Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital was chosen Hospital of the Year by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation at its annual Nightingale Gala held in Baton Rouge. The Nightingale Awards are presented annually in a number of categories that recognize outstanding nurses, administrators and hospitals. LSSH won in its category of 100 beds or less. The Nightingale Awards honor a hospital employer of registered nurses that demonstrates recognition of professional nursing and innovation in leadership. Located at 1101 Kaliste Saloom Road, LSSH is a 70,000-square-foot facility with eight surgical suites, 20 patient rooms and a multi-disciplinary approach to high quality surgical care and pain management. Also at the local hospital, Registered Nurse Nancy Boutte has been promoted to interim CEO. She replaces retired CEO Tom Cooper. Boutte, who joined the staff in 2003, previously served as chief nursing officer and clinical operations officer at the hospital. She graduated from UL Lafayette with a bachelor's degree in nursing and earned a master's in nursing administration from Southeastern Louisiana University. She has 31 years of nursing experience, 24 in a nursing leadership role, is certified in operating room nursing and has extensive perioperative experience.
Registered Nurse Barbara Feske has been named fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation's leading professional society for health care leaders. Feske is vice president of management and support at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. To achieve ACHE fellow status, Feske fulfilled multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years. The ACHE is an international professional society of more than 30,000 health care executives who lead the nation's hospitals and health care systems and organizations.
Dr. Ann Laurent, a Lafayette restorative/cosmetic dentist, has completed the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation course in Dallas, Texas, and received certification to provide conscious sedation for patients who may be anxious about having dental procedures performed. The DOCS is the fastest-growing organization of its kind in dentistry, providing the education necessary for dentists to care for the large population of people who avoid dental visits out of fear. Laurent prescribes a sedative patients take the night before their visit, which ensures both a good night's sleep and a relaxed morning. A companion or friend drives the patient to the office, where additional medication is administered as part of the sedation therapy, and an experienced team monitors the patient throughout the visit. For more information, visit www.sedationcare.com or contact Laurent's office at (337) 406-1110.