliet, Illinois, and a B.S. from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, in addition to numerous professional and civic affiliations.
Brandon Pitre joins Lafayette General Surgical Hospital as vice president/administrator on May 3. A native of Lafayette, he has spent the last three years at Surgical Foundation Associates in San Antonio, Texas, most recently as operations manager for their surgical hospital—a facility with 4 operating rooms, 20 beds and 130 employees. His experience also includes serving as regional support supervisor for Walgreens Homecare in San Antonio, and managerial positions at The SCOOTER Store in New Braunfels. Pitre holds a Master’s of Business Administration, Healthcare Administration from American Intercontinental University and a B.A. from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

2010 Louisiana Medicare Quality Summit

BATON ROUGE- Over 250 health care providers and policy makers gathered to share information, insights and applaud the quality improvement work of Louisiana award recipients. eQHealth recognized physicians, hospitals, nursing homes and home health agencies with their 2009 Health Care Quality Award.
The awards ceremony was held during the 2010 Louisiana Medicare Quality Summit on April 26 in Baton Rouge. Award winning physicians practices, hospitals, nursing homes, and home health agencies are listed at

Dedication of Joint New Orleans/Australian Medical School

NEW ORLEANS – On Monday, May 10, 2010, Ochsner Medical Center and the University of Queensland celebrated the formal dedication of The University of Queensland (UQ) School of Medicine Clinical School at Ochsner.
The UQ School of Medicine Clinical School at Ochsner is a unique, joint affiliation that provides U.S. medical students with unprecedented, international-medical training experience. The collaboration, which began in 2009, provides both overseas (Brisbane, Australia) and U.S. (New Orleans) education for Australian and American medical students.
“Very few organizations in the world offer this type of collaboration, whereby U.S. medical students can broaden their medical training and experience to receive some of the best education opportunities of two different countries,” explains Dr. William W. Pinsky, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Ochsner Health System.
The University of Queensland Medical School in Brisbane, Australia, is fully accredited by the Australian Medical Council, the official entity that establishes the highest standards possible for Australian medical schools, and is one of Australia’s leading medical schools.

Survivors Get A Kick Out Of National Cancer Survivor Day

Lafayette, LA – Amidst laughter and cheers, nearly 700 survivors, and their family and caregivers celebrated at OncoLogics, Inc.’s 17th annual National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, May 16, at the Lafayette Hilton. The afternoon was highlighted by an appearance from special guest New Orleans Saints’ punter, Thomas Morstead.
“Thomas Morstead’s mother is a 10-year cancer survivor, so he was able to make a real, personal connection with our patients and their families,” said Nichole Forstall, Chief Operating Officer of OncoLogics. “We wanted to harness the hope, faith and perseverance that he and his family experienced, combined with the strength of character the Saints displayed during their Super Bowl run, and bring that infectious spirit to our survivors’ day event.”
The event was the most attended NCSD celebration in OncoLogics’ 17-year history of hosting the event. “We moved the event to the Hilton after outgrowing the facility we used in previous years. We may already be in need of a larger space!,” said Forstall.
National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual, worldwide Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities throughout the United States, Canada, and other participating countries.  Participants unite in a symbolic event to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive. Anyone living with a history of cancer, from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life, is a cancer survivor, according to the NCSD Foundation. It is reported that approximately 12 million Americans are now living with or beyond a cancer diagnosis.
Visit for more information about National Cancer Survivors Day and to view photos from the event.

Our Lady of the Lake Named Hospital of the Year for Respiratory Care Two Years in a Row

Baton Rouge, LA – For the second year in a row, Our Lady of the Lake (OLOL) Regional Medical Center has been recognized as the Hospital of the Year for Respiratory Care for hospitals with over 200 beds by the Louisiana Society for Respiratory Care (LSRC).
OLOL’s Respiratory Care Department includes nearly 75 highly-qualified professionals who work closely with physicians and nurses to extend great care to our patients through accurate diagnosis and effective, individualized treatment. The team was recognized with this award for their competence, professionalism and evidence of best outcomes.
All OLOL Respiratory Therapists are members of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) demonstrating professional commitment and growth.
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is smoke-free.

Largest Insurers Incorrectly Pay One in Five Claims, Says AMA

CHICAGO- Health insurers don’t correctly process one in five medical claims, causing delays and adding more work, hassle, and cost to the healthcare system, according to a new American Medical Association scorecard.
The most accurately paying insurer was Coventry Health Care Inc., which had an 88.41% correct claims processing score. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield came out last, with an accuracy rating of 73.98%, the AMA survey said.
Other companies scored include Health Care Services Corporation, UnitedHealthcare Group, CIGNA Corp., Humana Inc. and Aetna, which scored in between in that order.
That’s according to the AMA’s latest rating of one of the 17 metrics, called the Electronic Remittance Advice accuracy, which included many of the other metrics as well and which the AMA said reflects the best overall measure of insurance company payment. Other aspects of the scoring include rate of denials, timeliness, and the degree to which health plans communicate their fee schedules to providers.
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