Making A Difference

Lafayette General’s “Making a Difference” program recognizes those employees who go above and beyond in the act of helping others. They represent the very best of Lafayette General by truly making a difference in the lives they touch.

Benjamin Gary, RN

03/27/2017

Known as someone who is always there when you need him, Benjamin went out of his way to be with an unlikely patient. Find out what he did to comfort his patient.

Megan Comeaux, RN

03/27/2017

When Megan learned her patient was homeless, she felt the need to help him. Find out what Megan did to help her patient get back on his feet.

Erica Rochester, CNA

02/10/2017

Working in the medical field means having an eye for detail. That can surely be said about Erica Rochester, CNA. Find out how Erica went above and beyond to care for both her patient and her patient’s daughter.

Hayden Schulze

02/10/2017

Hayden Schulze is a Customer Support Analyst for Lafayette General Health and recently went above and beyond to support a stranger. Find out how Hayden proved an LGH employee would “give someone the shirt off of their back”.

Jill Daigle, RN

02/10/2017

Admission to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) can be an unexpected and traumatic experience. This was the case with one such patient who unfortunately passed away. But for Jill Daigle, RN and Team Leader at LGMC, that didn’t mean she had to stop caring for the patient. Find out what Jill did to help her patient’s family after they left the hospital.

Kateri Gabriel

02/10/2017

You never know when, where or how you can make a difference! When a young patient couldn’t afford a new t-shirt to wear when she was able to go home, Kateri’s small act of kindness went a long way. Find out what Kateri did to bring a smile to the patient’s face.

Sally Saloom, RN

02/10/2017

Sally Saloom, RN and Case Manager at LGMC, proves that patient care doesn’t stop once your shift is over. Find out what Sally did to help a patient with no transportation and very little means to purchase their medication.

Ted Breaux & Others (LGMC Facility Services)

02/10/2017

The season of giving was in full swing at the end of 2016 and a few LGH employees were able to turn a small gesture into a big difference. Find out what Ted Breaux and others from LGMC Facility Services did to help turn around a little girl's Christmas.

Ashley Page

12/06/2016

While driving down Pinhook Road in heavy traffic, Ashley noticed an elderly pedestrian laying on the sidewalk with one leg in the road. Find out what Ashley did to help save his life.

Brandon Savoy

12/06/2016

After performing a carotid ultrasound on a local firefighter, Brandon went out of his way to help turn the patient’s wife’s day around. Find out what Brandon did to bring tears of joy to a patient’s loved one.

Christi Mouton

12/06/2016

Christi Mouton, RN at LGSW, was enjoying her lunch at a local restaurant when another patron began to choke on her food. Find out what Christi did to step in and save a stranger’s life.

Christine Huval

12/06/2016

When a patient was checking in for a scheduled respiratory test, Christine asked him “How are you doing today?” The patient began telling her about pain he had radiating down his arm, find out how Christine not only listened but acted to quickly to get the patient the services he needed.

Lisa Koch

12/06/2016

When not one but two members of the community were in need of extra medical assistance, Lisa stepped up to the plate to lend a helping hand. Find out what Lisa to did to go above and beyond to help these two patients in a time of need.

Yvette Blackwell

12/06/2016

When a young boy was wondered off from his grandmother and was lost at Burden Rhiel Center, Yvette Blackwell jumped right into action. Find out what Yvette did to help the young boy reunite with his grandmother.

Amanda Ragas - UHC

08/01/2016

Amanda was going for breakfast when a patient stopped her and asked her where she was going. Find out what Amanda did to fulfill the patient’s wishes…

Bernice Kneeland - AGH

08/01/2016

Bernice Kneeland, a Nursing Assistant at AGH made a specific promise to one of her patients. Find out what Bernice came in to do on her day off, to keep that promise…

Dr. Julie Broussard and Dr. Brad Broussard

08/01/2016

Dr. Julie Broussard, an Anesthesiologist, was headed home with her children when she witnessed a three-car accident. Soon after, her husband, Dr. Brad Broussard, a Pulmonologist and Intensivist (ICU physician), arrived on the scene. Find out what heroic deeds this husband-wife duo performed to save a life…

Mary Neustrom

08/01/2016

A patient that lost belongings while being transferred between two other facilities before arriving at LGMC. Find out what Mary Neustrom, an Occupational Therapist, did to help that patient track down the lost items.

