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Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge
| May / June 2011 Issue
(2009); and the Resident Award for best teaching
faculty at LSUHSC–Shreveport in the Department of Surgery
Dr. Griffen received his undergraduate degree from
Louisiana Tech University
and graduated from
State University Medical School
New Orleans
. He com-
pleted his internship and residency at
LSU Medical Center-
in general surgery. Griffen maintained a private
practice in general, thoracic, and vascular surgery with
Highland Clinic
in Shreveport from 1972 to 2007. During this
time, he maintained an academic appointment in surgery at
the LSU Medical Center. Since 2007, he has established his
practice as a professor of clinical surgery at LSUHSC-
Teaching Practice Receives Chamber’s Top Honor
South Louisiana Medical Associates
(SLMA) at
J. Chabert Medical Center
in Houma received the
Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce
2011 Large Business
of the Year Award. A committee from the
U.S. Chamber of
evaluated award nominees on business success
and community involvement.
The graduate medical education practice provides adult pri-
mary care, a women’s clinic, a pediatric clinic, and residency
training. It also offers specialty care in dermatology, psychia-
try, gastroenterology, and oncology and high-quality disease
management programs for asthma, diabetes, hypertension,
HIV, obesity, cancer screening, tobacco cessation, conges-
tive heart failure, and chronic kidney disease.
Cullins Named to HIV, AIDS Commission
Dr. Leah Cullins
, with the
Southern University School of
, has been appointed to serve as a nurse represen-
tative from the
Louisiana State Nurses Association
on the
Governor’s HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis C Commission
. The
commission is responsible for coordinating forums on AIDS,
HIV and Hepatitis C related matters among state agencies,
local government, and other nongovernmental groups.
The commission researches and reviews all state regula-
tions, guidelines, policies, and procedures relative to the pre-
vention, treatment and care of HIV infection, AIDS, and
Hepatitis C and, when appropriate, makes recommendations
to the Governor, the secretary of the
Department of Health
and Hospitals
, and the
Cullins, an assistant professor/Family Nurse Practitioner in
the School of Nursing, has studied at the
National Institute
of Health, National Institutes of Research, Summer
Genetics Institute through Georgetown University
training in molecular human genetics. Cullins was chosen to
participate in a minority faculty training program funded by
HRSA. She has published her research on cancer fatalism
and breast-screening in African American women, presented
her findings at symposiums, and is currently building a pro-
gram of research on breast cancer and HIV and AIDS in
African American women.
She received her BS in Nursing in 2001, and her MS in
Nursing in 2005 from
. She also received her
Family Nurse Practitioner Certification in 2006 from Southern
and her doctorate in Nursing from the
University of
Alabama in Birmingham
Amedisys Named Heart Walk Champion
, a Baton Rouge based home health care and hos-
pice company, has been recognized by the
American Heart
as a 2010 Heart Walk Champion. Twenty-five
companies are being recognized as leaders in supporting the
American Heart Association through the Heart Walk, the
association’s largest grassroots fundraiser. Amedisys ranks
second in the nation in fundraising next to only the American
Heart Association itself.
Locally, Amedisys’ involvement includes participation in the
Capital Area Heart Walk and nationally as a top team through
fundraising, volunteerism, the My Life Check assessment,
implementing Start!, and being a platinum level Fit Friendly
Ourso Named CAO
ellie Ourso
has been promoted to Chief Administrative
Officer for
Convenient Care
Ourso is responsible for
general management of administration including accounting
and finance, human resources, business development, and
managed care. She was formerly Director of Finance and
Support Services. Convenient Care is affiliated with
Lady of the Lake
and owns and operates nine
Lake After
urgent care centers,
Lake After Hours Kids
, and
Total Occupational Medicine
Medicare Fraud Strike Force Charges Six in BR
In the largest-ever federal healthcare fraud takedown, the
Medicare Fraud Strike Force
recently charged 111 defen-
dants in nine cities, including doctors, nurses, health care
F. Dean Griffen, MD
Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge
| May / June 2011 Issue