From the Desk of Chad Olinde

Chad E. Olinde, CPA, Administrator

Now that summer is here, I know that our children are immersed in their various summer activities and families are traveling to the beach for some much needed relaxation. Every summer at Pointe Coupee General Hospital, we look forward to employing twelve college students majoring in healthcare related areas. We are proud to provide these students a glimpse into the medical working environment and hope that the experience will fuel their desire to return to our parish and become our healthcare professionals of the future.

In June, we are excited to begin our Community Health Worker program which will provide assistance to our under-served population in navigating the healthcare system and obtaining the services that they need. The program will promote community outreach, provide health screenings and assist our health providers in the management of chronic diseases. Our partners in this endeavor, Capital Area Human Services District and Tulane University, have provided effective leadership and we are thankful for their expertise in implementing this pilot program.

Patients visiting our outpatient departments will notice a new look to our waiting room. We have separated the registration areas for the Emergency Department and other outpatient ancillary services. The outpatient area is equipped with a new patient flow system. This change has expedited patient flow through our system and has improved triage of emergent patients.

We hope that all of friends in the community have a happy and safe summer.