Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he accepted the resignation of Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee effective Jan. 31. Gee has taken a new job, which will be announced by her employer at a later date.
Scott Barrilleaux, MD, an obstetrician in Lafayette, La., was awarded the 2019 OB Physician Summit Award from Louisiana Healthcare Connections for demonstrating a commitment to high quality, accessible care. The award is given annually to the in-network obstetrician who meets key targets in quality measures for women’s health.
Jill Bader, MD, FACOG, has been elected to a one-year term as the chief of the medical staff of Woman’s Hospital, the highest elected leadership position among the medical staff.
Bader’s duties include the coordination of clinical improvement activities as well as chairing the Medical Executive Committee. As chief of staff, she will also serve on the Woman’s Hospital Board of Directors.
Between 2012 and 2016, opioid-related overdose deaths in Louisiana more than doubled, and 2017, there were 89.5 opioid prescriptions for every 100 Louisiana residents, according to data in The Louisiana Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Action Plan, released in October of 2019 by the Office of Behavioral Health.
Opioid use disorder is a chronic relapsing condition, but one that can be effectively addressed by family physicians with medications such as buprenorphine.
Lowell Stanton has joined Our Lady of the Lake as chief financial officer where he is responsible for ensuring a sustainable, healthy financial foundation for Our Lady of the Lake and its affiliate organizations.