The Louisiana Bar Foundation has named as Fellows C. Kevin Hayes, an attorney with Adams and Reese in Baton Rouge; Diana Mercer, an attorney with Loyola College of Law in New Orleans; Jonathan M. Rhodes, an attorney with the Louisiana Civil Justice Center in New Orleans; and Lisa Woodruff-White, an attorney with the 19th JDC Family Court in Baton Rouge.

The foundation works to improve the system of justice and advance equal justice under the law.

Cardiovascular Institute of the South’s 14 clinic locations have been designated as Level Two “WellSpots” by the Department of Health and Hospitals Well-Ahead Program. A WellSpot is a place or organization that has implemented voluntary changes to encourage healthy lifestyles. CIS received the mid-level designation for programs such as a tobacco-free campus policy, which was instituted in 2009, and an employee wellness program, which includes employee screenings and provides healthy education for employees.

Eighteen Louisiana hospitals are being recognized by the March of Dimes for reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy.

The March of Dimes said meeting the criteria will give more babies a healthy start in life.

The effort is the result of a partnership among the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Birth Outcomes Initiative, the Louisiana Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation Hospital Engagement Network, and the March of Dimes. More than 960 early elective deliveries have been prevented, which translates to an 83 percent reduction since the beginning of the initiative in 2012, according to data released from the LHAREF HEN. These efforts equated to $700,000 in direct cost savings, not including savings resulting from reductions in NICU utilization.

The hospitals are Abbeville General Hospital; CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital; Dauterive Hospital; East Jefferson General Hospital; Iberia Medical Center; Lafayette General Medical Center; Lakeview Regional Medical Center; Morehouse General Hospital; Opelousas General Health System; Ochsner Medical Center-Northshore; Touro Infirmary; Tulane-Lakeside Hospital; Woman’s Hospital; Women and Children’s Hospital (Lafayette); Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital; Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women; North Oaks Medical Center; and St. Francis Medical Center.


The Baton Rouge chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has chosen the Baton Rouge High School Foundation as the Outstanding Philanthropic Organization of the Year for 2014.

The fundraising professionals organization noted that the foundation launched a “Raise Our Standards High Campaign” to raise funds for technology, equipment, science, arts and athletic needs after renovation and new construction of the Baton Rouge High campus was completed. The foundation has raised over $500,000 toward a goal of $1.2 million, and has contributed over $285,600 to the school for program needs and Advanced Placement curriculum support.

The board of directors of the BREC Foundation presented the 2014 LEAF (Leadership, Excellence, Activism and Fellowship) Award to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

Through its “Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana” initiative, a grant of $1 million was awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for a trail along Wards Creek and a mobile recreation unit.