Keeping Kids Safe in the Water: It’s About Prevention


Swim safety is about prevention. Prevention, Prevention, Prevention! How big is the issue of water safety? Every single day in the U.S., 10 people die from drowning. Louisiana has the third highest drowning rate in the U.S., with more than 12 deaths per year among children. We see drowning victims often in our emergency room, […]

4 Things Baseball and Medicine Have in Common


During the last academic year, I had the pleasure of serving as chief resident for the LSU Internal Medicine Residency Program. I’m preparing to begin my fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Virginia. Once my training is complete, I plan to return back to Baton Rouge. I was born and […]

When Red Meets Blue: What Red Nose Day Means to Me


Each morning during the school year, two mobile buses decked out in bright blue make their final checks before opening mobile clinics to schools across East Baton Rouge parish. The Mobile Medical Clinic is making sure all medications and medical supplies are accounted for, while the Behavioral Health Clinic is checking in with teachers and […]

16 Years Later: My Advice to Other Nurses


(From L to R: Nicole Telhiard, Vice President, Patient Care Services; John Deshotel, Nurse Excellence Award Recipient; Christina Culotta, Interim UM Manager, Medical Management) It may seem crazy, but my first job out of nursing school was at Our Lady of the Lake. Sixteen years later, I’m still here. Being a part of this hospital […]

Remember Your ABCDEs of Melanoma


Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with an estimated 3 million Americans diagnosed with the disease each year. May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and with summertime quickly approaching and more outdoor activities underway, it is important to take precautionary steps to ensure you’re protecting your skin […]