'Health Briefs' for Feb. 17, 2013

Woman’s Hospital

Woman’s Hospital, 100 Woman’s Way (Airline Highway and Pecue), will hold the following events:

Call (225) 231-5475 or visit http://www.womans.org.

Cancer Services

Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., will hold the following free events:

Call (225) 927-2273.

BR General

Baton Rouge General Hospital will hold the following events:

HIV services

Metro Health will offer free, confidential HIV testing from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 E. Washington St. Syphilis testing will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Metro Health will also offer HIV testing from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 4000 Gus Young Ave.; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Earl K. Long Mid-City, North Foster at Gus Young Avenue; and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Delmont Service Center, 3535 Riley St. Call (225) 338-9333.

Red Cross

The Southeast Louisiana Chapter American Red Cross, 2640 Canal St., New Orleans, will hold the following classes:

The Louisiana Capital Area Chapter American Red Cross, 4655 Sherwood Common Blvd., Baton Rouge, will hold the following classes:

The Acadiana Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, 101 N. Pat St., Scott, will hold “Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $90.

The Southeast Louisiana Chapter Northshore Office, 300 Ashland Way, Madisonville, will hold the following classes:

For more information, call (800) 733-2767 or visit http://www.redcross.org/classes.

Mary Bird Perkins

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will offer the following free breast cancer screenings:

Call (225) 215-1234 or visit http://www.marybird.org.


Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response Center is seeking volunteers for its 24-hour hotline and to assist survivors at the hospital. It will hold volunteer training classes beginning Tuesday.

To volunteer or for more information, call (225) 615-7093 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit http://www.brstar.org.

Grief support

The Community Grief Support Group, in partnership with several other local agencies, will meet at noon Tuesday at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave.

The group is open to anyone coping with the loss of a loved one. Call (225) 927-2273.

The Hospice of BR

The Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, will offer the following event and opportunity:


Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive, will hold the following Golden Opportunity program events for adults, ages 50 and older, who want an active, healthy and independent lifestyle:

Cost is $6.50 per person, which includes admission, small drink and small popcorn. Call (225) 755-4984 to RSVP.

EBR Library

“You and Your Health — The Prevention and Immediate Treatment of Stroke,” the first in a series of programs by representatives of Baton Rouge General, will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Registration is required. Call (225) 756-1180.

Life Source Services

Life Source Services Hospice, 3049 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., will offer the following events and opportunity:

ABC Adoption

ABC Adoption Search and Reunion Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3552 Morning Glory Ave.

For more information, call (225) 752-3162.

Sarcoidosis Support

Sarcoidosis Awareness Support Group of Greater Baton Rouge will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ochsner Health Center, 9001 Summa Ave, fourth-floor conference room.

Guest speakers will be Dr. Claude Tellis, pulmonologist at Ochsner Health Center, and Deborah W. Jones, community outreach specialist for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan-Louisiana.

Tellis will speak on “What’s New in the Treatment of Sarcoidosis.”

Call (225) 773-0985 for more information or to RSVP by Monday.

Dutch PT

Dutch Physical Therapy and the Livingston Parish Library will host the 51st “Helping You Help Yourself” seminar at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch Livingston Parish Library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs.

The free event will feature Dr. Adam Whatley, of the Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic, discussing the causes of and how to treat hip pain.

Chris Fussell, physical therapist with Dutch Physical Therapy, will explain how physical therapy can help with hip pain and surgery recovery.

Call (225) 588-2068 or email amys@dutchpt.com to make a reservation. For more information, visit http://www.DutchPT.com.

Alzheimer’s Services

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., will hold a “Lunch-N-Learn in East Feliciana” session on “Alzheimer’s Overview” presented by Katherine Schillings, LMSW, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at East Feliciana Council on Aging Inc., 11102 Bank St., Clinton. For more information, call (225) 334-7494.

Parkinson’s group

The Baton Rouge Area Parkinson’s Disease Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

Gretchen Duplantis, a physical therapist, will speak on “Parkinson’s Disease and Physical Therapy — Improving the Quality of Life.”

For more information, call (225) 933-0542 or (225) 756-2645.

Cardinal Hospice

Cardinal Hospice, 8280 YMCA Plaza Drive, No. 3-A, will offer the following event and opportunity this week:

C.G. Jung Society

C.G. Jung Society of Baton Rouge will hold a film presentation on “Peter Birkhauser: A Modern Artist Who Breaks the Mold” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive.

Dean Frantz, a Jungian analyst, will present and Deldon Anne McNeely, also a Jungian analyst, will lead the discussion.

Heart Association

American Heart Association will hold a Go Red For Women Luncheon from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Baton Rouge River Center, Grand Ballroom, 275 S. River Road.

The luncheon will start at 11:30 a.m. after free health screenings, educational activities and a silent auction, which will all start at 9:30 a.m.

A fashion show will take place during the luncheon. The event is part of the Go Red For Women Movement, which focuses on how more women die from heart disease than all forms of cancer combined.

The movement encourages women to take charge of their heart health. Tickets are $100. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-257-6941, ext. 6180, or visit http://www.heart.org/batonrougegored and click “Your Event.”


The Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will offer “CancerFit,” a comprehensive wellness program designed to help keep cancer patients active and mentally fit, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, 4950 Essen Lane.

Each session is free and includes an hour of individualized yoga and guided meditation. Call (225) 938-9629.

Diabetic Foot

The Diabetic Foot Institute, 5428 O’Donovan Drive, Suite D, will offer complimentary diabetic foot screenings on Friday.

Screening will include thermal imaging, blood flow study, gait analysis and neuropathy screening. Call (225) 761-0025 to schedule.

Kidney screening

A free kidney health screening will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Highway.

The screening will come with blood pressure checks, glucose and cholesterol measurements, urine testing and educational information.

The screening is open to people who are 18 or older and have one or more of the following: diabetes, high blood pressure or a relative with these conditions or kidney disease. Preregistration is required. Call (504) 861-4500.


Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association, 848 Louisiana Ave., is looking for caring adults, especially more men, to help abused and neglected children in foster care find safe and permanent homes. An informational session on becoming a CASA volunteer will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the office.

For more information, call (225) 379-8598 or visit http://www.casabr.org.

Oscar Experience

Oscar Experience New Orleans will hold the “New Orleans’ Oscar Night” celebration to benefit the American Red Cross at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at The Theatres at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., New Orleans.

The celebration will start with a Patron Party at 5 p.m. followed by the live broadcast of the 85th Academy Awards ceremony, which participants will watch on large screens from ABC26 WGNO New Orleans.

To purchase tickets, visit http://www.redcross.org/neworleans or call (504) 620-3162.

BR Eye Bank

Baton Rouge Eye Bank Auxiliary will raise funds for the Baton Rouge Eye Bank with the “Day at the Races,” a trip to the New Orleans Fairground Clubhouse where participants will get to see a race and eat a buffet lunch.

Participants will depart at 9:30 a.m. from the Mall of Louisiana and return to the mall at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14.

Tickets are $75, which includes bus fare, admission to the clubhouse, racing form, lunch and snacks. Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, March 1.

For information, call (225) 761-8382 or (225) 766-8996.


Al-Anon Family Groups, a 12-step program to help those affected by someone’s problem drinking, holds meetings daily in the Baton Rouge area. There are no fees. Meetings are confidential.

Call (225) 924-0029 or visit http://www.batonrougealanon.org.

Narcotics Anon.

Need help with a drug problem? Narcotics Anonymous holds daily meetings.

Call the helpline at (225) 381-9609.