Childrens Hospital, Touro join network

Children’s Hospital and Touro have joined the Gulf South Quality Network.

GSQN is a collaborative network that allows physicians to share clinical best practices, with the goal of improving the quality of patient care while reducing costs, said Gregory C. Feirn, chief executive officer of LCMC Health, the parent company of Children’s Hospital and Touro.

Bill Bopp, GSQN’s president, said the network enables hospitals and physicians to remain independent, but collectively focus on improving patient care and efficiently utilizing medical resources.

GSQN recently expanded to Lafayette and now includes Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, the Regional Medical Center of Acadiana and Women’s & Children’s Hospital, along with the six original hospital network members: East Jefferson General Hospital, Lakeview Regional Medical Center, Slidell Memorial, Tulane Medical Center, Tulane/Lakeside Hospital and West Jefferson Medical Center.

Gulf South Quality Network has more than 1,600 physicians.

Wingstop opens Metairie restaurant

Wingstop has opened a chicken wing restaurant at 4704 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie.

Owners of the restaurant are franchisees Justin Lui and Chuong Pham.

Wingstop’s menu features traditional and boneless wings as well as strips, sauced and tossed in 11 flavors such as mango habanero, lemon pepper, garlic parmesan and original hot. Sides include hand-cut seasoned fries.

Hours of operation are daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. The phone number is (504) 885-0022 and website is www.wingstop.com.

Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Dallas, the chain has more than 720 global locations.

Trade mission planned to Yucatan, Campeche

A Gulf States Trade Mission to Mexico has been scheduled for April 21–24 to Yucatan and Campeche.

The trade mission is being led by the World Trade Center of New Orleans, Committee of 100 business leaders group and Mississippi Manufacturers Association.

The mission will focus on economic opportunities in maritime and ports trade activity, oil and gas services and technology, health care services and technology, water management and coastal erosion, wood products, and used construction equipment and parts.

The World Trade Center was appointed to the Gulf States Accord Task Force, a group of business leaders working to develop economic ties among the United States and Mexican states of Yucatan and Campeche.

Plans to form a task force were announced during a November meeting convened by the Consul General of Mexico in New Orleans and the Committee of 100. More than 50 business and government representatives attended from the states of Campeche, Yucatan, Mississippi and Louisiana.

The meeting was a first-step toward renewing a Gulf States Accord, with support from the private sector to sustain the accord.

For information or to join the trade mission, contact Eliza Brierre at the WTC at (504) 619-9834 or email ebrierre@wtcno.org.

Women business event set at SLU in Hammond

A “Women Mean Business 2015” conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 26 in the Student Union Grand Ballroom at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

The event is being held by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University and Tangipahoa Professional Women.

The conference will provide strategies to help women of all ages survive and thrive individually and professionally, said Sandy Summers, assistant director of the LSBDC.

The event also will feature a panel of experts addressing the top wellness issues for women in 2015.

Table, vendor and ad sponsorships are available for businesses.

The conference cost is $35 in advance and $45 on the event day. It includes lunch.

Southeastern students may attend at no charge, but advance registration is required.

To register or receive more information about table sponsorships, go to www.tangipw.org/WMB or contact LSBDC at (985) 549-3831 or lsbdc.slu@lsbdc.org.

Sanderson Farms CEO giving lecture at SLU

The chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms Inc. will deliver Southeastern Louisiana University’s James and Evelyn Livingston Business Ethics Lecture on March 24.

The event is at 7 p.m. in SLU’s Student Union Ballroom A.

Joe F. Sanderson Jr., who is also chairman of the board of the third-largest poultry company in the nation, will discuss “Sanderson Farms: Growing the Right Way.”

The lecture is presented by the College of Business and is free and open to the public.

Sanderson Farms, based in Laurel, Mississippi, has operations in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia and North Carolina and employs 11,747.

Harvey Energy LNG vessel put in service

The Harvey Energy, the first liquefied natural gas-powered vessel operating in the United States, has been put into service supporting Shell Upstream America’s deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Coast Shipyard Group announced.

The vessel, which also can operate on diesel, is the first of six LNG offshore vessels being built for Harvey Gulf International Marine. It is a 310-by-24.5-foot platform supply vessel.

The vessel will refuel at Harvey Gulf’s new LNG bunkering facility at Port Fourchon, which provides access to more than 600 oil and gas rigs and platforms within a 40-mile radius.

Affordable housing training program starts

An affordable housing program has been designed to provide qualified employees of Louisiana nonprofits and community development entities with information to master the home development process for single-family residences.

The free program seeks to address the shortage of capable, nonprofit housing developers that exists throughout Louisiana through three training components: classroom instruction, a CAP Lab and project mentoring.

Forty-two participants from 26 nonprofit organizations have been selected to learn about the home-construction permitting process, how to buy land, how to select the style of a house and how to select a contractor.

Through a partnership with Capital One Community Development Corp., Louisiana Housing Alliance, Louisiana Housing Corporation, Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance and NeighborWorks, the seven-month program will offer this unique training opportunity to community housing development groups from across Louisiana.

The program will hold its first session March 18-20 at the Louisiana Housing Corp. Office at 2415 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

Two nonprofits from Baton Rouge — Urban Restoration Enhancement and Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance — will participate in the program.