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David Callecod, CEO of Lafayette General Health, Building a Strong and Innovative Healthcare Network Throughout South Louisiana
David Callecod hit the ground running when he was hired by Lafayette General Hospital ("LGH") in July 2008 as its President and CEO. Under the capable leadership of Lafayette General's board of directors and its vision of creating a strong regional healthcare network, Callecod oversaw the partnership with St. Martin Hospital in Breaux Bridge within a few months of his arrival. In 2008, Lafayette General Hospital had two facilities with 1700 employees and $170 million in net revenue. Fast forward eleven years, there are now 4600 employees with net revenue of $750 million in facilities the system owns which include Lafayette General Orthopaedic Hospital, Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, St. Martin Hospital, University Hospital & Clinics (UHC), Acadia General Hospital and Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital. LGH also enjoys partnerships with Abbeville General Hospital, Bunkie General Hospital, Cardiovascular Institute of the South, Franklin Foundation Hospital, Iberia Medical Center, Jennings American Legion Hospital, and Opelousas General Health System. When you combine all partners of LGH, the collective net revenue is $1.1 billion. David Callecod is passionate and optimistic about the opportunities LGH has to positively transform health outcomes in South Louisiana. Humbly providing servant leadership to LGH's vast network of health professionals, every hospital LGH has acquired has moved into the highest patient satisfaction rankings. Lafayette General 's main campus serves as the Level Two Trauma Center for all of Southwest Louisiana covering the geographic region from the Atchalayafa Basin to the Texas border. From an economic development perspective, maintaining access to this high acuity healthcare in Lafayette prevents patients from transferring to larger regional centers such as Baton Rouge or Houston. On a personal level, it affords higher quality healthcare outcomes while giving loved ones the opportunity to receive treatment close to home. A strategic partnership with Oschner Health Network was undertaken four years ago by LGH to combine its purchasing power and reduce overall costs to both systems. As the reimbursement model for health industry providers has quickly evolved, innovative approaches have been pursued to cut costs while ensuring the highest quality healthcare options to keep patients from needing to reenter the hospital. The partnership has also created an expansion of physician services such as in pediatric specialties, diagnostic imaging, and biomedical services. LGH took over University Hospital five years ago amid massive budget cuts to LSU's teaching and "charity" hospital system. Maintaining the program for graduate medical training in Lafayette is a critical component in attracting physicians to the area as many doctors decide to put down permanent roots in the geographic region in which they train. UHC and Lafayette General educate 82 residents per year, and approximately 250 residents rotate through Lafayette General from LSU each year. Specialties such as internal medicine, family practice, OB/GYN, general surgery and ENT are examples of strong programs taught, although many other specialties are represented. Lafayette General's Women's Health division is now the #1 location for babies to be born in the region and the unit assists with the delivery of over 3200 babies each year. Run by Judy Robichaux, Director of Maternal, Newborn and Pediatric Services, the unit has earned a 99% patient satisfaction rating. David Callecod serves on One Acadiana's CEO Advisory Council and he is a big proponent of the "55 by 25" initiative to ensure that 55% of Acadiana's adults achieve some type of higher ed certification by 2025. Educational achievement is directly tied to the quality of life outcomes experienced by people, including good health, and LGH supports this important focus of increasing educational outcomes in South Louisiana. One-third of Acadiana's residents (200,
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Pawd Cast: Rhonda Somerton, Investigating Grisly Monterey Animal Mutilations
This is a podcast from the 12/6/18 program, featuring Rhonda Somerton, a volunteer with the Humane Farming Association. She gathered information on the Salinas "River of Death," as a TV station called it. Here is how she tells the story: I was working with the Humane Farming Association, which is based in San Rafael, CA, on another matter. In October, a concerned citizen tipped me off to the fact that multiple dead dogs and goats were being dumped off of a bridge in south Monterey County and into the Salinas riverbed. They felt that there were public records regarding the case and I sent a public records request for any records regarding the dog dumping at the Elm Avenue bridge, near Metz, outside of Greenfield. The records revealed that “multiple dog bodies” were being dumped at the site and a necropsy performed on one of the dogs found that it was a suspicious death due to one missing eyeball and a deep, severe puncture wound to its throat. Myself and other volunteers visited that site and another we had been told about in San Lucas, south of Greenfield, also at the Salinas River. Over the next two months we found multiple mutilated animals, including beheaded goats and chickens, many with signs of ritualistic sacrifice like flowers and candles. We also found at least three badly decomposing dogs and one young domestic dog skeleton. We documented the findings with photos and video. The county records indicated that the county knew about the dog dumping since 2016. We understand from a few sources that there were good people at county that wanted to help these and other animals, but the management at the Monterey County Health Department would not allow an investigation. The Humane Farming Association is offering a $2,500 reward for any information that leads to a conviction for animal cruelty in this case and plans to arrange a meeting with local Monterey County officials to discuss a multi-agency approach to this case and to share any tips received. Send tips here: email@example.com
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