Crescent City health briefs for July 8, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of LouisianaÑFrom left are Natalie Chandler, editor of New Orleans CityBusiness; Dr. Ann Kay Logarbo, chief medical officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana; and Lisa Blossman, publisher of New Orleans CityBusiness.

HEALTHCARE HERO: Dr. Ann Kay Logarbo, chief medical officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana, was recently honored at the 2015 Healthcare Heroes Luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel New Orleans.

Healthcare Heroes was started in 2007 by New Orleans CityBusiness and honors 50 health care professionals in the New Orleans area in six categories: animal care, first-responders, nursing, physicians, professionals and volunteers. Honorees are selected based on their industry achievement and community involvement.

Logarbo has had two diametrically different careers in medicine. For 27 years, she practiced pediatrics on the north shore. In March 2012, she traded in her scrubs for business attire when she stepped away from the practice of medicine to become chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana. In this role, she helps physicians, facilities and members make the transition to a managed Medicaid health plan.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: The Metropolitan Human Services District has opened its New Orleans East Behavioral Health Center inside the New Orleans East Daughters of Charity Primary Care Health Center at 5630 Read Blvd., at the entrance to the New Orleans East Hospital.

The behavioral health center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It provides mental health, addiction and developmental disability services to Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.

INFANT SAFETY AND FIRST AID: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center will present a program on infant safety and first aid from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.

CAR SEAT CHECKUPS: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center offers free car seat checkups every Wednesday by appointment. To make an appointment, call (504) 349-2173. The medical center is at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. To learn more about car seat safety, visit www.safercar.gov.

STROKE EDUCATION: A series of free stroke education classes for patients and caregivers is being held Fridays at 2:30 p.m. at West Jefferson Medical Center. For information, including location, call (504) 349-1346.

SIBLING T.L.C.: A program to help prepare children 3 and older for the arrival of a new baby will be held at 2:30 p.m. July 11 at the Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.

ABC’s OF BREASTFEEDING: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center will offer a discussion of breastfeeding basics, and common concerns, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 7, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: The Parkinson’s Disease Circle of Friends meets at 7 p.m. July 14 at St. Francis Villa Assisted Living, 10411 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge.

The meeting will include separate gatherings for patients, in the first-floor dining room, and for caregivers, on the third floor. Michelle Land and Esther Smith will lead the patient group, and Susan Sapir-Fields and Eloise LeBlanc will lead the caregivers group, allowing everyone to share their experiences, frustrations and laughter in a private setting.

The Circle of Friends support group meets on the second Tuesday of each month. For information, call Michelle Lane at (504) 952-6659 or Susan Sapir-Fields at (504) 432-0006.

BIOMEDICAL TREATMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Parents of children with autism or attention disorders can learn about alternative and complementary treatments when the Louisiana Chapter of the Thinking Moms Revolution meets from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 18 in St. Joseph Hall at St. Francis Xavier Church, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie.

Biomedical treatments work with a child’s body, using vitamins and other natural medicines to treat the underlying source of the problem and not the symptoms. For information, contact Rainna Moran and Jeanna Broussard at chase answers@gmail.com.

BABY-SITTING CLASS: A baby-sitting class for people 11 and older will be held from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 18 at the Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. The $55 fee for this condensed Red Cross course includes a textbook, CD-ROM and lunch. For information, call (504) 349-6200.