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    The cover includes nurses who helped earn our 5-Star Rating. Read more about the rating inside the newsletter here, as well as the Cut Off Clinic construction timeline, our Community Pharmacies, our After Hours Clinic, and a message from our CEO.

    Love Lights a Tree

    Lady of the Sea General Hospital hosted Love Lights a Tree in conjunction with the American Cancer Society on the evening of December 9th. The tree was lit and decorated with ornaments memorializing and honoring those that have been touched by cancer. The event was very well attended by our community. The survivor speech was delivered by Bethany Legendre. Her story was heartfelt and brought hope and peace to those in attendance. Thank you to everyone who participated in our event this year.

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    Lady of the Sea AFTER HOURS Clinic has moved!

    The After Hours Clinic is now located inside Lady of the Sea Medical Clinic - CUT OFF at 144 West 134th Place, in front of the hospital. The walk-in clinic means no appointments are necessary. The South Lafourche community has a convenient location during evenings and weekends for medical care of minor illnesses, injuries and infections. Open 7 days a week, Monday through Friday from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm.

    Click here to view the After Hours page

    Commercial - Surgery Team at LOSGH

    You can feel comfortable coming to Lady of the Sea knowing that you are receiving the very best in medical care. View this TV Commercial about our excellence in surgery at Lady of the Sea General Hospital.
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    LOSGH Receives Studer Award

    Lady of the Sea has earned the "Firestarter" Award, also known as the Healthcare Organization of the Month Award, for May 2012. Quint Studer, founder of the Studer Group, is shown in this video presenting us with this prestigious award. The award distinguishes LOSGH among other hospitals by highlighting our improvements to quality of care.

    See the video here

    Lady of the Sea Listed in LA Top Hospitals

    Louisiana Life Magazine has listed Lady of the Sea General Hospital as a top hospital in the state, among others. Patients queried by Medicare about their quality of service from hospitals are the source of evaluations that can be found on The ranking in this article from the magazine is the work of two years of research by the magazine using Medicare's evaluations. At least 50 percent of the patients queried had to give the hospital a top overall ranking of 9 or 10 in order to qualify for the magazine's elite listing. Lady of the Sea is proud of its employees, who have all contributed to the consistent high scoring. "Louisiana's Top Hospitals - The Patients Speak" can be viewed on Louisiana Life's website:

    LOS Medical Clinics convert to Electronic Health Records!

    Lady of the Sea Medical Clinics have converted to Electronic Health Records!
    Patients will be able to: Exchange messages with our practice, review and pay billing statements, request appointments, research health topics, review Personal Health Information, complete and update medical forms, and update your profile and contact information. There is also a link on our main website,, on the main navigation bar with other links titled "Clinic Portal" or click here to access it now.

    Ask your provider for more information!

    Web address and personal PIN will be available upon office visit check-in.

    Wrapped Up in Appreciation

    Mr. Rex Matherne and his wife, Mrs. Anna Matherne recently donated a beautiful hand-made quilt to our staff in appreciation of the care Mr. Matherne received during a recent ER visit. "We wanted to show our appreciation for all that the staff did for Rex, for all ya'll help getting him back well. We want people to see the quilt and know how good the care is at our hospital," said Mrs. Matherne. Our staff was so grateful to be recognized with such a heartfelt gift. The quilt has a medical theme in each panel, including one that depicts our Physicians and one that depicts our Nurses. The quilt will be displayed in our lobby for everyone to see and enjoy the beautiful work of art. Shown (L-R) Karen Collins, RN, CEO; Chantelle Bouffanie, CNA; Brittney Ledet, RN, BSN; Mr. Rex Matherne; Kalie Gisclair, RN, BSN; Mrs. Anna Matherne; Miss Ashlyn Shicksnider, Granddaughter.

    LOSGH Receives ISO-9001-2008 Quality System Certification and 5-star CMS Status

    Lady of the Sea General Hospital has received ISO 9001:2008 certification by DNV, a leading accreditor of U.S. hospitals that integrates ISO 9001 quality compliance with Medicare conditions of Participation. Lady of the Sea General Hospital is the first critical access hospital in Louisiana to receive this certification. In April, Lady of the Sea General Hospital was notified that it had also received the newly developed "5-Star" rating using HCAHPS results by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is a patient experience rating system based on surveys indicating patient's perspective of the care they receive in hospitals. Hospitals differ on the quality of care and services they provide to patients. HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) is the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients' perspectives of hospital care, and has been in place since 2008. In 2015, CMS began using a "star" system to make it easier for patients to recognize better quality care by facilities who participate in the HCAHPS system. To calculate the HCAHPS star ratings, the survey information from one hospital is compared to that from others. More starts indicate better quality care than fewer stars. "Lady of the Sea is proud to be the only 5-Star hospital in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes. In the state of Louisiana, there were 17 facilities to earn the 5-Star rating," said Karen Collins, CEO. "Our staff is committed to providing personalized, quality care, and their efforts are reflected in this patient focused accomplishment." ISO 9001 is a quality management system recognized by business around the world, including hospitals and healthcare providers, as the benchmark for continual quality improvement. It was created by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The ISO 9001:2008 standards place significant emphasis on proper documentation of all processes within a hospital to ensure that the staff is consistently delivering care in the safest and most effective way. While other certifications mandate specific yet static criteria for participation, ISO 9001:2008, focuses on continuous improvement of services and processes, which has a positive impact on safety and quality. DNV was authorized by CMS in 2008 as the only accreditation and certification program for hospitals that integrates the ISO quality management system with the core requirements for hospitals set forth by the U.S. government. Lady of the Sea General Hospital received their required hospital accreditation from DNV in January, 2011. The administration then chose to pursue ISO 9001:2008 certification, which is a more rigorous yearly quality assurance process than accreditation alone. To receive the certification, the hospital underwent an intense on-site evaluation each year for the next three years, showing progress and demonstrating quality in a number of areas including but not limited to inpatient care, outpatient care, administering of medications, food service, operating and administrative procedures, medical equipment and supplies, and infection control. To maintain this certification, each year the hospital will undergo a similar review by DNV to demonstrate continued compliance. "Hard work and dedication by our employees using their critical thinking skills in addition to their compassion and caring attitudes when it comes to patient care is what sets us apart and drives our high patient satisfaction scores," said Lloyd Guidry, COO at Lady of the Sea. "In addition to our patients being satisfied, we also focused on demonstrating quality and efficiency in all areas of our facility, which has enabled us to receive both of these designations at the same time. I'm very proud to be a member of this team at Lady of the Sea."

