Business Briefs for June 15, 2014

Spiritas Senior Services moves to Corporate

Spiritas Senior Services, a senior living management and consulting organization, has relocated to new corporate offices at 5757 Corporate Blvd., Baton Rouge.

Offices were at the St. James Place retirement community campus on Lee Drive. The new location brings together the five divisions of Spiritas: facility management, training and consulting, Caring Companions, Senior Care Solutions and Active Lifestyles. The location includes a training facility.

Spiritas Senior Services is sponsored by the Episcopal Church and open to all.

Lafayette hospital opens infusion center

Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Lafayette has opened The Cancer & Infusion Center on the third floor of Building E on the hospital campus.

The outpatient cancer and infusion center is under the medical direction of Dr. Ammar Morad, pediatric hematologist/oncologist with the Kids Specialty Center at Women’s & Children’s Hospital, and doctors with Louisiana Oncology Associates.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It has three adult and five pediatric infusion bays, with two more private infusion bays. Each bay has a television and other amenities.

Cox Solutions Store opens on Millerville

A Cox Solutions Store has opened at 1927 Millerville Road in the Super Target shopping center.

The store helps Cox customers learn how to integrate their Cox services with new technologies, such as iPads, HD digital video recorders and Cox’s Contour personalized video service. Customers can also exchange equipment, purchase accessories or pay their bill.

Store hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Law school program set for college students

A free preparatory program designed to help minority college students with a decision to attend law school will be held July 15-16 in the Kean Miller Conference Center, 909 Poydras St., 36th Floor, New Orleans.

The program is for college juniors and seniors from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in area law schools. It provides students with information to help them decide whether to attend law school and become a lawyer. Topics include law school admission standards and opportunities in the legal field.

Applications are due no later than June 30 at www.keanmiller.com/kmconnection. Applicants must be members of a group traditionally underrepresented in law school and the law practice, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, have completed at least 45 college credits and be a Louisiana resident.

Export seminar targets food, ag businesses

A free export seminar, customized for small food and agriculture businesses, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 18 at the Double Tree Hotel, 4964 Constitution St., Baton Rouge.

Topics include reasons for exporting; assistance available to offset the costs of entering foreign markets; what products countries are buying; who to call for help; getting paid and avoiding non-payment; and access to capital to grow an export business.

Sponsors are the Southern United States Trade Association, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Louisiana Small Business Development Center. Register at www.susta.org/services/outreach_events.html. Walk-ins are welcome.

Pennington plans Parkinson’s Conference

Pennington Biomedical will host its third annual Parkinson’s Conference from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 19 at 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, in the C.B. Pennington Jr. Building.

In Louisiana, Parkinson’s affects more than 65,000 individuals, one of the higher incidence rates in the nation.

Topics for the conference range from the basic mechanisms of the disease and treatment strategies to family and societal impacts.

The conference will also feature several exhibitors offering information pertinent to patients with Parkinson’s disease and their families.

The conference can accommodate 400 attendees. Online registration is available until capacity is reached or until a July 14 deadline.

More information is available at www.pbrc.edu/parkinsons.

LABI schedules 2015 keynote speaker

Dr. Ben Carson, a noted conservative, will deliver the keynote address at Louisiana Association of Business and Industry’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Jan. 27 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Baton Rouge.

Carson gained national attention for a keynote speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, where he discussed his political views on several social and fiscal issues, including public education, health care and taxation.

Carson directed pediatric neurosurgery at the John Hopkins Children’s Center for nearly a quarter of a century. He is known for his innovative neurosurgeries, which include the first successful separation of conjoined twins at the back of the head.

UL-Lafayette starting masters in accounting

The B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration at UL-Lafayette will launch a master’s program in accounting in the fall.

“The curriculum will provide graduates with in-depth knowledge of auditing, ethics, income tax and financial accounting,” said Harlan Etheridge, associate professor of accounting. “The program will offer advanced preparation for careers in public accounting, industry, government and consulting.”

It will provide the additional hours required to sit for the CPA exam in Louisiana.

LAMMICO financial ratings upgraded

Ratings firm A.M. Best has upgraded the financial strength rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) of LAMMICO, a medical malpractice insurance firm with headquarters in Metairie, and its sponsored risk-retention group LAMMICO Risk Retention Group Inc.

A.M. Best also upgraded the companies’ issuer credit ratings to A from A-.

The outlook for all ratings has been lowered from positive to stable.

The ratings reflect the group’s strong capitalization, consistently favorable operating performance and high policyholder retention. The ratings also recognize LAMMICO’s leadership position in the medical malpractice market.