Crescent City health briefs for April 15, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by West Jefferson Medical CenterÑCharles Frederick has been elected president of the board of directors of the West Jefferson Hospital Foundation.

IRONKIDS FUN RUN: On the day before the Ironman 70.3 New Orleans, youths ages 3-15 will have an opportunity to run on the Ironman course during the UnitedHealthcare Ironkids 1-mile and quarter-mile fun runs at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at the South Shore Harbor Marina, 6701 Stars & Stripes Blvd., New Orleans. The cost is $15. On-site registration will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, and will begin at 8:30 a.m. April 18. Each athlete receives a race bib, finisher shirt or trucker hat, medal and goodie bag. To register online, visit www.ironkids.com.

WEST JEFFERSON HOSPITAL FOUNDATION: Boomtown Casino executive Charles Frederick has been elected president of the board of directors of the West Jefferson Hospital Foundation.

Other officers elected at the board’s recent annual meeting are Woody Oge, vice president, and Diane Sieta, secretary-treasurer. Other members of the board are Karen Ward, immediate past president, and Garey Alimia, Jean Kass Connick, Cheryl Hebert, Charles G. Jones, Stanton Salathe, Jack Stumpf and Mike Vira.

As of March, the West Jeff Hospital Foundation’s Care House had provided 3,000 nights of comfort to families of patients in critical care at West Jefferson. The Care House opened in 2010 and provides complimentary lodging to three families at a time.

The foundation also aids a number of other programs at West Jefferson, including the Cancer Center, Cardiac Services and support groups across the organization.

COURAGE CAPS: People who enjoy knitting and crocheting will gather at 5 p.m. April 16 at The Infusion Center at West Jefferson, 4511 Westbank Expressway, Marrero, to create caps to encourage cancer patients. Yarn donations are welcome. For information, call (504) 349-1232.

TESTICULAR CANCER AWARENESS: Nurses will provide information on signs and symptoms of testicular cancer from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, April 20, in the loggy of the West Jefferson General Hospital Physicians Center, 1111 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero.

SMOKING CESSATION: The pulmonary rehabilitation department at West Jefferson Medical Center is sponsoring smoking cessation support groups that will meet at 10 a.m. April 21 and at 5:30 p.m. April 22 at the West Jefferson Care Transition Clinic, 4500 10th St., Suite A, Marrero. These groups are for people who have quit smoking but need additional support. For registration and information, call (504) 349-2340.

LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER: A free program to help women look their best during cancer treatment will be offered from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Infusion Center at West Jefferson Medical Center, 4511 Westbank Expressway, Marrero. Cosmetologists teach participants in Look Good, Feel Better beauty tips to help minimize appearance related side-effects. For information, call (800) 227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

HEART FAILURE CLASS: The West Jefferson Heart Failure Resource Center will provide information about types of heart failure medications, symptoms and diagnosis, prevention and treatment, advance directives and more at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Heart Failure Resource Classroom, 4500 Westbank Expressway, Marrero. Participants should bring updated medication lists to follow along. For information and to register, call (504) 349-6222.