New Orleans Health Briefs for Dec. 20, 2012

Nurse-run clinic opens at Terraces

The LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Nursing, in partnership with the LSU Healthcare Network and Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans, celebrated the grand opening of the LSU Health School of Nursing-Healthcare Network Clinic at The Terraces on Tulane, 3615 Tulane Ave., on Monday.

The nurse-managed clinic is staffed by LSU Health Sciences Center nurse practitioners.

At the grand opening, residents were offered a mini health fair, flu shots, tours of the clinic and a breakfast hosted by Volunteers of America.

The Terraces on Tulane is a Volunteers of America affordable apartment community with 200 one-bedroom apartments for fixed-income seniors 62 and older. It’s the only Volunteers of America facility in the country with an on-site clinic for its residents through this unique partnership.

The clinic, which is open to residents of The Terraces only, will offer chronic illness management, blood pressure monitoring, blood glucose testing, health screenings and monthly health talks.

Scharalda “Shelley” Jeanfreau, DNS, FNP-BC is the director of the clinic.

Vaccination bus
covers N.O. children

The Greater New Orleans Immunization Network bus offers free shots to children who lack insurance coverage for vaccinations.

The network also maintains a computerized registry for easy record-keeping.

The bus will be parked:

Thursday: Walmart, 4810 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Clearview Mall, Metairie, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Hospital center
offers Pilates classes

East Jefferson General Hospital Wellness center instructors lead a class in Pilates, focusing on exercise for core muscles and deep breathing, at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Sculpture Garden in City Park.

The fee is $5; free to Wellness Center and NOMA members.

Tulane seeking expectant moms

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is conducting a study to help pregnant and postpartum women achieve healthier birth outcomes.

The university is recruiting women for a program to understand reproductive health care needs post-disaster to effectively plan for disasters and to improve long-term recovery.

Women are eligible to participate if they are: 18 to 45 years old, pregnant or have given birth on or after March 15.

The study will focus on residents of St. Bernard, St. John, St. Tammany, Plaquemines and lower Jefferson.

Visit http://www.growhgulf
south.com for more information about Tulane’s work on women’s reproductive health in the Gulf Coast.

Email lbondima@tulane.edu or call (504) 988-1174 for more information.

Gentle yoga classes
held on Saturdays

Seniors meet for stretching and gentle yoga Saturdays at 11 a.m. in the meeting room at the Rosa Keller Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St.

The class is free.

Blood center needs donations in Metairie

The Blood Center of Southeast Louisiana is seeking donations of whole blood and platelets.

Visit the center at 3400 16th St., Metairie, from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday or Thursday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday; or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call (504) 887-2833.

Diabetes support group meets monthly

Diabetes Support Group meets at East Jefferson General Hospital from noon to 1 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

Members share information and support each other to promote successful diabetes management. New members are welcome. Call (504) 454-5609 for more information or email cfreudenthal@ejgh.org.

Ostomy Support
Group sets meetings

The Greater New Orleans Ostomy Support Group holds meetings at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of February, April, June. August, October and December at East Jefferson General Hospital,4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. For more information, call (504) 454-4941.

Epilepsy group offers counseling services

Short-term counseling provides assistance in coping with the initial diagnosis of a seizure disorder, temporary and chronic difficulties and stress management. Efforts are directed toward promoting the healthy functioning of people with epilepsy.

For more information, contact Kelly Aprill at (800) 960-0587 or check online at http://www.epilepsylouisiana.org.

Parkinson’s support group meets

Parkinson’s support group offers opportunities to share information on new treatments and medications; discuss tips and tricks for living well with Parkinson’s; and offer each other positive reinforcement. Meetings are the last Monday of the month at East Jefferson General Hospital, 1:30 p.m., with a guest speaker. Call (504) 456-5000 for more information.

Stroke support group
meets at hospital

Stroke support group meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month in the eighth-floor gym at East Jefferson General Hospital. Call (504) 456-5000 for information.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau