Blog Posts in December, 2011

  • Keep your body's engine well-tuned

    The spine can be compared to the engine of your car. You don’t think about the engine of a car until something malfunctions. A malfunctioning engine can severely limit your ability to get around. Additionally the malfunctioning engine can cause pain in your pocketbook. Just like your car’s engine your spine needs regular maintenance to run smoothly and if you don’t provide it on ...

  • Bull Riding for Breast Cancer Comes to Thibodaux

    Thibodaux Regional Medical Center presents “8 Seconds to Glory” Championship Bull Riding (CBR) on November 18th and 19th at 8 pm in the Harang Auditorium in Thibodaux. The event is part of the CBR Horizon Series featuring four-time world champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman. All proceeds benefit the Bayou Region Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Tickets are available by phone at ...

  • Doctors recommend annual mammograms despite false positives

    According to a new study by the Annals of Internal Medicine, more than half of women who get an annual mammogram screening will get false positive results once every 10 years. The study also found that as many as 9 percent of those women who receive false positives will have an unnecessary biopsy. It’s a trend that has some questioning the mammograms, but for many doctors, the trend of false ...

  • Powerful Technology for Superior Outcomes

    The innovative technology available at the Cancer Center of Thibodaux Regional is a pivotal component of the hospital’s ability to provide the best cancer care to patients. It is also a reflection of the hospital’s commitment to provide cancer patients with the most advanced technology and treatment available. Thibodaux Regional never settles for less than the best technological ...

  • Thibodaux Regional Medical Center's Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program Earns Certification by Industry Leader

    Thibodaux, LA, October 13, 2011 – Thibodaux Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the certification of its Cardiovascular Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Thibodaux Regional Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of ...

  • Pediatric cardiologist joins medical staff

    Thibodaux, LA, October 13, 2011 – Thibodaux Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Aluizio Stopa, MD, Pediatric Cardiologist, to the medical staff. Dr. Stopa will see patients, age birth to 18 years, in his office located in the Medical Office Building at 604 North Acadia Road, Suite 409. Appointments can be made by calling (985) 449-4670. Dr. Stopa received his ...

  • Thibodaux Regional Medical Center Stars in Their Own Pink Glove Dance Video to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

    THIBODAUX, LA – October 4, 2011 -- The Pink Glove Dance is spreading to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center. More than 150 staff members at Thibodaux Regional are starring in their own Pink Glove Dance video to help spread the word about breast cancer awareness and prevention. The video was submitted to a national competition to determine the best Pink Glove Dance video. The competition is ...

  • Neurosurgery more than just the brain: Best for back and neck pain

    Thibodaux Regional Medical Center provides patients benefits from state-of-the-art care and has the only full-service neurosurgery program in the region. Most people believe that neurosurgeons only perform brain surgery, but the majority of procedures performed by neurosurgeons are to treat neck and back pain. They spend about 80 percent of their time treating spine disorders. The spine is more ...

  • No Place like Home for Efficient, Coordinated Care

    Life changed when Thibodaux resident Sherry Fontenot visited Dr. Greg Chiasson, internal medicine physician at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, in 2006. She went in for chest pain, and thought it may have been heart related since she was not coughing or having any other symptoms. Her physician referred her to a cardiologist and ordered a chest x-ray for further review. After getting back her ...

  • Technology and Compassion Key to Morgan City Man's Treatment

    When Morgan City resident Warren Landry learned from his urologist in Lafayette that he had prostate cancer he began extensive research on finding the right treatment. “I wanted to be prepared to make a decision when I met with my oncologist,” said Landry. “We narrowed it down to brachytherapy or external beam radiation therapy. I elected the external beam radiation.” The ...

  • CANCER IN WOMEN: Take Care of Yourselves

    Many women spend much of their time taking care of the needs of their families. In many cases women put themselves last when they pursue healthcare, thinking they are healthy and spending the often finite financial resources on care for their children, parents and spouse. Symptoms are just brushed aside, suffered through, and put up with, month after month and sometimes year after year until it is ...

  • Colon Cancer Down Across U.S., Still More Work for Louisiana

    The latest report on colon cancer is a sign of good news, but more still needs to be done to increase screening rates in southern states, such as Louisiana. Colorectal cancer currently ranks third among cancers as a killer of American men and women, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). The rate of adults in the United States developing and dying from colorectal cancer has decreased, ...

  • Steven Alevizon, MD, joins Thibodaux Regional active medical staff

    Thibodaux, Louisiana- July 21, 2011 - Thibodaux Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Steven Alevizon, MD, gynecologist, to the active medical staff. Dr. Alevizon earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, and completed his Internship and Residency at Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans. He is Board Certified by the American ...

  • Thibodaux Regional welcomes Dr. Kerry Shaver, new Internal Medicine doctor to staff

    Thibodaux, Louisiana- July 20, 2011 - Thibodaux Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Internal Medicine physician Kerry Shaver, MD, to its medical staff. Dr. Shaver received his medical degree from Saba University School of Medicine in Saba, Netherlands-Antilles. He completed his Internship at LSU - Baton Rouge, and his Residency at Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center in ...

  • Thiboduax Regional welcomes Ryan Matherne, MD

    Thibodaux, Louisiana- July 21, 2011 - Thibodaux Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Ryan J. Matherne, MD, dermatologist, to the active medical staff. He has joined the practice of Dr. John J. Jones. A native of Raceland, Dr. Matherne received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Nicholls State University. He earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University ...

  • Progress in the Drug Therapy of Cancer

    Treatment of cancer beyond the local modalities of surgery and radiation therapy is referred to as systemic therapy. This is the form of therapy most important in reducing mortality since it is the growth and spread of cancer away from its origin that is most likely to cause death. Systemic therapy includes hormonal, biologic, targeted and chemotherapeutic agents. I would like to discuss the ...

  • Thibodaux Regional adds Dr. Nicole Prosperie to staff

    Thibodaux, Louisiana- June 30, 2011 - Thibodaux Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Nicole Prosperie, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist, to the active medical staff. She will be joining the practice of Thibodaux Women’s Center. A native of Houma, Dr. Prosperie received her medical degree from St. Matthew’s University in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. She performed ...

  • Thibodaux Regional Medical Center Honored With Another National Award in Patient Satisfaction

    Thibodaux Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that Press Ganey Associates has awarded the hospital a Summit Award for both Inpatient and Outpatient services. The Summit Award recognizes top performing hospitals that sustain the highest level of patient satisfaction for three or more consecutive years. The Press Ganey Summit Award is the health care satisfaction industry’s most ...

  • Interdisciplinary Approach Leads to New Outlook in Life for One

    Thibodaux, LA, June 13, 2011 –Cassandra Richard of Morgan City visited her family physician for a sinus infection in June 2008. During the evaluation Richard mentioned to her physician that she had been experiencing sensations like pins and needles in her left foot for about two months, and they kept getting more frequent and lasting longer. Richard was advised to see a neurologist. She had ...

  • A Compassionate Soul's Commitment to Patients

    The diagnosis of cancer brings a great burden to the lives of patients and their families. Patients must endure a battery of tests, procedures and a sense of unknowing. The Cancer Center of Thibodaux Regional not only offers the highest level of care and technology in the bayou region, but physicians and staff work to provide the most positive experience possible for patients. While the Cancer ...

  • Early Breast Cancer Screenings Still Best for Most Women

    More women may be putting off much needed breast exams than in past years. Although mammograms can spot breast tumors, many women are confused of when to begin breast exams, stemming from unclear guidelines. Recent research shows the number of women in their 40s having mammograms has dropped since 2009, when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that women receive mammograms ...

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