The American Cancer Society (ACS) this summer will open its Gulf South Regional Center Hope Lodge (2405 River Road) to provide free temporary housing for Louisiana and out-of-state patients seeking cancer treatments in New Orleans. The ACS conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the nearly finished facility last week.
The facility has 34 suites, each with a private bath and television, a community dining room, kitchen facilities, laundry rooms stocked with supplies, a resource library and computer access, recreation and exercise rooms, a nondenominational chapel and patio area with grills where residents can cook. Guests also will receive free transportation to and from their treatment appointments.
Patients are encouraged to bring a care-provider, and as many as three people can stay in each suite. Referrals for accommodations at the lodge must be initiated by a physician, nurse or social worker, and reservations are granted on a first-come, first-served basis to patients living 30 miles or more from New Orleans. Out-of-state patients are welcome, and guests can stay at Hope Lodge as long as they are undergoing active outpatient cancer treatment.
Hope Lodge is the ACS' first such facility in Louisiana and its 22nd in the United States. It was funded by donations from regional business, civic and religious organizations as well as a grant/loan of $3.5 million from the ACS. American Cancer Society staff members and volunteers will work at the facility to provide support and help to patients and caregivers.
For more information about Hope Lodge, call the ACS at (800) ACS-2345, or visit its Web site at www.cancer.org.
Free Hearing Tests
The New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center (1636 Toledano St.) is offering free hearing tests to people of all ages during May, which is national Better Speech and Hearing Month. To make an appointment for a screening, call 897-2606.
The center, a United Way agency that has operated in the city since 1930, relies on private donations for its operations. For more information, log onto www.noshc.org.
Kudos to Quinlan
Modern Healthcare magazine recently named Ochsner Health System Chief Executive Officer Dr. Patrick Quinlan the 10th most powerful physician executive in the United States. The ranking was part of the magazine's second annual issue of the "50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare" and was published April 24.
Readers nominated physicians for the honor, then the magazine presented a final ballot that included 100 names on which readers voted.
Know Your Risks
Life Line Screening, the leading provider of vascular screenings in the country, is offering quick, noninvasive testing to determine risks for stroke, vascular diseases and osteoporosis at a temporary clinic at 6555 Park Manor Drive in Metairie on Monday, May 15.
Health-care professionals from the Ohio-based company will use ultrasound technology to scan for potential health risks in men and women, and each screening will take about 10 minutes. Costs are $109 for a complete vascular screening package that includes stroke/carotid artery, abdominal aortic aneurysm and hardening of the arteries. A complete package that includes osteoporosis screening is $129. Pre-registration is required. Call (877) 237-1287 to sign up or for more information.
Women's rights activist, playwright and author Eve Ensler, originator of the award-winning The Vagina Monologues and a new play The Good Body, will discuss domestic violence in New Orleans during an address at 6 p.m. May 21 at McAllister Auditorium on the Tulane University campus Uptown.
Ensler, who developed the global V-Day movement to stop violence against women and girls, also will honor three local women for their work in the area of domestic violence following Hurricane Katrina. Admission is free, but those who attend are encouraged to make a donation at the door to benefit domestic violence/rape crisis programs.
For more information, call 865-5238.
Salute to Nurses
Lakeview Regional Medical Center (95 E. Fairway Drive, Covington, 985-867-3800) is hosting a reception from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the first floor conference room of the hospital for all nurses in the community. The reception is to recognize the significant role nurses play in patient care, and particularly to acknowledge the care and comfort they provided to patients during and after Katrina. The event is scheduled in conjunction with National Nurses Week.
Lakeview will begin National Nurses Week celebrations with Registered Nurse Recognition Day on May 6. The week ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the mother of modern nursing.
- The new Hope Lodge will provide people seeking cancer treatment in New Orleans a free place to stay.