Crescent City health briefs for August 19, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Southern Eye Bank -- William B. Buras Sr., left, of the Southern Eye Bank, and Dr. Donald Costello, of the St. Thomas Community Health Center

  • EYE HEALTH AT ST. THOMAS CENTER The Southern Eye Bank has provided the St. Thomas Community Health Center with a grant that will allow it to purchase a retinal camera and a vision-testing system letter chart. The retinal camera will allow Dr. Donald Costello’s staff at St. Thomas to perform diagnostic testing of the retina without dilating the pupils. This will decrease the time it takes to perform these tests, as well as the time required to diagnose and monitor retinal diseases. The retinal camera is WiFi-ready for telemedicine and is user-friendly, allowing various staff members to perform the necessary tests. By providing a fixation device for young children, the vision-testing system letter chart will aid in cooperation during the eye exam. The system can also be used as a patient education tool, showing videos that assist in explaining the eye diagnosis to patients. In 2014, St. Thomas Community Health Center provided 2,649 eye exams to 2,114 patients. The eye clinic is at 2405 Jackson Ave., Building B, Suite 222, New Orleans, (504) 529-5558.
  • NAMI WALK: The New Birth Brass Band will set the pace when NAMI Walk 2015 takes place at 10 a.m. Oct. 24 at Audubon Park in New Orleans, raising money and awareness for mental health resources. A kickoff luncheon for team captains will take place at 1 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Five Happiness Imperial Room, 3511 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. To reserve a place at the free luncheon, register a team at namiwalks.org. The local walk manager is Meghan Goldbeck, (504) 896-2345, ext. 121.
  • PARKINSON’S CIRCLE OF FRIENDS: Betty Randle, of AbbVie pharmaceuticals, will give a presentation on the company’s Duopa treatment for people with advanced Parkinson’s disease when the Parkinson’s Circle of Friends meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at St. Francis Villa Assisted Living, 10411 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge. The Duopa treatment is intended to reduce the amount of time patients experience poor mobility, slowness and stiffness. The Parkinson’s Circle of Friends meets on the second Tuesday of every month. For information, call Michelle Lane at (504) 952-6659 or Susan Sapir-Fields at (504) 432-0006.
  • 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. Aug. 19. The fee is $15 per person or $25 per couple. West Jefferson Medical Center is at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. 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. Aug. 22. West Jefferson Medical Center is at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.
  • SIBLING T.L.C.: A program to help prepare children 3 and older for the arrival of a new baby will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 22 at the Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center, 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • ABC’S 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. Sept. 1. West Jefferson Medical Center is at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.
  • OSTOMY SUPPORT: The Greater New Orleans Ostomy Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October and December at 7 p.m. at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. The next meeting will be Oct. 13. For information, call (504) 454-4941.
  • 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. Oct. 13. West Jefferson Medical Center is at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.