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The Voice of Southwest Louisiana March 2018 Issue

The Voice of Southwest Louisiana News Magazine March 2018

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My Senior Moment 2.0 By Joyce R. Kebodeaux CHRISTUS Healthy Seniors In keeping with all the benefits available in Southwest Louisiana for Seniors I am reporting a first. This area is known for the many ways that seniors can join together to stay healthy and active. CHRISTUS Healthy Seniors was launched on February 14, 2018 at the Lake Charles Country Club with a celebration, a delicious lunch, door prizes and much information about the CHRISTUS Healthy Seniors new endeavor. It was exciting to see so many people from the community ready to jump on board to take care of themselves. The program is offered in partnership with CHRISTUS Lake Area Hospital and CHRISTUS St. Patrick Health System. Many of the CHRISTUS Healthy Seniors activities take place in the large Senior Activity Center located on the back campus of CHRISTUS Lake Area Hospital. Just as both hospitals work together to take care of the sick, they also work together in educating the public on ways to stay healthy. Director of Marketing and Communications for CHRISTUS Lake Area – Lisa Guerrero and Director of Marketing and Communications for CHRISTUS St. Patrick Health System - Heather Hidalgo welcomed the attendances numbering over 200. CHRISTUS Lake Area Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Nursing Officer, Robbin Odom spoke to the group about the history of the senior program at Lake Area and shared future plans for the program. Joice Jackson and Jo Cahee, charter members of the senior organization formerly known as Senior Circle, gave touching and informative details of what the senior program has meant to each of them over the past eight years; citing being together with their peers as a highlight. President and CEO of CHRISTUS St. Patrick Health System, Donald Lloyd gave the history of CHRISTUS Health. Mr. Lloyd showed some photos of the nuns arriving here on horseback and in wagons to start CHRISUTS St. Patrick Hospital almost 110 years ago. He spoke of the changes and additions that occurred since “St. Pats” first began... CHRISTUS Health mission as from the beginning has always been: To Extend the Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ. At the end of the program Cyndee Journey with CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club gave a demonstration to show exercise tips to prevent and/or relieve injuries. Cyndee will be leading the CHRISTUS Healthy Seniors exercise class that meets twice weekly at the Senior Activity Center. The celebratory event ended with questions and answers and more door prizes, accompanied by happy chatter of seniors excited about things to come. After the meeting I asked Lisa Guerrero for more details about the program. She explained, “The focus of the CHRISTUS Healthy Senior program really is quite simple; to try and keep this population as health savvy as possible. We try and empower our members with the tools, knowledge and the roadmap, if you will, to stay as healthy and active as possible. We do this in a variety of ways including; ensuring easy access to specialists, providing complimentary wellness screenings, and cutting edge health care service delivery at two great hospitals. Members receive a quarterly calendar of events which highlight upcoming wellness screenings, physician programs, weekly exercise and fitness classes, social activities and opportunities to fellowship with other seniors. Membership is free and many will utilize the Senior Activity Center located on the campus of CHRISTUS Lake Area Hospital. Heather Hidalgo, Director of Marketing and Communications for CHRISTUS St. Patrick Health System also shared, “Nurse Navigation is an important component of the CHRISTUS Healthy Senior program. Assisting seniors with physician specialist appointments and helping to get scheduled with the physician they prefer, helps to ensure that they don’t get lost in the health care system.” To pick up a member application and a calendar of events, seniors are encouraged to stop by the CHRISTUS Senior Activity Center between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday – Friday. For more information on health care services and providers available at either CHRISTUS facility, please visit www.ChristusHealth.org/LakeArea or www.ChristusHealth.org/St-Patrick. 14 March 2018 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM Volume 5 • Number 8

SWLA nonprofit Today, Pierre, Max and Joe young, black men that athl and success. and created a bond so strong that it would carry them through college, medical school, and well beyond. Now they’ve come together in Pulse to share their stories and encourage young people of color to pursue high-level careers. Today, Pierre, Max and Joe want to share their story of friendship and perseverance to show young, black men that athletes and entertainers are not the only examples of black achievement and success. www.ThePulseofP3.com "PRODUCTS "PRODUCTS OF OF OUR OUR REQUIREMENT" REQUIREMENT" Mission: Mission: "To empower "To empower and and inspire inspire young young black black men men to to work work towards their their goals goals by by giving giving them them a blueprint a blueprint and and resources resources for for success, success, and and in in doing doing so, so, redefine the portrayal of of the the black black male." male." Our Our Story: In 1998, In 1998, Max Max Madhere, Pierre Pierre Johnson, and Joe Semien were three young, black, premedical students students at Xavier at Xavier University of of Louisiana. Each was struggling with the the demands of of college, college, yet yet each each was was determined determined to succeed, to succeed, even even if if the the statistics—or the stereotypes about about black black men—said men—said otherwise. otherwise. By drawing on each other’s determination and individual strengths, they forged a brotherhood By drawing on each other’s determination and individual strengths, they forged a brotherhood and created a bond so strong that it would carry them through college, medical school, and well and created a bond so strong that it would carry them through college, medical school, and well beyond. Now they’ve come together in Pulse to share their stories and encourage young people of beyond. color Now to pursue they’ve high-level come together careers. in Pulse to share their stories and encourage young people of color to pursue high-level careers. Today, Pierre, Max and Joe want to share their story of friendship and perseverance to show Today, young, Pierre, black Max men and that Joe athletes want and to share entertainers their story are not of friendship the only examples and perseverance of black achievement to show young, and black success. men that athletes and entertainers are not the only examples of black achievement and success. Blessed Up One Vision. One Mission. According to His Purpose www.ThePulseofP3.com www.ThePulseofP3.com Dr. Maxime Madhere, originally from Brooklyn N.Y. and raised in Washington DC, is a board-certified cardiac anesthesiologist. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in biology pre-med from Xavier University in 2002, he went on to receive his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in 2008. He completed both his residency and fellowship training at Henry Ford Hospital, a level-one trauma center located in Detroit. Dr. Madhere has been in private practice since 2013, and currently practices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he resides with his wife and three children. He is an active member of 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, where he was recently honored as the 2017 “Member of the Year”. He is also a member of the Urban Congress on African American Males, an advocacy group that seeks to improve the lives of young black men. Dr. Pierre Johnson, a native of Chicago, is a board-certified ob-gyn. He specializes in minimally invasive robotic surgery and pelvic floor repair. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in biology pre-med from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2002, he went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Illinois in 2008. He completed residency training in 2013 from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Johnson has been in private practice since 2013, and currently practices in the Chicagoland area. He was featured in The New York Times Magazine article, “A Prescription for More Black Doctors,” in 2015. In 2016, Dr. Johnson received the Xavier University “40 under 40” award and in 2017 he received the Alpha Kappa Alpha Monarch “Man of the Year” award. Dr. Johnson lives in Chicago, Ill., and is the proud father of twins. Dr. Joseph W. Semien Jr., a native of New Orleans and former member of the U.S. Army, is a board-certified ob-gyn. After receiving his bachelor's degree in biology pre-med from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2001, he went on to receive his master's degree in tropical medicine at Tulane University School Of Public Health. Dr. Semien went on to receive his medical degree at St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in 2008 and completed his residency at Central Michigan University College of Medicine. Dr. Semien is currently practicing in Lake Charles, La., where he resides with his wife and two sons. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery and pelvic floor repair. He is an active mentor that strives to positively impact youth in his community. Volume 5 • Number 8 WWW.THEVOICEOFSOUTHWESTLA.COM March 2018 15

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