The American Hospital Association (AHA) has selected Cheri Johnson, senior vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer of Woman's Hospital, to serve on its 2021 Maternal and Child Health Council. This council represents AHA-member women's and children's health provider organizations and participates in the AHA's advocacy, policy, and resource development.
Baton Rouge General Physicians (BRGP) is expanding its family medicine services with the addition of a new clinic in Central. The clinic, which will open this summer, will be led by Shaun Spinks, MD, a board-certified family medicine physician. Until then, Spinks will see patients at the BRGP clinic in Zachary’s Americana development.
To boost the speed of administering COVID-19 vaccines to the community, the Louisiana Department of Health is encouraging retired medical providers to help put shots in arms.
"We do not expect the vaccine to become widely available for the general public until spring or summer, but we are doing all we can now to make sure we are ready when that time comes," said Sundée Winder, PhD, interim executive director of the Bureau of Community Preparedness. "We appreciate qualified retired medical providers who are willing to join the effort to begin putting this pandemic behind us."
The Louisiana Department of Health confirmed the state’s first identified case of the COVID-19 variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7., frequently referred to as the U.K. variant because it is prevalent in the United Kingdom, in an individual in the Greater New Orleans area.
This variant spreads more easily from one person to another than other viral strains currently circulating in the United States, though It has not been shown to cause more severe disease. Health experts believe current COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the variant strain.
Woman’s Hospital has hired Katrice A. Albert, PhD, a national expert in helping organizations overcome barriers in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). She is tasked with providing guidance as Woman’s updates organizational policies and develops programs that foster a greater culture of inclusion.
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