New Orleans Health Briefs for Jan. 10, 2013

Ochsner chief officer named to board

Dr. Joseph E. Bisordi, FACP, executive vice president and chief medical officer of Ochsner Health System, was named to the American Medical Group Association’s board of directors.

The American Medical Group Association, headquartered in Alexandria, Va., represents medical practices, independent practice associations and integrated health care delivery systems.

More than 130,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing health care services for 120 million patients.

As Ochsner’s chief medical officer, Bisordi is responsible for overseeing physician performance and clinical operations within Ochsner’s eight hospitals, 38 health centers and 860-physician multispecialty group practice.

Healthy eating topic of Touro seminar

Touro Infirmary dietitians will lead a free seminar on healthy eating strategies to kick off the New Year at noon Wednesday. The seminar will be held in the Foucher Room on the second floor of the hospital, 1401 Foucher St.

Learn strategies for weight management and eating habits you can stick with, such as how to monitor serving size and portions and how to track what you eat. The dietitians will also talk about the pros and cons of trendy diets. Light refreshments will be provided.

The seminar is free, but registration is required. Call (504) 897-8500.

Health series focuses on good night’s sleep

Dr. Earl Bowie, an ear, nose and throat specialist, speaks on “Looking for a Good Night’s Sleep” on Thursday at Dakota Restaurant, 629 U.S. 190 N., Covington.

Tickets are $15, which includes lunch. It’s part of Ochsner Medical Center’s “Hello Health” series. Call (866) 624-7637 to register.

Doctor to speak on melanoma at lunch

Dr. Bharat Jenigiri will speak on melanoma at noon Jan. 17 at the Royal Palm Restaurant, 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

Tickets are $15, including lunch. It’s part of Ochsner Medical Center’s “Hello Health” series. Call (866) 624-7637 to register.

Bus offers children free immunizations

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: Rouses, 4001 Gen. de Gaulle, Algiers, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday: Walgreens, Chateau and West Esplanade boulevards in Kenner, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday: Rouses, 1644 Gause Blvd., Slidell, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday: , Walgreens, Lake Forest and Bullard drives, eastern New Orleans, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call (504) 733-3268.

West Jefferson offers
breast cancer group

Bosom Buddies, a support group for breast cancer survivors, their family members and caregivers, meets the first Tuesday of the month at West Jefferson Medical Center’s Hall of History in the Gretna Classroom at the hospital in Marrero.

To register or for more information, call (504) 349-1640.

Grief groups meet
at Touro, West Jeff

Free grief support groups are sponsored by the Akula Foundation at Touro Infirmary on the first and third Thursday of the month and at West Jefferson General Hospital on the first and third Wednesday.

For times and more information, call (504) 723-3628.

Ostomy Support Group meetings set

The Greater New Orleans Ostomy Support Group holds meetings on the second Tuesday of February, April, 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.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau