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Tobacco Cessation Participant Now Volunteers Her Time to Help Others

Elishia Boutwell, like many longtime smokers, was struggling to quit. The now-retired Monroe teacher had been smoking for 46 years. A visit to her primary care provider at St. Francis Medical Center in 2020 changed everything — and led her down a path to helping...

Why Sepsis Is the No. 1 Cause of Death in Hospitals and How We’re Helping Stop It

Every year in the U.S., sepsis leads to more deaths than opioid overdoses, prostate cancer and breast cancer combined. It’s the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals, and Louisiana health systems are struggling with the highest rates of sepsis-related deaths in the...

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Is Now a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center … So, What Does That Mean?

In November 2022, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital’s Trauma Center was upgraded to a Level II pediatric trauma center by the American College of Surgeons, making it the first and only pediatric trauma center in the Capital Region to receive this prestigious...

Patient Credits Tobacco Cessation Program with Saving His Life  

As a teenager, Robert Gauthier thought smoking cigarettes was the cool thing to do. A native and resident of Lafayette, Robert saw that many of his friends were smokers, so he decided to join the crowd.  What he once thought harmless led to Robert smoking a pack of...