Veterans program starts boot camp

The Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program for military veterans has begun coursework in the program’s inaugural boot camp.

Created this year, the program provides business training, followed by long-term counseling from small business partners. It was developed through a partnership of Louisiana Economic Development, Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, the Louisiana National Guard, the Louisiana Business and Technology Center and LSU Executive Education.

The initial boot camp includes 19 veterans, with plans for an estimated 108 participants in its first year. Goals target at least 30 percent of the participants launching a business and collectively raising at least $5 million in startup capital.

Louisiana Economic Development is providing initial funding for the boot camp program.

Information and applications for the program are at

Organization accepts LSU into membership

LSU has been accepted for membership in the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, a nonprofit consortium of more than 100 colleges and universities involved in research and education in atmospheric and related sciences.

Christopher F. D’Elia, dean of the LSU College of the Coast & Environment, noted that atmospheric sciences are interrelated with sciences studied throughout campus.

“As one of a select group of universities in the country that has land-, sea- and space-grant designation, LSU has multifaceted expertise that will benefit the consortium and vice versa,” said Kalliat T. Valsaraj, LSU vice president for research and economic development.

“A state like Louisiana that is vulnerable to extreme weather events will benefit from having its flagship university involved with UCAR," said UCAR President Antonio J. Busalacchi.

Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research and provides additional services to support research and education through its community programs.

LSU Health professor gets grant for study

Dr. Patricia Molina, professor and head of physiology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has been awarded a $390,532 grant over two years to test the effectiveness of physical exercise to improve the regulation of blood sugar levels in people living with HIV/AIDS who also use alcohol.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism awarded the grant.

With advancement of anti-retroviral therapy, HIV infection has emerged as a chronic disease leading to an enhanced risk for other conditions such as myopathy, or muscle disorders, insulin resistance and pre-diabetes. Risk factors for these conditions include hazardous alcohol consumption.

"The studies will select persons at high risk for developing diabetes and test an exercise program to improve health and decrease risk for diabetes," said Molina, who also is the director of the LSU Health New Orleans Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence. "These studies are important because they will decrease the burden of disease in this vulnerable population."

LUBA Workers' Comp receives agency rating

Insurance rating and information service A.M. Best has affirmed the A- Excellent rating for the financial strength of LUBA Workers’ Comp, a regional casualty insurance company.

The company has been rated A- Excellent since LUBA’s first rating in 2003. The rating reflects “disciplined underwriting and focus on risk management with excellent operating results,” according to A.M. Best. 

Pre-law program applicants sought

The nonprofit Urban Restoration Enhancement Corp. is accepting applications until Nov. 15 for the free College & Career Ready Initiative’s Pre-Law Institute for Baton Rouge high school students, scheduled for Nov. 28 through March 14.

Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. The institute meets Monday through Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Southern University Law Center.

Participants will meet a variety of law professionals; participate in mock criminal trials; gain experience with preparing an opening statement, writing a closing argument, introducing evidence and examining witnesses; and develop an understanding of the legal and criminal justice system.

Information and registration are at The contact is Kathryn Robinson, program director, at (225) 356-8871, ext. 204, or

College and Career Ready is a 21st Century Community Learning Center providing after-school and summer learning programs through Urban Restoration Enhancement Corp. and its sponsors. Future institutes for the 2017-2018 academic year will include the Emergency Medical Responder Institute and IGNITE Fellowship & Entrepreneurship Institute with a paid internship.

STEP-In clinic opens in Prairieville

St. Elizabeth Physicians has opened a STEP-In clinic in Suite A at the Prairieville Medical Plaza at 17609 Old Jefferson Highway.

The clinic accepts walk-ins for the treatment of sprains and strains, allergies, colds, coughs, flu, strep, sore throats and other minor illnesses and injuries.

The clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

St. Elizabeth Physicians also operates a STEP-In Clinic in Medical Plaza I on the campus of St. Elizabeth Hospital at 2647 S. St. Elizabeth Blvd. in Gonzales. St. Elizabeth Physicians is a subsidiary of St. Elizabeth Hospital and part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System since 2007.

Brusly clinic offering cardiology services

Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group Westside in Brusly has expanded its services to include cardiology.

The clinic has provided primary care and urgent care. The heart care services at the clinic include general and preventive cardiology. Heart testing on-site includes echocardiograms, vascular ultrasound and stress testing.

The clinic, at 402 N. Vaughn St., is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and for urgent care only from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The number is (225) 749-2645.

Entrepreneurship workshop scheduled

A "Simple Steps Workshop" on entrepreneurship will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 7 by SCORE Baton Rouge at the main library at 7711 Goodwood Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

Topics include myths and realities of entrepreneurship; critical success factors; knowing options; components of business ownership; making a business legal; funding and cash management; and business plan basics.

Register at

Parc Gardens plans summer 2018 opening

Parc Gardens, an apartment community designed for individuals 55 and older, is expected to open by summer 2018 at 1521 Camellia Blvd. in Lafayette.

"Not to be confused with need-based care, Parc Gardens will be a place where those over 55 can downsize and stay in Acadiana without having to resort to traditional senior housing,” said Evelyn Doré, regional director of ASX Properties, the company developing the apartments.

The property is being developed as an extension of the Parc Lafayette development. Rates start at $968 per month. It will have one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, with wood floors, granite countertops, private balconies and intrusion alarms. Amenities include a fitness center, pet park, resort-style pool, resident garden, elevators, outdoor living areas, planned activities and nightly security.

The phone number is (337) 993-8886.

Lakeview Health gets trauma designation

Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, a 167-bed, private, acute-care campus of Tulane Medical Center, was recently verified as a Level III Trauma Center.

Lakeview Regional’s trauma status was verified by the verification review committee of the American College of Surgeons' committee on trauma. Lakeview Regional is one of six hospitals in Louisiana with a trauma center designation.

“Level III trauma status is an important designation for St. Tammany Parish and surrounding parishes, as it assures our residents they will receive the best care possible from an experienced team of board-certified emergency medicine physicians, highly skilled surgeons, trauma nurses and other health care professionals in the event of a serious injury or accident,” said Willie Paretti, chairman of Lakeview Regional Medical Center advisory board and member of Tulane Health System governing board.

Health events can include traumatic car crash injuries, gunshot wounds, stab wounds, major burns, serious falls, blunt trauma and traumatic brain injuries.