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Louisiana Business: Blue Cross, Marques Colston, Rouses, Lafayette Chamber, New Orleans Bistreaux

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana will hold a summit with leading health care experts to discuss the Patient-Centered Medical Home delivery model.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home is an innovative blueprint of change in the healthcare industry. It provides accountable, coordinated and collaborative care resulting in better health and better care at a better cost.

 The medical home is not a place or building, but a way to better coordinate the current fragmented, uncoordinated healthcare delivery system. It is a model of care that encourages and strengthens the doctor-patient relationship by replacing episodic and reactive diseased-focused care with organized and proactive care, focused on preventing disease and preserving health. 

The healthcare industry is facing unprecedented change. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has answered the call for new and innovative delivery models by embracing the concept of the Patient-Centered Medical Home.

Speakers at the summit include Dr. Paul Grundy, president of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative in Washington, D.C.; Dr. Diane Rittenhouse, associate professor in the Department of Family/Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and a leading health policy researcher; Dr. Bryan Demarie, a physician at the Medical Clinic of North Texas, who has gained national recognition for patient-centered medical home best practices; and Dr. Kenneth Phenow, chief medical officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

To register for the free summit, visit scheduled for December 6 at Pennington Hospital.   A general session and working lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A session for busy healthcare providers will begin with a cocktail hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a session with a working dinner will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Marques Colston

WAT-AAH!, the first line of functional bottled water for kids, and NFL superstar, Marques Colston, recently joined forces to bring awareness to the national epidemic of childhood obesity and to promote healthier lifestyle choices. Colston, wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints, will be greeting fans and signing autographs Tuesday, November 29th at the newest Rouses Market, 701 Baronne Street in downtown New Orleans, just two blocks from the Superdome.

WAT-AAH! will also be honoring the work of AMIkids, a national non-profit dedicated to providing our communities' kids with a promising future, during a special meet and greet with Colston and the kids. To date, AMIkids has helped more than 105,000 troubled youth teens since 1969.

 AMIkids, Inc., is a nationally-recognized not-for-profit that offers a promising future to more than eight thousand kids each year through positive and motivating programs that inspire learning, leadership and personal growth.  AMIkids has 56 programs in nine states across the U.S., including nine programs in Louisiana.  Through education, counseling and behavior modification students are empowered to make positive decisions that will ultimately shape their future and allow them the opportunity to transform their lives.  For more information, log on to

WAT-AAH! is a line of functional water for kids free of sugar or sweeteners of any kind. Since 2008, the brand has been convincing kids to drink water as opposed to sodas or sugary drinks.

Lafayette Chamber--Leadership Lafayette Class XXV Announced

The Leadership Institute of Acadiana and the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce proudly announce the newly-selected Leadership Lafayette class for 2012:

  • Jennifer Adcock, EXCELERANT, LLC
  • Adam Beazley, Architects Beazley Moliere
  • Christa Billeaud, Junior League of Lafayette
  • Tonya Bolden-Ball, CSA of St. Landry, Inc.
  • Nicholas "Nick" Cahanin, The Picard Group
  • David Cheramie, Bayou Vermilion District
  • David Cortez, Evergreen Working Capital
  • Rachel DeCuir, Lafayette Consolidated Government
  • Jared Doise, Legends LLC
  • Cade Evans, Allen & Gooch
  • Andree Gonsoulin, Andree Gonsoulin Public Relations
  • Jeremy Harson, Beau Box Commercial
  • Vanessa Hill, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Kellie Kerstetter, NIC, Inc.
  • Jeanne Lantier, Petroleum Club of Lafayette
  • Allison LeBlanc, Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
  • Gregory Manuel, Manuel Builders, LLC
  • John Marker, Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Quay McKnight, M + M International, LLC
  • Audrey Menard, St. Thomas More Catholic High School
  • Natalie Montgomery, Cancer Center of Acadiana at Lafayette General
  • Mary Morrison, Acadiana Technical College - Lafayette
  • Jeremy Morrow,  Laborde & Neuner
  • G. Matthew Oldenburg III, Zoo of Acadiana
  • Robert Owens Jr., Louisiana LED
  • Stephen Ramos, Onebane Law Firm
  • George "Butch" Roussel, VIVO Research
  • Charles "Buddy" Schilling II, Schilling Distributing Company, Inc.
  • Carley Ste. Marie, Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
  • Amanda Toups, Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital

International School of Louisiana: Gumbo Cookoff

The International School of Louisiana’s will host its annual “Winter Bazaar & Gumbo Cook-off” to raise funds for the school’s programs. The festive event will have a holiday marketplace, gumbo cook-off, and school-wide yard sale.  For the little ones, there will be a Kid’s Zone with the Hornet’s Bookmobile, the Zoomobile, inflatables, face painting, crafts, a kid’s holiday shopping booth and Santa, of course. Check in/out is available for K-4th graders so parents can shop.  The Kids Zone is $15. The Winter Bazaar is free and open to the public.  Date is Saturday, December 3, 2011, 10am-3pm at the International School of Louisiana, 1400 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Homeless

 In June, Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed an executive order establishing the Homeless Services Working Group- an official Mayoral Advisory Committee - tasked with developing a strategic master plan to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness in New Orleans. Today, Mayor Landrieu, along with the Working Group, and officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), unveiled the strategic plan.  Support for the plan was provided by the Obama Administration through the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative, a new federal-local government partnership designed to support local priorities through  customized technical assistance in six pilot cities.


“Unlike any other city in America, residents of New Orleans know what it is like to be without a home,” said Mayor Landrieu.  “After Hurricane Katrina, many who never thought they would ever be homeless were suddenly left with nothing. Unfortunately, on any given night, approximately 6,500 New Orleans residents are without a home including unsheltered individuals, youth and families. This is an urgent issue that demands immediate attention. I’d like to thank our federal partners and our local working group members for coming together to create a workable plan to address this challenge.  This Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in the City of New Orleans will lead to an increase in available resources, and will improve coordination and collaboration.”

November 28, 2011) Conservation groups today launched a new website,, focused on restoring one of America’s greatest natural resources, the Mississippi River Delta. The site houses scientific information, public policy analysis, cultural and historical summaries, and Delta Dispatches, a news blog about restoration efforts in the delta.

“ is a one-stop shop for news, analysis, and solutions for delta restoration,” said Kevin Chandler, Mississippi River Delta restoration campaign communications coordinator. “You’ll want to subscribe to our feed and come back often.”

The campaign and the site area a collaborative effort by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Environmental Defense Fund, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, National Audubon Society, and National Wildlife Federation.

Bistreaux Metairie

BISTREAUX Metairie, led by Executive Chef Jason Schwartz located in the New Orleans Marriott Metairie at Lakeway will will officially open to the public on Wednesday, December 7, 2011.

 BISTREAUX, which has a sister property in the French Quarter, features a menu of inspired comfort foods with unexpected gourmet twists and fresh local ingredients. In addition to the delectable dishes, the restaurant will havewide screen televisions, a community wine table and a club service bar. Therestaurant features contemporary design and whimsical New Orleans-style murals on the walls. BISTREAUX offers guests an experience, rather than just a meal.

 Executive Chef Jason Schwartz, a veteran of Marriott restaurants throughout the country, will be joining his signature style of Florida cuisine with New Orleans’ flavors. Born and bred in New York, Chef Schwartz moved to sunny South Florida with his parents, from NYC and France.

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