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  • Donate Life Month Flag Ceremony Schedule at Willis-Knighton Medical Center (3/29/2017)

    The John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center will join with the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) to mark Donate Life Month at a Donor Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday, April 3, at 11 a.m.

  • WK No. 1 in five Best of NWLA categories (3/20/2017)

    Willis-Knighton Health System was winner in five categories in The Times 2017 Best of Northwest Louisiana contest.

  • National Association of Social Workers Honors Rev. Andrew Comeaux (3/20/2017)

    The Rev. Andrew Comeaux, MDiv., MSW, received the National Association of Social Workers (Louisiana) Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday, March 15, during the group’s annual conference in Baton Rouge.

  • Sai Konduru, MD, MPH Joins Willis-Knighton Cardiology (3/15/2017)

    Sai Konduru, MD, MPH, who specializes in clinical cardiac electrophysiology, has joined Willis-Knighton Cardiology, a cardiology practice with 11 additional cardiologists.

  • WK Proton Therapy Center Hosting International Proton Therapy Users International Meeting (3/13/2017)

    WK Proton Therapy Center is hosting the annual Ion Beam Applications (IBA) Proteus Users Meeting March 17 and 18.

  • WK Transplant Dietitian Named Outstanding Dietitian of the Year (3/10/2017)

    Lori Roy, MS, RD, LDN, has been named Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the Louisiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (LAND). Roy, transplant dietitian for John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center, accepted her award at LAND’s annual award breakfast Tuesday, March 7, in Baton Rouge.

  • WK Eye Institute Surgeons Perform First Raindrop® Procedure in Region (3/06/2017)

    Anyone who has struggled with the off/on of reading glasses may benefit from a new procedure, introduced in North Louisiana by Willis-Knighton surgeons at WK Eye Institute, the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay.

  • Quality of Cancer Care Measures for Breast & Colorectal Cancers (3/01/2017)

    Willis-Knighton Cancer Center is a Comprehensive Cancer Program accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC). Each year all of our Cancer Registry data is submitted to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) to assess the quality of patient care. According to the CoC, this enables cancer programs to compare treatment and outcomes with regional, state and national patterns of care.

  • WK Rehabilitation Institute Holds Open House (2/13/2017)

    The building formerly known as Doctors’ Hospital and now transformed as the WK Rehabilitation Institute was opened to the public on Sunday, Feb. 12.

  • WK Pierremont Health Center Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers (1/30/2017)

    WK Pierremont Health Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review in January, with Joint Commission experts evaluating compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

  • Cardiovascular Consultants Becomes Willis-Knighton Cardiology (1/30/2017)

    Cardiovascular Consultants has joined the Willis-Knighton Physician Network, changing its name to Willis-Knighton Cardiology. The 11 board-certified cardiologists have a combined total of more than 150 years of cardiology experience and practice.

  • New Brain Surgery Technology at Willis-Knighton Targets Tumors (1/23/2017)

    Jessica Wilden, MD, neurosurgeon with Tri-State Neurosurgery, has performed a unique MRI-guided Visualase® laser ablation on a patient diagnosed with a brain tumor. The patient, a 57-year-old man, had a symptomatic tumor in the temporal lobe of the brain, near the brain stem. The location of the tumor made it difficult and dangerous to resect during open brain surgery.

  • Willis-Knighton Cancer Center Receives Regional Award (1/18/2017)

    The Willis-Knighton Cancer Center has received an award for Excellence in Helping to Prevent Cancer given by the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society. Nominations were taken from cancer centers throughout the division, which includes those in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

  • First Baby of the New Year in Shreveport-Bossier Born at WK Bossier Health Center (1/01/2017)

    Christopher Kyle Yonnes is the first baby of the new year in Shreveport-Bossier. The baby was born on January 1, 2017, at 12:38 a.m. He is the son of Sierra Madrigal and Brandon Yonnes of Bossier City. Chris, as he will be called, weighs 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and is 19.1 inches long. He was delivered by Dr. Gregory Blanton.

  • WK Treats Stroke by Removing Clot (12/13/2016)

    Willis-Knighton Health System has successfully performed its first endovascular mechanical thrombectomy, treating a patient with an acute ischemic stroke. This was the first time the procedure had been performed at Willis-Knighton.

  • Willis-Knighton Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation (12/01/2016)

    The Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International has renewed the accreditation of Willis-Knighton Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Institute for a three-year cycle. The accreditation covers both inpatient and outpatient medical rehabilitation programs offered by Willis-Knighton.

  • Doctors West and Byrd Join Pierremont Women’s Clinic (11/30/2016)

    Edwin H. “Sonny” Byrd, Jr., MD, and Warren C. West, Jr., MD, have joined Paul G. Crawford, MD, FACOG, and Charles F. Sale, MD, FACOG, at Pierremont Women’s Clinic. The practice is located in the WK Pierremont Health Center Medical Office Building at 8001 Youree Drive in Shreveport, Suite 300.

  • Willis-Knighton Affiliates with Health Leaders Network Partners (10/27/2016)

    WK Joins Louisiana’s first statewide partnership for clinical integration

  • WK Family Connections - Elliott Mike (10/24/2016)

    Rosie Mike, who passed away in 2005, worked in Willis-Knighton’s Nutritional Services Department for 34 years. She helped raise her nephew, Elliott, who also worked part-time at Willis-Knighton as a teen. With the support of Willis-Knighton and CEO James K. Elrod, he elected for a career in the U.S. Coast Guard and focused on health services.

  • Willis-Knighton Employees Leading Fundraiser for Local Heart Walk (10/19/2016)

    Willis-Knighton Health System employees have been cited for top fundraising efforts during the fall Heart Walk on October 8. According to Laura Pfender, regional director for the American Heart Association, Willis-Knighton staff raised $21,916.

  • Willis-Knighton Cancer Center Accomplishments Recognized Nationally and Internationally (10/18/2016)

    Cancer experts from Willis-Knighton Cancer Center have been featured in several national venues this fall. In September Lane R. Rosen, MD, director of radiation oncology, presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting in Boston.

  • WK Eye Institute Offers Technology to Eliminate Floaters (10/14/2016)

    Persistent floaters in the eye have been a problem that was tricky for doctors to address. Floaters appear as shapes, a dot, string or cobweb across a person’s field of vision and move around quickly. They are generally caused when the vitreous, the gel substance in the eye, begins to shrink. Floaters are more common in people who are nearsighted, who have diabetes or who have had cataract surgery; however, they can also occur in younger patients. For some people, floaters are so prevalent that they are distracting and inhibit the ability to engage in work or have a normal lifestyle.

  • Dr. Julie Cupp Establishes Willis-Knighton Breast Health and Surgical Specialists (10/11/2016)

    Julie Cupp, MD, has joined the Willis-Knighton Physician Network and established Willis-Knighton Breast Health and Surgical Specialists at 7843 Youree Drive in Shreveport. The office is located next to the WK Breast Health Center at WK Portico Center.

  • WK Proton Center Marks 200th Patient Milestone (10/06/2016)

    On September 9, 2014, Willis-Knighton began a new era of cancer care, treating its first patient at the WK Proton Therapy Center. Last month, the center marked another milestone, treating its 200th patient with protons.

  • Dr. Ryan Master Joins Pierremont Cardiology (8/18/2016)

    Ryan Master, M.D., M.S. has joined Pierremont Cardiology, located in the WK Pierremont Medical Arts Building, 1811 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 210, in Shreveport.

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