“Health Notes” column for May 14, 2013

Burn Center project moves forward

With the second phase of renovations completed, the Burn Center of the Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s Mid City campus now has enhanced outpatient treatment rooms and services for patients’ families.

Treatment rooms feature new, enhanced lighting and specialized equipment for wound care.

The renovation also provided a rehabilitation gym, an overnight room for families and a family consultation room, according to a news release from the Burn Center.

The $500,000 project that was completed in April was funded by a number of charitable and business donors, as well as through the Baton Rouge General Foundation’s Excellence in General galas.

Phase 3 renovations in the future will focus on the inpatient treatment facility. Phase 1 provided for a special waiting area for families.

The Burn Center is the only comprehensive adult and pediatric burn center in a 300-mile radius.

Baton Rouge General also treats pediatric burn patients in the pediatric intensive care unit at its location off Bluebonnet.

Physicians adopt new inductions policy

A physicians’ group of obstetricians-gynocologists, Associates in Women’s Health, at Woman’s Hospital has pledged to not perform scheduled elective inductions of labor in pregnancy.

“Our decision to restrict inductions and encourage spontaneous labor is supported by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists,” said one of the physicians, Dr. Terrie Thomas, in a news release from Woman’s Hospital.

The physicians state medical research that non-medically indicated inductions can lead to more complications for both mother and baby.

In addition to Thomas, physicians in Associates in Women’s Health include Britani Bonadona, Jolie Bourgeois, Elizabeth Buchert, Renee Harris, Pam Lewis, Susan Puyau and Yolanda Taylor.

Lakeview adds tool for stroke awareness

Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington this month launched a “Stroke Risk Profiler,” an online assessment tool on its website, http://www.lakeviewregional.com.

The tool helps people learn about stroke, assess personal risk factors and work toward improving them.

The online tool can be accessed by typing Stroke Risk Profiler in the “search” window.

Area resident works for ALS research

Mark Manchester, of Prairieville, who has amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, joined nearly 1,000 other patients, their families and other volunteer advocates this month for national ALS awareness events in Washington, D.C.

The ALS Association’s National Advocacy Day and Public Policy Conference advocates for continued federal funding of ALS research.

“I am honored to take such an active role in the political process. My hope for a cure for ALS is what motivates me every day,” Manchester said in a news release from the ALS Association.

Manchester, 51, was diagnosed with ALS in July 2011, according to the association. An LSU alumnus, he recently retired from his career as an engineering consultant.

He serves on the board of directors for the Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter of the ALS Association.

Compiled by Ellyn Couvillion

Advocate staff writer