• ST. CHARLES SURGICAL HOSPITAL: St. Charles Surgical Hospital in New Orleans has been awarded recognition by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. As a participant in the improvement program, St. Charles Surgical Hospital tracks and submits the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures to a national database that monitors patient safety and the quality of surgical care. “This recognition is a testament to our surgeons, nurses and staff who work towards our mission to provide patients with the best in surgical care,” Dr. Scott Sullivan said. “We are proud of the recognition alongside the best hospitals nationwide and continue to be committed to the high-quality standards of this program.”
  • BREAST CANCER WALK: More than 4,500 people participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk Oct. 10 at Champions Square in New Orleans, raising about $213,000. Since 1993, more than 11 million Making Strides supporters have raised more than $685 million nationwide. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women and is the most common cancer diagnosed in women, other than skin cancer. For free breast cancer information and resources, visit the American Cancer Society’s website at cancer.org or call (800) 227-2345.
  • FAMILY AND FRIENDS CPR: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center will offer an introduction to CPR from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. The fee is $15 per person or $25 per couple. For information, call (504) 349-6200.
  • CARING FOR YOUR NEWBORN: A physician and a registered nurse from West Jefferson Medical Center will discuss newborn behavior and care from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.
  • SIBLING TLC: A program to help prepare children 3 and older for the arrival of a new baby will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.
  • FREE FLU SHOTS:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color There will be free flu shots for musicians, bartenders and hospitality workers from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at Dat Dog, 601 Frenchmen St., New Orleans. The event will feature food and musical entertainment. For information, email goodhealth@nomaf.org.
  • I CAN QUIT: A four-week program for people who are serious about stopping smoking forever will be held Tuesdays, Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24, at Touro, 1401 Foucher St., New Orleans. Participants must commit to attend all four meetings. For information on the I Can Quit program, contact Robert Gardner at (504) 897-8209 or robert.gardner@touro.com.
  • WEST JEFFERSON MEDICAL CENTER GALA: West Jefferson Medical Center will hold its Moonlight & Martinis Gala from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, under the oaks behind the fitness center at the hospital, 1121 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. Guests at the patron party, beginning at 6 p.m., will have an opportunity to meet Dr. Jennifer Arnold, of TLC’s “The Little Couple.” The Charmaine Neville Band will perform at 7:40 p.m., and there will be a live auction with Norman Robinson at 8:30 p.m. Single tickets are $125 at www.wjmc.org/moonlight.
  • ABCS OF BREAST-FEEDING: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center will offer a discussion of breast-feeding basics and common concerns from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.
  • DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP: A diabetes support group meets at 10 a.m. on the third Tuesday of every month in Suite C-309 on the third floor at Touro, 1401 Foucher St., New Orleans. For information, call the Touro Diabetes Center at (504) 897-8813.
  • STROKE EDUCATION: A series of free stroke education classes for patients and caregivers is held at 2:30 p.m. Fridays at West Jefferson Medical Center. For information, including location, call (504) 349-1346.
  • CAR SEAT CHECKUPS: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center offers free car seat checkups every Wednesday by appointment. For information, call (504) 349-2173. West Jefferson Medical Center is at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. To learn more about car seat safety, visit www.safercar.gov.