July 21, 2017

Eight new physicians are beginning their careers at health systems and physician practices across the country after graduating from Baton Rouge General’s internal medicine residency program on June 23 at the Country Club of Louisiana. Five of the graduates will begin their clinical practices, or additional specialty training, in Louisiana, with three staying at BRG.

July 21, 2017

The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Gold-level Commendation to Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.

July 21, 2017

Scientists at Pennington Biomedical are working to better understand the potential links between high blood pressure and the risk for developing dementia.

The risk reduction for Alzheimer’s Disease (rrAD) research study is seeking individuals who take medication for high blood pressure. The study will assess whether controlling blood pressure levels, through exercise and/or standard blood pressure medications, could help reduce the risk of developing dementia.

July 21, 2017

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, a Healthy Louisiana Medicaid managed care health plan and part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, announced that it has earned the Multicultural Health Care Distinction from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana is one of seven AmeriHealth Caritas Medicaid managed care health plans to hold the Multicultural Health Care Distinction.

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana offers the following services, among others, to serve the diverse needs of its membership:

July 21, 2017

Baton Rouge General (BRG) announced that Dr. Pavani Ellipeddi has joined the Hematology Oncology Clinic at Baton Rouge General – Bluebonnet.

“Dr. Ellipeddi is a great addition to our team,” said Dr. Gerald Miletello. “We’ve seen tremendous growth over the last year, and her enthusiasm for treating cancer and blood disease will help us continue to provide patients with innovative, high-quality care.”