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Louisiana Business: Landrieu, Idea Village, Always Care, LSU Health, UnitedHealth Group

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Landrieu, Idea Village

Plans for the 3rd annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) to be unveiled at The Idea Village. Honorary Chair Mayor Landrieu will make a special proclamation, and the line-up of events for the week long celebration of entrepreneurism will be announced. In the spirit of President Obama’s Startup America initiative, NOEW 2011: Start it Up will showcase New Orleans as a hub of innovation and provide a national model for fostering entrepreneurship around the country.

Always Care


Almost $100 million in revenue now under management


Baton Rouge-based AlwaysCare Benefits, Inc. has surpassed more than half a million Members and dependents covered by group benefits, marking a major milestone for the national group dental, vision, life, disability, critical illness and accident benefit plan provider.


Some highlights of AlwaysCare’s growth over the last five years:


•             Opening of new 24,500-square-foot headquarters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana;

•             Expansion into regional sales offices in Wisconsin and South Carolina;

•             Launch of new group products: life, disability, critical illness and accident;

•             Launch of new individual products: fully insured dental and vision plan with hearing savings plan


LSU Health

Suzanne Farrar, RDH, MSHCM, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Staff and Patient Services at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Dentistry, is the only dental hygienist among the 24 dental educators in the nation named to the 2012 Class of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute.

              The ADEA Leadership Institute is a year-long program designed to develop the nation's most promising individuals at academic dental institutions to become future leaders in dental and higher education.

               Farrar was also awarded the ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Company Allied Dental Educators Fellowship for her strong leadership qualities in dental hygiene and higher education administration. She will apply the $4,000 stipend that comes with the fellowship to the ADEA Leadership Institute tuition and fees.

Healthcare IT

PHNS, an independent provider of comprehensive healthcare information technology (“IT”) services and business process solutions for hospitals and other healthcare providers, today announced that it is changing its name to Anthelio, effective immediately.

“Anthelio is focused on bringing to market a truly innovative set of ideas to address the many challenges that hospitals and other healthcare providers face.”

As an important part of Anthelio’s goal to create a higher standard in healthcare, the Company has established an independent group of outstanding healthcare experts who have become members of its Healthcare Innovation Council, which will generate innovative ideas about how U.S. hospitals can meet their escalating quality and financial pressures.

One of the members of the council is from Louisiana, Jim Brexler.

Healthcare Innovation Council Members:

Jack Bailey, FACHE, Former COO, California Pacific Medical Center; former SVP, The Hunter Group; former CEO, Memorial Health System of East Texas; former Commander, 11th Contingency Hospital, USAF; former CEO, Lutheran Medical System of North Texas

Jim Brexler, FACHE, MPA, CEO, Erlanger Health System; Vice Chancellor, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Services Division and CEO of its Health Care Services Division

Robert Burns, PhD, MBA, Chair of the Health Care Management Department at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Director of the Wharton Center for Health Management & Economics

Hud Connery, MHA, CEO of Performance Management Institute (strategic planning services and performance management tools for hospitals); former founder and CEO of Essent Healthcare; former COO of HealthTrust (now part of HCA)

Jack Lord, MD, Chairman, Dexcom, Inc.; former CEO, Navigenics; former SVP and Chief Innovation Officer, Humana Inc.; former COO, American Hospital Association; Director, Stericycle; Member, Advisory Committee to the Director of the CDC

Julie Klapstein, CEO, Availity (health information exchange network between payers and providers) owned by BlueCross BlueShield of Florida, Humana, HCSC, WellPoint, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota; former CEO of Phycom, a vendor of medical management solutions

MaryAnn Stump, RN, President, Innovation International, Generate; former SVP, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota; External Advisory Board, Yale College of Nursing; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow National Advisory Board


Healthcare Grant

UnitedHealth Group has awarded $4,500 in grants to 7 Louisiana-based youth-led organizations that have developed programs to fight childhood obesity in their communities.


The grants are part of the UnitedHealth HEROES program, a service-learning, health literacy initiative designed to encourage young people, working through educators and youth leaders, to create and implement local hands-on programs addressing childhood obesity.  Grants were awarded to schools and youth-focused, community-based programs that have demonstrated a clear understanding of the health risks associated with pediatric obesity; proposed creative solutions to fighting obesity in their neighborhoods and communities; and can be easily implemented, scaled and measured.


Grant recipients include:


Youth Raising Their Community’s Health-O-Meter – Bastrop, LA -  $1,000 Grant

Since the problems of childhood obesity and health issues seemed to increase following the closing of several industrial plants in their home town, Youth Raising Their Community’s Health-O-Meter, a Bastrop, Louisiana-based program, will use its grant to study childhood obesity and its possible link to the economy. 


RPCC (River Parishes Community College) Health Initiative and Community Health Fair for Childhood Obesity – Sorrento, LA - $1,000 Grant

RPCC is using its grant to expand its existing service-learning project into a semester-long Childhood Obesity for Community Health Initiative, which will provide students with a deeper understanding of their classroom lessons and engage them directly as members of the community. Throughout the semester, students will design and distribute brochures about healthy living and childhood obesity, as well as host workshops at childcare facilities in underserved neighborhoods.


Dubach Childhood Obesity Prevention Program – Dubach, LA - $500 Grant

Students of the Dubach Childhood Obesity Prevention Program will be taught by a licensed nutritionist and physical education instructor about the importance of nutrition and physical activity. They will in turn teach what they’ve learned to other students and parents, afterschool, at such events as PTA meetings, pep rallies and other school functions.


Advance Baton Rouge Civic Responsibility Project – Baton Rouge, LA - $500 Grant

This Baton Rouge-based program plans to create an informational campaign to promote healthy lifestyle choices as a positive step towards reducing obesity. Students will research healthy food choices and create presentations to share with community members.


Fitness Challenge – New Orleans, LA -  $500 Grant

Middle school students at the Batiste Cultural Arts Academy will design a whole-school/community fitness challenge in order to educate teachers, peers, family and community about the importance of fitness as one step in fighting obesity.          


SAVY (Strong and Virtuous Youth) Health & Wellness Tour – Metairie, LA - $500 Grant

The goal of SAVY is to promote responsibility for health by equipping people, particularly young females, with skills for understanding health & wellness and the importance of maintaining both through health literacy. Youth will receive training on how to disseminate health and fitness information to their peers, culminating in a Health and Wellness Tour at community churches and schools.


The Green Miles – Luling, LA - $500 Grant

The Green Miles is an initiative by the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration course at the St. Charles Parish Satellite Center to replant native trees along nature trails and scenic walks throughout the parish. The goal is to improve residents’ quality of life issues such as health, fitness and beautification, while replanting trees lost during the recent hurricanes.

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