From the Desk of Chad Olinde


Chad E. Olinde, CPA, Administrator


Over the past several months, our staff has been working diligently to obtain Critical Access Hospital Joint Commission Accreditation. The accreditation will signify our organizations ongoing efforts to meeting performance standards excellence. Pointe Coupee General Hospital was last accredited by the Joint Commission in the mid 1980's. I am proud that our hospital staff is committed towards the improvement of our facility and would like to commend our department managers for their tireless efforts towards continuous performance improvement.

We are fortunate to have so many dedicated individuals in our organization. I would like to especially commend Dr. Elaine Hurme who has organized our efforts toward full accreditation and spent countless hours toward the achievement of this goal.

As we move into spring, I have noticed an increased emphasis toward fitness in our community. It seems that New Roads has an increasing number of runners and walkers on our sidewalks. Securing a machine at the health clubs has become a little more difficult. Many of our hospital employees are frequenting the local gyms, attending boot camps and joining the local running club. Ten of our workers participated in the Pecan Classic 4 mile (6.4 km) run. I am hopeful that our employees will continue on their exercise regimens and we can set an example for increased fitness in our parish.