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LSUHSC-S is smoke free
July 1, 2010
LSUHSC-S Goes Smoke Free

In order to promote our health and wellness goals, the buildings and grounds of LSUHSC-S, E.A. Conway Medical Center and Huey P. Long Medical Center became smoke free on July 1, 2010. Chancellor Robert A. Barish explained the new policy, saying “The risks associated with smoking have been established for years. With what we know about the effects of second-hand smoke, it’s time for this campus to follow the lead of peer institutions across the nation.” This policy will address faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors. Smoking cessation classes and other resources will be offered to help employees adapt to a smoke-free workplace. It is of interest that the School of Medicine in Shreveport instituted a smoke free policy more than twenty years ago on January 1, 1990.
Dr. Jonathan Glass retires
  December 1, 2010
Dr. Jonathan Glass, Feist-Weiller Founding Director, Retires

Dr. Jonathan Glass, founding director of the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, retired after four decades of medical service including leading the FWCC for 16 years. Dr. Glass, a former Harvard Medical School professor, stressed a translational approach to cancer and quadrupled the participation rate of patients in clinical trials. He and his wife, Jane Crandell, brought arts in medicine exhibits to local museums as well as to FWCC.
Sickle Cell Day Hospital
  January 28, 2011
Sickle Cell Day Hospital Opens

The Feist-Weiller Cancer Center opened a three-bed sickle cell day hospital to provide pain management for sickle cell patients. This allowed the patients to avoid hours waiting in the emergency room when they were experiencing a health crisis and to receive medications within an hour of admission. LSUHSC-S was one of only eight centers in the U. S. to offer this service at the time.
Crime Lab funded
  July 15, 2011
House Bill 2 to Fund Crime Lab

Governor Bobby Jindal signed House Bill 2 which provided the remaining $9 million funding for the North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory. LSUHSC-S donated the land for the center at Tulane and Linwood Avenues. LSUHSC-S will play a role in the pathology part of the building, performing autopsies and attracting medical students interested in forensic pathology. The building will replace a 40-year-old structure and double its space. Services will no longer have to be sent out of town or out of state to meet the laboratory needs of 29 parishes.
Dr. John C. McDonald dies
  December 31, 2011
Dr. John C. McDonald, Former LSUHSC-S Chancellor Dies

Dr. John C. McDonald, the first LSUHSC-S Chancellor, died at home on December 31, 2011. He was Chancellor Emeritus of LSUHSC-S and Dean Emeritus of the School of Medicine. Dr. McDonald, a surgeon, was at the medical school for 32 years and was a pioneer in the field of transplant medicine. He established the Regional Burn Center and the Level 1 Trauma Center while serving as head of the Department of Surgery. A memorial service was held in the first floor auditorium of the medical school on January 5, 2011 followed by a reception in the Library.
Mini Med School
  April 10, 2012
Mini Med School Attracts Community Members

The first Mini Med School Class introduced area community members to laboratories and lectures during four two-hour evenings. The program allows attendees to get a close-up look at what goes on in the medical school and to have hands-on lab experiences. Participants learn valuable health information in a fun, educational environment. They wear short, white coats to class and receive a certificate of achievement signed by Dr. Barish, Chancellor, at the course’s completion. The program has been very successful and continues annually.
Feist-Weiller Cancer Center’s Partners in Wellness van
  August 10, 2013
3D Mammograms Go Mobile

The Feist-Weiller Cancer Center’s Partners in Wellness van acquired a new 3D mammography machine and computers that can send images immediately to a radiologist for reading. The van visits uninsured and underinsured residents in rural Louisiana as well as in area clinics. Women receive a physical, pap smear and mammogram in one visit.
Cochlear implant enables child to hear
  August 16, 2013
Cochlear Implant Lets Toddler Hear

Dr. Maura Cosetti performed the first cochlear implant on a deaf child at LSU Health Shreveport enabling the toddler to hear for the first time. In the past, children had to go to New Orleans or out of state for implants. Dr. Cosetti continues to provide implant surgery for adults.
Surgical Skills Lab
  September 14, 2013
Lab Lets Doctors Practice Techniques

