New Orleans area health briefs for April 25-May 1, 2013

Free immunizations in Marrero, Metairie

The Greater New Orleans Immunization Network bus is offering 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:

Ochsner moves women’s services

Ochsner Health System has announced it will move its women’s services departments from Jefferson Highway to a Women’s Pavilion at Ochsner Baptist hospital. The $40 million Women’s Pavilion is under construction and will open in the winter on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors of Ochsner Baptist on Napoleon Avenue, Ochsner officials said.

All women’s services departments at Ochsner Medical Center on Jefferson Highway, including OB/GYN clinics, labor and delivery, maternal fetal medicine and gynecologic robotic surgery, will move to the Women’s Pavilion at Ochsner Baptist.

New moms also will enjoy larger rooms and such amenities as massages, manicures and pedicures and 24-hour room service.

Ochsner’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit also will move to Ochsner Baptist. The 54-bed Level III Regional NICU that cares for infants across the Gulf South is run by an experienced team of board certified neonatologists. The new NICU will accommodate one-third more infants through its mixed-model design which includes private rooms, open bays and larger rooms for multiples.

In addition, a staff of certified nurse midwives will offer mothers the option of a natural, holistic birth in a homelike environment with comfortable beds and birthing tubs. The Perkin Alternative Birthing Center is made possible in part by a gift from The Perkin Fund.

Diabetes support group meets monthly

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

The Greater New Orleans Ostomy Support Group holds meetings on the second Tuesday of June, August, October and December at 7 p.m. 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 E. Jefferson

Stroke support group meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the 8th floor gym at East Jefferson General Hospital. Call (504) 456-5000 for information.