New Orleans health briefs for March 14-20, 2013

Ochsner opens cardiology clinic

Ochsner Health System has reopened cardiology clinic services in New Orleans East. The new clinic, called the Ochsner Heart & Vascular Health Center — New Orleans East, offers consultative cardiology services by Dr. Patrick Breaux, Section Head, Consultative Cardiology, and Dr. Gary Rich, FACC. Breaux and Rich are available for appointments on Wednesday afternoons from 1 p.m.-5 pm. New patients are welcome. The new clinic is at old Methodist Hospital Corridor, 5640 Read Blvd., suite 230. Call (504) 842-4100.

W. Jeff talk focuses on cancer, nutrition

Nutritionist Laura Dean Kerns will speak on prostate cancer and nutrition at 6 p.m. Monday at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero, in the Marrero/Westwego Classroom.

AIDS quilt going
on exhibit at Delgado

The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed and information about HIV/AIDS will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through March 26 at Delgado Community College in the Student Life Center, Building 23, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will present information about HIV/AIDS and will include 10 sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, all of which were created by people who have lost family members, friends or loved ones to HIV/AIDS. Several of the sections memorialize the deceased loved ones of Delgado faculty, staff and students.

Women invited
to health screenings

Women’s Retreat 2013, sponsored by the Louisiana Center for Health Equity, will be held Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Elementary School auditorium, 2405 Jackson Ave.

Women 18 and older are invited for free health screenings, information and refreshments.

Sponsors include Blue Cross Blue Shield and People’s Health. For more information, visit http://www.lahealthequity.org.

Touro dietitians teach healthy eating

Dietitians at Touro Infirmary lead a seminar on healthy eating strategies at noon Wednesday in the Foucher Room, 1401 Foucher St., second floor, New Orleans.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Parking in the Prytania and Delachaise Street garages will be validated. The seminar is free, but registration is required. Call (504) 897-8500 for more information.

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.

Call (504) 733-3268 or visit http://www.GNOshots4kids.com.

The bus will be parked at the following times and locations:

  • 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Rouses, 4001 Gen. DeGaulle, Algiers.
  • 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at Walgreens, Chateau and West Esplanade Avenue, Kenner.
  • 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Wal-Mart, 380 N. U.S. 190, Covington.
  • 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Wal-Mart, 4810 Lapalco, Marrero.

Mental health group meets in Slidell

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Connection support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 14 in the Camellia Room of Ochsner North Shore, 100 Medical Center Drive, Slidell.

NAMI Connection is a free monthly support group for adults living with mental illness. No registration required. Groups are confidential — participants are welcome to share as much or as little information as they wish.

Visit http://www.namisttammany.org or call Martha Benson at (985) 626-6538.

Free blood pressure screenings offered

West Jefferson Medical Center offers free blood pressure screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 pm. on the first Friday of each month, except holidays, at Budget Saver Grocery, 1951 Barataria Blvd., West Jefferson. Call (504) 348-0055.

Gentle yoga classes
held on Saturdays

Seniors meet for stretching and gentle yoga Saturdays at 11 a.m. in the meeting room at the Rosa Keller Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St. The class is free.

Blood center needs donations in Metairie

The Blood Center of Southeast Louisiana is seeking donations of whole blood and platelets.

Visit the center at 3400 16th St., Metairie, on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; or Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (504) 887-2833.

Cancer support group available

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, call (504) 349-1640.

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 or email cfreudenthal@ejgh.org.

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.

Grief support groups meet at Touro, W. 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.

Call (504) 723-3628.

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 information, contact Kelly Aprill at (800) 960-0587 or check online at http://www.epilepsylouisiana.org.

Parkinson’s support group sets meetings

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 at 1:30 p.m. the last Monday of the month at East Jefferson General Hospital and include a guest speaker.

Call (504) 456-5000 for more information.

East Jefferson hosts stroke support group

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