‘Around the Table’ event planned for newcomers

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is accepting registration until Friday, May 15, for its second annual Around the Table event being held Thursday, June 4.

Around the Table will place 225 participants in 20 different homes in a home dinner party setting designed to connect newcomers with locals and encourage discussions.

Participants will discuss various way to connect within the community, the workplace and with other residents.

“A key initiative of BRAC’s talent program is to help newcomers and all local professionals feel woven into the fabric of our region,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC.

Tickets can be purchased at www.brac.org/events.

OLOL offering online Express Check-In

Our Lady of the Lake has added an online tool that allows consumers to check anticipated treatment times in its emergency rooms and urgent care clinics.

The tool, called Lake Express Check-In, provides anticipated treatment times at the main campus’s emergency room and Children’s ER; the ER at Our Lady of the Lake Livingston; LSU Health Baton Rouge urgent care clinics; and Lake Quick Care.

Lake Express Check-in also helps patients assess whether the appropriate level of care for their condition is through an ER, urgent care clinic or a physician’s office.

Estimated treatment times may be selected by visiting ololrmc.com/express and lsuhealthbr.com.

Although it’s not an appointment or reservation service, the free online tool lets patients hold their place in line before arriving at the facility.

DoubleTree renovation finished in Lafayette

The $12 million renovation of the 327-room DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Lafayette has been completed.

The work included a total redesign of the lobby, updated rooms, new furniture in the public areas, renovations to the pool and sun deck and revamping the restaurant and bar.

The 15-story hotel is owned by Garrison Wright Prop Co. JV LLC and managed by Hospitality Management Advisors.

CVS, Ochsner enter clinical affiliation

CVS Health, which operates pharmacies and has MinuteClinics in some locations, has entered into a clinical affiliation with Ochsner Health System.

CVS Health will provide prescription and clinic visit information to Ochsner through its electronic health record system. That will help Ochsner health care providers ensure patients are keeping up with their medications and help coordinate care for patients seen at MinuteClinic locations.

“By integrating our electronic medical records and information systems, we will collectively have a more comprehensive view of our patients, which can aid in health care decision-making and help ensure patients adhere to important medications for chronic diseases,” said Dr. Troyen A. Brennan, chief medical officer of CVS Health. “In this era of health care reform, we are pleased to work with these health care organizations to develop collaborative programs that enhance access to patient care, improve health outcomes and lower health care costs in the communities they serve,” he said.

Patients will continue to have access to clinical support, medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring and wellness programs at CVS pharmacies and MinuteClinics.

CVS Health and MinuteClinic have established clinical affiliations with more than 50 major health systems and health care providers across the country. CVS has more than 7,800 retail pharmacy locations across the U.S.

ExxonMobil Foundation matches LSU donations

The ExxonMobil Foundation has donated $1.04 million to the LSU Foundation as part of the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2014 Educational Matching Gift Program.

The gift represents the ExxonMobil Foundation 3:1 match of 157 employees’, retirees’ and surviving spouses’ donations of $377,013 to LSU. LSU was the third-largest beneficiary of the company’s Educational Matching Gift Program last year.

Lafayette Cedar Crest living facility opens

Cedar Crest, a living facility for residents battling Alzheimer’s and other memory-related illnesses, has opened in Lafayette.

Mo Hannie, Cedar Crest partner and developer, said the facility is a legacy for her father, who died from Alzheimer’s.

Everything from color schemes to the layout of apartments was specifically designed for memory-impaired residents, said Joyce Hannie, Cedar Crest partner and administrator.

“Our goal is to promote and provide specialized, quality, compassionate care to seniors with memory-related diseases to achieve the most independent quality of life possible,” said Nicol Hannie, also a partner.

The website is cedarcrest living.com.

Health technology tools awareness survey starts

A nonprofit and the state Department of Health and Hospitals have launched an online survey to measure consumer awareness of health information technology tools and patients’ rights to access personal health information.

The survey is a key factor in a collaborative effort by the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum and DHH to promote the use of health IT tools, such as electronic health records and patient portals. These sorts of tools can help improve patients’ health and decision-making.

The partners also are trying to educate Louisiana residents about their rights to access and have copies of their personal health information.

The 10-question survey can be found at www.lhcqf.org.

Project construction starts at Port Manchac

The South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission has started construction on its bulkhead/dredging project.

The new infrastructure projects are part of a $3 million construction program primarily funded by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

A series of infrastructure improvements has been engineered to redevelop the Port Manchac inter-modal terminal into a modern inland trans-loading facility to attract new industries and create new job market opportunities for the Tangipahoa Parish region.

The $3 million investment program also will include internal roadway, drainage and parking improvements, rail spur maintenance and lay-down storage area improvements.

The new infrastructure is part of the port’s master plan for future development that was originally developed in 2007.

The 140-acre inter-modal terminal is located adjacent to Interstate 55 at the southern end of Tangipahoa Parish.

Farm to School conference planned

A statewide conference dedicated to the Farm to School initiative will be hosted by the LSU AgCenter at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on Wednesday, May 27.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with the program being held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be included.

The free conference will promote farm-to-school activities and networking, and will increase awareness of the program in which students learn about local food and farms, growing food and increased access to fresh local food in schools.

The conference is funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to School grant.

The conference will have two main tracks with three sessions each throughout the day.

One track will focus on garden and community, with sessions ranging from starting and sustaining a school garden to connecting gardens to curricula.

The second track will examine child nutrition and producers, with sessions on local purchasing best practices for all sizes and farm-to-school food safety.

Registration is requested online at laf2sconference2015.eventbrite.com.