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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WK Joins Louisiana’s first statewide partnership for clinical integration
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 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.
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.