Each year WK Sports Medicine offers free physical exams for high school athletes and eighth-grade student athletes entering high school in the fall. These exams were provided by 20 doctors from Willis-Knighton Health System and LSU Health Shreveport as well as 15 physical therapists, 10 athletic trainers and students from the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Bossier Parish Community College.
Christopher Shelby, MD, of WK Eye Institute has successfully performed the area’s first surgery to implant a miniature telescope in the eye of a patient with end-stage macular degeneration.
Willis-Knighton has received Full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Willis-Knighton is the only local facility that has achieved this designation.
Willis-Knighton Cancer Center is now offering Optune, a medical device that, when used in conjunction with partial-brain radiotherapy and chemotherapy, has been shown to extend overall survival and progression-free survival of newly diagnosed patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Optune is a portable, noninvasive device that delivers low-intensity, alternating electric fields (referred to as Tumor Treating Fields) that inhibit cancer cell replication and cause cancer cells to die.
Willis-Knighton was pleased to learn that the Caddo Parish School Board has accepted its bid for the Hamilton Terrace school property.
Patients at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center can be confident about the quality of their case as the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center exceeds both state and national standards.
In January Willis-Knighton Cancer Center joins leading cancer centers in the United States in a new research initiative evaluating two types of radiation therapy approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for the treatment of breast cancer.
The Willis-Knighton Cancer Center has added cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to its ProteusONE compact proton therapy solution. This is the first FDA approved CBCT for compact proton therapy to be used for treatment of a breast cancer patient.
WK Eye Institute surgeons Christopher Shelby, MD, and Wyche T. Coleman III, MD, are the first in our region to offer the iStent® Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent as a treatment option to reduce eye pressure for patients who have both cataracts and glaucoma.
Willis-Knighton Heart & Vascular Institute at Willis-Knighton Medical Center is the first location in the region to participate in the Abiomed Mobile Learning Lab (MLL) program. The Abiomed Mobile Learning Lab will be parked at Willis-Knighton Medical Center on Friday, Oct. 30, where it will offer a highly interactive, facilitated learning experience to physicians and staff interested in learning about the Impella heart pump.
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Thanh Vo, M.D., has joined James W. Thompson, M.D., at South Shreveport Family Practice, 2520 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 102.
The public is invited to attend the free 20th anniversary celebration of the Simpkins Community Health & Education Center on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The clinic, located at 4700 Hilry Huckabay Drive in north Shreveport, was originally established in 1995 as the WK Community Health & Education Center. It was the first in a series of Project NeighborHealth clinics designed to serve primary healthcare needs in underserved neighborhoods.
Nihar Patel, M.D. has joined Joyce Feagin, M.D., Charles Hargon, Jr. M.D., Maxwell “Chip” McDonald, M.D., Michael R. Moore, M.D., Robert A. Nickelson, M.D., and Anil Veluvolu, M.D. at Hematology/ Oncology Associates, 2600 Kings Highway in Shreveport, in the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center.
Aneri Patel, M.D., has joined WK Pines Road Family Medicine at 6821 Pines Road, Suite 100, in Shreveport.
Willis-Knighton (WK) has seen the antitrust lawsuit filed today by the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana (BRF) and Vantage Health. The lawsuit alleges that WK conspired with and entered into separate agreements with LSU to divert commercial business away from University Health (UH). That is a false portrayal of medical services provided to and for some of the most vulnerable citizens in north Louisiana.
Willis-Knighton has a long-standing policy of not speaking or responding publicly on the business decisions or actions of other healthcare providers.
Robert C. Smith,II, M.D. has joined B. Scott Harrington, M.D. at WK Haughton Medical Group, 1400 Highway 80 East in Haughton.
Hector Brunet, M.D., has joined Gerardo Negron, M.D. and Guillermo Padilla-Pineda, M.D. in Shreveport Infectious Disease at 8001 Youree Drive, Suite 750 on the campus of WK Pierremont Health Center.
The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) has awarded the designation of “Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology” (FACE) to Dr. Laura Kimball-Ravari of Bossier City.
Four physicians from the Willis-Knighton Physician Network are scheduled to serve as panelists for a free seminar targeted to survivors of gynecologic cancer and their family and friends. The event is scheduled June 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilton Shreveport Hotel in downtown Shreveport and is being presented by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has recognized Willis-Knighton Medical Center as one of the first healthcare facilities in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction® Center+ designation in the area of bariatric surgery by the Blue Distinction® Centers for Specialty Care program.
Willis-Knighton has been the first in the state to offer a specialized needle, SharkCore™ Fine Needle Biopsy, to secure the best possible tissue sample for analysis. James C. Hobley, M.D., FACG, director of the Pancreato-biliary Program at Willis-Knighton, is the gastroenterologist who performed the first needle biopsy the new SharkCore from Covidien at Willis-Knighton Medical Center.
Kimberly and Steven Ford of Bossier celebrated the beginning of 2015 in grand style, welcoming twins, a son and a daughter, Sutton Kyle and Hanley Nicole. The twins were born at WK Bossier Health Center at 12:43 and 12:44 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 1.
Willis-Knighton Health System’s hospitals with birthing centers have been honored with special banners, acknowledging their support and achievements as part of a statewide initiative to reduce elective, non-medically indicated deliveries prior to 39 weeks. Receiving banners were the Center for Women’s Health at Willis-Knighton South, Keri Elrod, administrator; WK Bossier Health Center, Cliff Broussard, administrator, and WK Pierremont Health Center, Sonny Moss, administrator.