Fuqua elected president of the personnel
SULFUR – Kelly fuqua, MD, family physician, was recently elected President of the Medical Staff at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital.
As President, Fuqua will work with medical staff and team members to ensure the quality and efficiency of clinical services and performance within the hospital.
During her tenure, Fuqua will be chair of the Executive Medical Committee and General Organized Medical Staff, and attend meetings of the WCCH Council of Commissioners.
Fuqua practices alongside her husband, Jason fuqua, MD, family physician, with Calcasieu Family Physicians, located at 901 First Ave. to Sulfur.
She graduated from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed her family medicine residency in the family medicine residency program at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie.
Fuqua is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the Louisiana State Medical Society.
Sommers appointed to the Council of State
RED STICK – William A. “Bill” Sommers Sr. of Lake Charles was appointed to the Governor’s Justice Reinvestment Implementation Oversight Board.
The council is studying the state’s criminal justice system to recommend policy changes aimed at improving Louisiana’s public safety by reducing the prison population. He reports to the Legislature on cost-effective, evidence-based sentencing and corrections reforms that promote offender accountability and protect public safety.
Sommers is Deputy Secretary of the Office of Juvenile Justice. It will be used in general.
Rush appointed to rehabilitation board
RED STICK – Marvin R. Rush DeRidder was reappointed to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Board.
The Louisiana Rehabilitation Council listens to the concerns of people with disabilities, reviews, analyzes and evaluates the state’s rehabilitation program, works with other agencies, organizations and consumer groups in the state.
Rush is a former educator. He will be a former beneficiary of vocational rehabilitation services.
Brossett to serve on state board of directors
RED STICK – David K. Brossett of Lake Charles was named to the State Board of Architectural Examiners.
The board is responsible for licensing and regulating the practice of architecture in the state of Louisiana.
Brossett is the principal architect of Brossett Architects LLC. He will represent District 4.
Higginbotham joins JD Bank
JENNINGS – JD Bank is pleased to announce the addition of André Higginbotham to its commercial loans team. Higginbotham will assume the role of Vice President Commercial Lender in Lafayette Market.
A native of Lake Charles, Higginbotham began his banking career in 2003 as head of retail banking while attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During his 19-year career, he served as a small business banker, investment banker and commercial lender. He works with owners of large and small businesses to help them better understand new and existing cash flow, loan opportunities and banking services that will help streamline their businesses, enabling them to increase their growth and profitability.
Active in the community, Higginbotham is a member and former member of the board of directors of the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette and previously served on the board of directors of Downtown Lafayette Unlimited, the Lafayette Education Foundation and the Youngsville Economic Development Committee.
Hospital obtains certification
Christus Ochsner St. Patrick’s Hospital has earned the Joint Commission Seal of Approval and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check Mark by achieving Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification.
Certified PSCs collect monthly data which is submitted quarterly to the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission Seal of Approval is awarded to organizations that successfully undergo an on-site investigation by a Joint Commission investigation team at least every three years.
The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe, quality patient care. The American Stroke Association Heart-Check indicates an organization’s commitment to the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.
Christus Ochsner St. Patrick’s Hospital recently underwent a rigorous and unannounced on-site review by the Joint Commission. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers assessed compliance with the processes and procedures of the Primary Stroke Center program currently in place, including program management, self-management support, delivery and facilitating clinical care and improving patient outcomes. The Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with experts and healthcare providers, measurement experts and patients. The examiners also conducted on-site observations and interviews.
Sugathan participates in Imperial Health
Imperial Health announced the addition of Prasanna Sugathan, MD, FACC, cardiologist, to the group’s medical staff.
After undergraduate studies at the University of Southern Mississippi as well as the University of Southern Alabama, Sugathan received his MD from the University of Tennessee. She completed a residency in internal medicine as well as a cardiovascular disease fellowship at the University of Tennessee-Memphis, followed by an intensive care medicine fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago.