    Lady of the Sea's Lloyd Guidry, Jr. in National Magazine!

    Our Pharmacy Director and Chief Operating Officer, Lloyd Guidry, Jr., PharmD, RPh. is the main contributor of both a November 2015 edition expert column and a cover story in the June 2015 edition of Pharmacy Purchasing and Products, a national magazine targeting the Pharmacy industry.



    Lady of the Sea Participates in Mock Crash at SLHS

    LOSGH Emergency Department participated in a presentation in May at South Lafourche High School with the Sudden Impact program and other community emergency services to show the real-life consequences of impaired driving.

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    Lady of the Sea CEO Karen Collins featured in healthcare publication!

    Becker's Hospital Review, a healthcare industry publication reporting business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems, has posted the article "28 Nurses Who Transitioned to Hospital CEOs." Lady of the Sea General Hospital CEO Karen Collins is listed among several other peers with similar nursing backgrounds holding a top executive position. We are proud to have Karen lead LOSGH as CEO! Please click here to view the entire article.

    Parlor Trick That Boosts Brainpower

    Next time you forget where you parked, here's a little idea that could get you back behind the wheel pronto: Pinch your right nostril shut. Sounds strange, but research shows that pinching the right one shut and breathing through the left one boosts spatial memory -- that part of your brain that helps with memory and navigation.

    Pick a Side
    It's a right brain/left brain thing. In general, you use the left side of your brain to balance your checkbook, carry on conversations, and solve problems that require linear reasoning. The right side? It helps you paint like Picasso and recognize faces, and it controls spatial abilities. And the right side is also in charge of the left side of your body. But here's the twist: The left side of your body controls the right side of your brain, and vice versa. So when you breathe through the left nostril, it gives the right side of your brain a boost! It's neat cocktail-party trivia.

    Fats That Might Depress You

    Shift your fatty acid balance in favor of a brighter mood. Modern diets are high in omega-6 fatty acids -- found in meat, eggs, refined grains, and corn oil -- and low in omega-3 fatty acids. New research suggests this imbalance could be a risk factor for depression. Add more mood-boosting omega-3-rich foods, such as flaxseeds, fish, and nuts, to your diet. Omega-6s and omega-3s are forms of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Researchers have long suspected that deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids contributes to depression. Now, a new study reveals that the balance between omega-3s and omega-6s may influence depression risk. In the study, brain cell membranes of depressed rats had elevated levels of arachidonic acid, a type of omega-6, in certain areas. Nondepressed rats had lower levels. The amount of omega-3s in the brains of both depressed and nondepressed rats, however, did not differ significantly. Omega-6s are found in abundance in red meat, poultry, refined grains, and certain fats such as corn oil and margarine.

    Get Fit Faster with This One Easy Rule

    The deceptively simple path to a fit bod begins with the easiest activity in the world: walking.

    Every get-fit plan should start with a basic 30-minute daily walk for 30 days. It will prime your body for the muscle-toning and stamina-building exercises you need in order to go from couch potato to hot tamale. Cheat or skip this simple step and you run the risk of injuring yourself and falling off the fitness wagon.

    First Things First
    According to RealAge expert Mehmet Oz, MD, an out-of-shape muscle is deficient in two things: tiny powerhouse factories (called mitochondria) that generate juice for your workouts, and contractile proteins that give the muscle strength. And walking for 30 minutes a day -- or for 10 minutes three times a day -- for a month replenishes mitochondria and contractile proteins, so your body will be ready and able to build on your fitness routine.

    Take the Next Step
    When you're ready to expand your exercise program, follow Dr. Oz's guidelines for sculpting a lean, healthy body:
    • After 30 days of walking, add 10 minutes of resistance training, focusing on the large muscle groups of your body (back, abs, quads, glutes, shoulders, and hamstrings) every other day.
    • The next month, add another 10 minutes of resistance training, hitting your remaining muscle groups (chest, shoulders, and arms) every other day.
    • Congratulations! After 90 days, you'll be ready to bust out your cutest workout gear and showcase your skills in Salsa Step or Morning Muscle Up class. Add 21 minutes of stamina-building exercise to your routine three times a week.



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