Patient Stories Articles

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...

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...

Former NICU Baby Interested in the Medical Field

Years ago, the Juneau family welcomed triplets in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Francis Medical Center. “The appointment was at 11 a.m. and we walked across the street to the hospital and by 1:09 pm, Daniel was born,” says Mark Juneau. “I mean it was...

NICU Nurse Adopts Baby From the Unit

“We love it. I think this is what we’re meant to do, it’s a little hard to watch the kids come and then they get ready and they go. You get attached,” smiles Lloyd Ferris. It’s a family affair for the Ferris Family. Dawn Ferris has worked at the St. Francis Neonatal...