Sugathan brings over 30 years of experience in his field to Imperial Health. Most notably, she served as the Medical Director of the Heart Failure Management Program at St. Luke’s Health Network in Bethlehem, Penn .; Director of Echocardiography, Director of the Progressive Care Unit and Co-Director of the Heart Failure Management Program at Cooper University Hospital in New Jersey; and assistant professor of internal medicine and cardiology at Rush Medical College in Chicago.
For the past 10 years, she has worked in general cardiology, non-invasive cardiology, and cardiac imaging with groups and hospitals in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Tennessee.
Sugathan has been certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Critical Care Medicine, Echocardiography, and Nuclear Cardiology, and currently maintains his certification in Cardiology.
Sugathan is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.
An active researcher, Sugathan is particularly interested in heart disease in women; diabetes and heart disease; primary and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease / cardiomyopathy; management of acute and chronic heart failure; and whole food lifestyle in disease prevention.
His practice is located on the third floor of the Imperial Health main campus at 501 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive.
The bank announces promotions
Lakeside Bank announced the following promotions within its management team:
Renee lassiter was promoted to first vice president. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Accounting Technology from Sowela and has 18 years of experience in the banking industry. Lassiter has worked in both banking and accounting since joining Lakeside Bank in 2012, most recently as Vice President Controller.
Michael hardy was promoted to first vice president. He received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Commerce from McNeese State University and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University. He is an inactive CPA and has completed the Certificate Programs in Local Area Networking and Web Commerce at DePaul University. Hardy joined Lakeside in 2016 and has 35 years of experience in banking, finance, accounting, information systems and property management.
Cheryl bertrand was promoted to vice president. She has over 35 years of experience in the banking industry. Bertrand attended the Louisiana Banking School of Supervisory Training and completed several training courses with the American Institute of Banking. She is also a graduate of the SWLA Chamber Leadership Program. Bertrand joined Lakeside in 2017.
Lisa pinder was promoted to vice president of compliance. She has been the Compliance and OFAC Manager for Lakeside since June 2020. Pinder has over 40 years of banking experience, with extensive experience in consumer, business and agricultural lending, as well as corporate finance. credit underwriting and compliance.
Director of finance is retiring
After more than four decades serving the Town of Lake Charles, longtime Chief Financial Officer Karen harrell Resigned.
Serving eight city governments, Harrell was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2007. Over her many years of service, she led the city’s financial vessel through economic downturns, economic booms and a number of number of natural disasters, including hurricanes, ice storms and historical rain events.
“Sometimes a CFO can be an unsung hero,” said Mayor Nic Hunter. “The job can be thankless. I am very confident to say that the Town of Lake Charles is better today because of the service and dedication of Karen Harrell and we owe her a debt of gratitude.
City Administrator John Cardone added, “Ms. Harrell’s dedication to the City of Lake Charles will be sorely missed. Throughout her decades of service, Karen has been committed to ensuring that the Town of Lake Charles operates with sound and ethical financial practices. Her dedication to being an excellent steward of the public purse has helped ensure that municipal services continue at the level our citizens deserve, even under unforeseen circumstances, such as a global pandemic and multiple natural disasters. It was a pleasure to work with such a dedicated and professional person. We have been very fortunate to have Ms. Harrell on our team and we wish her the best for her retirement.
Lake Charles City Council Chairman Rodney Geyen said, “Ms. Harrell has served the Town of Lake Charles honorably. City Council is responsible for adopting the Town of Lake Charles’ annual operating and capital budget in addition to approving a number of expenses at each of our regular public meetings. Ms. Harrell’s expertise, transparency and professionalism are elements that have given us the confidence to place votes that will best serve our voters. His work is greatly appreciated by the city council. She will be sadly missed, but we wish her much health and happiness in her retirement. “
On December 15, 2021, Lake Charles City Council unanimously passed a resolution appointing Emily mcdaniel as CFO following Harrell’s retirement.