Office of the Secretary

February 20, 2008
Baton Rouge – DHH Secretary Alan Levine announced today the appointment of M. Rony Francois, M.D. as Assistant Secretary for the Department of Health and Hospitals – Office of Public Health. Francois previously has served as the Secretary of Health for the State of Florida, one of the largest public health agencies in the United States.
December 10, 2007
With a click of a mouse and several quick keystrokes, doctors in Louisiana’s rural hospitals will soon have instant access to a patient’s medical information if it is stored electronically.
December 10, 2007
Baton Rouge – With a click of a mouse and several quick keystrokes, doctors in Louisiana’s rural hospitals will soon have instant access to a patient’s medical information if it is stored electronically.
November 05, 2007
Baton Rouge – The overall health of Louisiana improved over the last year, inching Louisiana up one spot in America’s Health Rankings 2007 from 50 to 49. In fact, the United Health Foundation identifies Louisiana as successfully making strides in one area of health care where the rest of the nation is lagging behind.
October 31, 2007
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health will host its fourth annual meeting and education event. The meeting will focus on the components of the patient-centered medical home system, a comprehensive and quality-driven model for primary health care delivery.
October 16, 2007
Efforts to address the critical nursing shortage in the New Orleans area are paying dividends as more than 400 nurses have committed to continuing their practice in the city, and an additional 200 nurses have applied for funds to move to the region.
October 09, 2007
The rural parish of Pointe Coupee will soon have a more advanced electronic network of medical information than most other areas of the state. That’s because funds awarded this week through the federal Department of Health and Human Services are being used to establish a health information technology network in the Pointe Coupee Parish area. The goals of this effort are to improve coordination of care, increase quality of care and provide cost savings to the system.
October 08, 2007
The Department of Health and Hospitals won three awards from the National Public Health Information Coalition during the organization’s annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland last month.
October 02, 2007
For the past four years, the Blanco administration and the Department of Health and Hospitals have worked to increase the reimbursements made to all hospitals throughout Louisiana, including Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge.