January 13, 2022

Paulette L. Grey Riveria, MD, has joined the Louisiana Department of Health as the regional medical director/administrator for the seven parishes of the Capital Region. Riveria is a board-certified family medicine physician who most recently served as a consultant to the Office of Public Health, conducting a novel statewide assessment of healthcare worker attitudes and experiences related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 6, 2022

Ochsner Baton Rouge has opened Ochsner Health Center – Livingston, located just off Interstate-12 in Frost.

This site, at 29437 S. Frost Road, was previously occupied by RKM Primary Care. Ochsner invested $475,000 on renovating and upgrading the facility. It features eight exam rooms and approximately 4,000 square feet of space.

January 6, 2022

Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center (BRG) and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center announced the completion of an agreement to expand and enhance cancer care resources in the Greater Baton Rouge area, effective immediately.

January 6, 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued an emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir tablets and ritonavir tablets), the first oral treatment for COVID-19.

The pill can be used to treat mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease in adults and pediatric patients who are 12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kilograms (about 88 pounds) who test positive for COVID and are at high risk of hospitalization or death.

January 6, 2022

Not only was Elliette Noojin the first baby born to her parents, she was also the first baby born at Woman's Hospital in 2022. Kenneth Noojin and Stephanie Rhodes welcomed their baby girl into the world at 3:40 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2022.

Elliette was born at 3:40 a.m., weighing in at 7 lbs. 2 ozs. and measuring 20 inches long. Mom and baby are both doing well.