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Memorial Specialty Hospital Names Co-Medical Directors
Peter Karam, MD and A.F. Abu Shamat, MD will serve as co-medical directors for Memorial Specialty Hospital. Dr. Karam is an internal medicine physician at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. Dr. Shamat is a nephrologist on staff at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital and Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. Both doctors are board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and have served our community for many years. Memorial Specialty Hospital is a 29-bed long-term acute care hospital that is part of the Memorial Health System. It is located on the third floor of CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital.
Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Festival Named Top 20 Event
The Southeast Tourism Society recently honored the Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Festival as a 2017 Top 20 Event for the month of January. The festival was held Friday–Saturday, Jan. 13-14, in Cameron with plenty of activities for festival goers. The Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau is a member of STS, an organization that promotes travel to and within the southeastern part of the United States.. The STS Top 20 Events marketing program highlights the “best of the best” from submitted entries.
City Savings Banks Announces Promotions
City Savings Bank is proud to announce the recent promotions for Karen Spiller Hatch as assistant VP and branch manager of the DeQuincy branch and Lori Mitchell as commercial lender. Hatch is a native of DeQuincy and attended LSU before earning a bachelor’s degree in finance at McNeese State University. Hatch has been with City Savings Bank for 12 years. Originally from DeQuincy, Mitchell has been with City Savings Bank for three years, and has 36 years of extensive experience in banking. For more information, call (337) 463-8661 or visit www.CitySavingsBank.com.
The Eye Clinic Opens Lake Charles Satellite Office
The Eye Clinic, the region’s largest provider of comprehensive family eye care, has opened a new satellite office at 2800 1st Avenue in Lake Charles. This office has opened in preparation for the move of the main office from Oak Park Blvd. to Imperial Blvd. off of Nelson Road in March. It will offer eye care appointments and retinal care, and will soon be adding optical and contact lens services.. Call (337) 310-0767 for additional information.
Board of Commissioners of WCCH Elects Officers
The board of commissioners of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital elected its chairman and vice-chairman to serve a two-year term beginning in 2017. Rickey Watson of Vinton was appointed to serve as the hospital’s new board chairman and Joe Devall of Hackberry was appointed to serve as vice-chairman. Watson has served on the board of commissioners since September 2013 and Devall has served since February 2006. Current members also serving on the board include immediate past chairman Robert (Bobby) LeTard of Westlake, Robert (Bob) Davidson of Sulphur and Frank LaBarbera, Jr., of Carlyss.
Andrea Ferguson Named VP of Marketing for Golden Nugget Lake Charles
Andrea Ferguson has been named vice president of marketing at Golden Nugget Lake Charles, according to Sr. VP/ GM Gerry Del Prete. Ferguson joined the Golden Nugget team in June 2015 as director of marketing and was promoted to senior director of marketing in December of that year. She was awarded the Casino Marketer of the Year honor at the 2016 Landry’s GM Conference in recognition of her leadership and results. In her new role, Andrea will continue to supervise brand marketing, Special Events and several other areas while increasing her oversight of marketing strategy, analysis and enterprise-wide initiatives.
Detective Corporal Nicosia Named Advisory Board Member for Offender Watch
Chief Donald D. Dixon announced that Detective Corporal Michael Nicosia, in charge of the Lake Charles Police Department’s Sex Offender Registry/Child Predator Division, has again this year been accepted as an Advisory Board member for Offender Watch, a National Sex Offender Registry Program. This program is utilized within the entire state of Louisiana. As part of Detective Nicosia’s responsibility, he will also be attending the National Conference for Crimes against Children.
WCCH Names Thompson Director
West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital is pleased to announce that Brian Thompson, RN, has been promoted from the position of House Supervisor to Patient Care Director. In his new role, Thompson will be responsible for directing daily operations of nursing departments and the staffing office. Thompson, a resident of Sulphur, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from McNeese State University. He has been employed at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital for seven years with previous work experience in pharmaceutical sales.
Watkins Named WCCH Employee of the Month
West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital recently named Diane Watkins as its Employee of the Month for January 2017. As a ward clerk in the Medical/Surgical Unit, Watkins provides assistance to patients, visitors, clinical staff and physicians each day and helps to prioritize daily work load to ensure a safe and efficient environment for all. Watkins has been with the organization for over seven years.
Mallard Cove Donates to Children’s Advocacy Center
Mallard Cove’s Men’s Golf Association donated $15,420 to the Children’s Advocacy Center, a division of Family & Youth Counseling Agency, Inc. Included in the donation is a sponsorship of $2,500 given by First Federal Bank of Louisiana. The money was raised during the 39th Annual Shine Flournoy Golf Tournament held at Mallard Cove to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center. For experienced professional assistance, contact Family & Youth at (337) 436-9533 or visit www.fyca.org.
Meyer & Associates Sponsors Airshow
Local engineering consulting firm Meyer & Associates, Inc., has recently committed to a $25,000 premier level sponsorship for the Chennault International Airshow, which is set for April 28-30, 2017, at Chennault International Airport. The sponsorship will be dedicated to the heart-stopping aerobatics of Randy Ball. The Airshow will also feature a nostalgic array of aircraft of all vintages and kids’ activities. To purchase general admission or VIP tickets online or to learn about the event lineup, visit at www.chennaultairshow.com.
American Press Sesquicentennial Calendars Available at Historic City Hall
American Press 2017 Sesquicentennial Calendars are now available for a $5 donation at 1911 Historic City Hall, 1001 Ryan Street. The donations will go towards funding the various public celebrations currently being planned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the City’s incorporation. Plans are underway now for an April unearthing of a time capsule that was buried during the City’s Centennial Celebration held in 1967. A lakefront community celebration and opening of a special Lake Charles historical exhibit are also being planned for the fall. The calendars have been donated to the City by the American Press and celebrates Lake Charles then and now through a series of photo comparisons. Each month of the calendar also features tidbits of Lake Charles history. For more information on the Sesquicentennial Celebration, visit www.celebratelakecharles150.com