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TGMC Expands Cardiac Catherization and Electrophysiology Services

Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) is expanding their cardiology services with a new Catheterization Lab (Cath Lab) and an expanded Electrophysiology Room (EP) to accommodate growing patient volumes.

With the additional Cath Lab, TGMC will offer a total of four state-of-the-art rooms. Each lab is equipped with the latest technology, including the Alphenix Dual Plane for unmatched flexibility and patient safety by Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc.

The innovative technology will provide physicians and medical personnel with superior imaging allowing clinicians to see fine details during complex interventional procedures such as stent positioning, wire and catheter navigation through the stent struts, and observation of stent deployment. As patient safety is always a top priority, the new technology will offer a full suite of dose optimizing tools to help minimize radiation exposure to patients and technicians.

A separate EP Room will be built to accommodate the growing patient volume and will be equipped with the world’s first high definition detector, the Alphenix Core + and Alphenix Hi-Def Detector from Canon Medical Systems USA. With this addition, which is expected to be completed in October 2020, TGMC will be the only facility in the region to offer a dedicated EP Lab. Electrophysiology is the study of the heart’s electrical system which is used to diagnose irregular heartbeats or arrhythmia. These procedures, done in partnership with Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS), such as cardiac ablations, treat heart rhythm disorders without the need for medication. These procedures are less invasive and performed in an outpatient setting, leading to quicker recoveries and better outcomes for patients. TGMC is the only facility in the region to offer advanced cardiac electrophysiology to treat an irregular heartbeat.

The EP expansion will also allow for TGMC and CIS’ Structural Heart Program to continue to expand to meet the growing needs of the community. The Structural Heart Program provides minimally invasive procedures to treat life-threatening valve disorders and structural heart defects. Through collaboration between CIS’ interventional cardiologists and TGMC’s cardiovascular surgeons, the team provides leading-edge cardiology solutions to deliver patients with the best possible outcomes. Conditions treated include Mitral Valve Stenosis, Congestive Heart Failure, and Aortic Stenosis. Treatment options include Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), Balloon Valvuloplasty, and Percutaneous Mitral Valve Clip Placement.

“As demand for cardiac services increases, TGMC continues to be committed to providing state-of-the-art amenities to our physicians and the patients we serve,” said Phyllis Peoples, TGMC President, and CEO. “With the additional space and innovative technology, our patients can rest assured that they do not need to travel far for excellent cardiac care.”

In 2019, TGMC provided over 3,250 cardiac procedures. TGMC also is ranked #1 in the market and top 10% in the nation, region, and state for cardiac care by CareChex by Quantros, an honor achieved through the efforts by TGMC and CIS. To learn more about cardiology services, visit

One of TGMC’s four state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization suites in the newly renovated cardiology expansion equipped with the latest technology, including the Alphenix Dual Plane for unmatched flexibility and patient safety by Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc.

Danos Foundation Grant Deadline Approaching

The Danos Foundation is calling for non-profit organizations to apply for funding through GIVES, the grant-giving portion of the non-profit organization started by Danos in 2017. The program awards funding to organizations that benefit education, healthcare, environment, or welfare initiatives in the areas where Danos lives or conducts business. The deadline to apply is August 31.
“Through Danos GIVES and the Danos Foundation, our organization is making a big impact,” said Danos owner Mark Danos. “Supporting selected non-profits through our grant program allows Danos to solve big challenges in our communities.”
Since the Foundation was established in 2017, more than $150,000 has been distributed to organizations throughout Louisiana, Texas, and Pennsylvania. The Foundation is funded through charitable gifts from Danos employees and supplemented with funds from the company.
For 2020, special consideration is given to organizations that help resolve community welfare challenges. Interested applicants should visit to check eligibility and submit an online application by 11:59 p.m. on August 31. Recipients will be announced in January 2021.



Nicholls Biology Professor Receives Board of Regents Grant to Study Diamondback Terrapins

THIBODAUX, La. — A Nicholls State University biology professor received nearly $150,000 to study diamondback terrapins and their influence on the Louisiana coast.
The Louisiana Board of Regents awarded Dr. Timothy Clay (MS ‘09), assistant professor of biological sciences, $149,681. The grant is part of the regents’ Research Competitiveness Subprogram.
Diamondback terrapins get their name from the diamond pattern on the top of their shell. They are the only turtles in the U.S. that live their entire lives in brackish water — a mix of freshwater and saltwater. Though they have habitats from Texas to Massachusetts, much of their history in Louisiana is unknown.
The 3-year grant will allow Dr. Clay and his students to conduct a long-term mark-and-recapture study. This method of marking, releasing and later counting the marks will allow for a population estimate. They will use that information to establish data such as population, sex ratio and annual survival rates.
Also, Dr. Clay’s research will look at the impact of the blue crab fishery on the diamondback terrapin. Commercial blue crab fishing is considered a top threat to the survival of the turtle. The research will estimate how often the turtles are caught and potentially killed in crab traps.
They also hope to learn if the turtles are using newly restored coastal areas, such as Queen Bess Island. The research will examine whether turtles are foraging, breeding or nesting in these coastal places.
“This research will involve students at different stages in their academic tenure, providing valuable research and mentoring experiences outside of the classroom for both undergraduates and graduates,” Dr. Clay said. “The proposed research is important because understanding single species in an ecosystem allows us to better understand the entire ecosystem. Here, we are looking at the salt marshes of coastal Louisiana, an area whose natural resources are intertwined with people in a socially and economically complex relationship.”


Loyola University and Fletcher Technical Community College Add New Credit Transfer Agreement for Nursing

(Schriever, LA) – In a virtual signing ceremony today, Loyola University and Fletcher Technical Community College (Fletcher) signed articulation agreements between their nursing programs making it easier for students to transfer credits from Fletcher to Loyola University.

Fletcher students will now be able to complete the Associate of Science in Nursing and transfer credit hours earned in the various concentrations within that degree and apply them toward completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Loyola University.

The agreement was announced and signed today by Loyola President Tania Tetlow and Fletcher Technical Community College Chancellor, Dr. Kristine Strickland.

“At a moment when nursing has never mattered more,  Fletcher and Loyola together will create wider pipelines for nurses seeking to advance their healthcare careers and continue Loyola’s 100-year legacy of providing increased access to higher education within our community,” said Loyola President Tania Tetlow. “Fletcher graduates now have an opportunity to continue advancing their education at a Top 200 national university known for its inclusivity and Jesuit values. At Loyola, learning is founded on the principle of education of the whole person – mind, body and soul. Nurses of tomorrow will receive a values-laden education and training and further their careers through our nationally ranked online nursing degree programs.”

“Fletcher Technical Community College is pleased to announce this articulation agreement with Loyola University,” commented Fletcher Chancellor Dr. Kristine Strickland. “Loyola is known for excellence in education, and we are thrilled that our students will have an opportunity to continue their education in this ASN to BSN program.” Link to video of signing: