Office of the Secretary

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.
October 01, 2007
Louisiana residents living in rural and medically underserved areas of the state will soon have greater access to primary care services due to 14 grant awards that will provide for community health care expansion projects.
September 27, 2007
West Nile virus infections have been identified in 23 people in Louisiana according to the most recent report issued by the Department of Health and Hospitals.
September 26, 2007
Access to quality health care takes a large step forward in New Orleans with the awarding of $16,721,920 in health care grants. The funds are designed to assist in the stabilization, restoration and expansion of 25 health care service provider organizations in the New Orleans area.