LSU Health Shreveport introduced a new surgical skills lab where medical students and doctors in training can practice honing skills before moving to live patients. The lab will also serve doctors who want to learn about new techniques and new surgical equipment. The lab is connected to the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans so that programs can be shared. The Shreveport campus can also stream programs live to training partnership sites around the world.
Hospital change of command
  October 1, 2013
Hospital Changes Command

Management of the hospital was transferred from LSU to the Biomedical Research Foundation in a change of command ceremony the evening of September 30, 2013, prior to the official changeover time of midnight. The next day, a public ceremony was held in the Biomedical Research Institute atrium. The new name of the hospital was announced as University Health.
Dr. Andrew Chesson retires
  February 22, 2014
Dean Andrew Chesson Retires

Dr. Andrew Chesson, LSU School of Medicine dean, announced his retirement effective March 15, 2014. He joined the faculty over 35 years ago and led the development of the Sleep Disorders Center, the first in Louisiana. He also helped write the original diagnosis and treatment guidelines for sleep disorders.
Mollie E. Webb Speech and Hearing Center turns 40
  June 26, 2014
Mollie E. Webb Speech and Hearing Center Turns 40

Shreveport mother, Mollie Webb, established the center after her daughter, Charlotte, suffered a profound hearing loss, and there were no services in Shreveport to help her. Forty years later, speech therapists continue to work with a majority of children, but now see many adults who have suffered strokes become patients. Mollie Webb is affiliated with the School of Allied Health where many students pursue a master’s degree in communication disorders while serving patients.
School of Medicine re-accredited for eight years
  July 3, 2014
LSU Medical School Re-accredited

LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine received a full eight-year accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) whose members made a site visit. This followed 18 months of internal review of policies and procedures by the medical school to prepare for the committee’s scrutiny.
Genetic sequencing machine
  July 7, 2014
Personalized Oncology at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center

Dr. Glenn Mills, Feist-Weiller Cancer Center Director, says that personalized oncology is the mantra nowadays. A new $250,000 genetic sequencing machine analyzes tumor genes in about eight hours to show which ones turn tumor growth on and off. Doctors at FWCC are using genome sequencing to pinpoint the most effective treatments for some tumors. Specific drugs can then be chosen to target specific genes in a cancer patient.
LSUHSC-S schools re-accredited by SACS for 10 years
  December 10, 2014
LSUHSC-S Schools Accredited Until 2024

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges has accredited the Schools of Medicine, Allied Health, and Graduate Studies for another ten years. The rigorous SACS accreditation affirms that the schools’ programs are valuable for the 869 students enrolled. Moreover, without accreditation, the schools could not offer financial aid through the U. S. Department of Education.
AMSRJ team
  January 14, 2015
Students Publish Research Journal

LSU Health medical students released the second edition of the American Medical Student Research Journal (AMSRJ), an international student-driven academic journal. Medical students from all over the world have contributed articles to this 192-page journal. Writing for their own journal promotes an interest in research and gives them practice in critical thinking skills. The free electronic journal can be accessed at www.amsrj.org .
“Healthy” comic book
  April 29, 2015
Comic Book Addresses Healthy Lifestyles

Medical librarian Talicia Tarver authored a new comic book, The Amazing Captain Fit. Illustrated by LSUS graphic design student Nick Fechter, the book follows the adventures of a would-be superhero who must first develop healthy eating and exercise habits to achieve his goal. Four through eight year olds are the book’s target audience. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, funded the publication as a health information literacy project.
$25,000 Startup prize
  September 14, 2015
Louisiana Startup Prize Announces Winners

Innolyzer Labs received $25,000 to launch a “lab-on-a-chip,” a product for hydrogen sulfide detections. The Labs team includes Dr. Chris Kevil of LSU Health, John Chidlow and Kevin Pavlick. The device is the size of a cigarette and is designed as a medical or general analytical instrument.