Meghan Mattison, RN - UHC

08/01/2016

A young teenage patient that is seen regularly in the Peds Clinic was threatening suicide. Find out what Meghan did to save the child’s life…

Patrice Ryckman, RN

08/01/2016

A mom-to-be, whose husband was out of town, experienced a rupture that required her parents to drive her to the hospital. Find out how Patrice Ryckman, RN, who was exiting the hospital following a long workday, went the extra distance for this struggling patient, even while off the clock.

Bryson Mestayer

06/24/2016

Bryson Mestayer, an RN in the ICU, admitted a terminally ill patient on life support. The family inquired about the possibility of last rites through pastoral care, but there was no one on-call that evening for LGMC. Find out how he helped fulfill the family’s wishes for their loved one.

Ryan Grob

06/24/2016

One of Ryan’s patient’s wrote the hospital, saying Ryan was the most wonderful, and compassionate nurse she had ever experienced. Find out what Ryan did on his day off to help make his patient’s experience a good one.

Vickie Shanks

06/24/2016

A patient with a troubled past was admitted to LGMC for treatment. Find out what Vickie did to make an unforgettable impact on the patient’s life.

Making a Difference: Wayne Holder, RN

03/30/2016

When an out-of-town man was air lifted from camping at Butte La Rose to LGMC, fighting for his life, his disabled wife had no way of driving herself to hospital to be with at her husband’s side.

Tim Rhinehart, Neuro/Tele Med Surg Unit

03/30/2016

When the family of one of Tim’s patients made the difficult decision to put heir loved on in hospice care, Tim took time on his day off to pay the family a visit. Find out what Tim did, dressed in his best church attire, to help bring a moment of peace to the family.

Wellness Team - LGMC

12/30/2015

While having chest pain at work in Avery Island, a gentleman drove himself to LGMC, but while trying to park to enter the ER, he became unresponsive.

Theresa Acosta, RN - LGMC ER

11/30/2015

Theresa led the ER staff in locating a back-up battery for a patient wearing an electric heart-circulatory device who rushed unexpectedly to see a family member in the ICU.

Tomeika Scott, Staff RN

11/30/2015

Emergency Departments often attract people who lack resources to pay for medical care. One day, a patient showed up seeking a pregnancy test in the ER and Tomeika was there to help.

Catherine Carriere - Receptionist & Research Aide for CCA

09/30/2015

Catherine helped improve a cancer patient's situation and saved her time by helping to arrange care at our Abbeville location.

Tracy Garzotto - RN

09/30/2015

By showing care and compassion after a long shift, Tracy helped save a young woman's life after experiencing a family tragedy.

Kent James - Security Guard

08/07/2015

Security Officer Kent James searched all over the LGMC campus for an employee's wallet, which was found in a high trafficked area.

Leah Bourgeois - Case Manager

08/07/2015

Leah build a rapport with a patient's son in California that allowed him to trust Leah enough to be his eyes and ears.

Nicole Doiron - Case Manager

08/07/2015

Case Manager Nicole Doiron proved that her compassion for patients doesn’t end after they leave the hospital.

Amy Walker, P.A.

08/06/2015

Physician’s Assistant Amy Walker met a patient's wife at a pharmacy so that his prescription could be filled.

Ashley Walton - RN

04/03/2015

Ashley’s proactive measures helped put her patient at ease, and cemented a trustful bond between this family and Lafayette General.

Jennifer Billedeaux - RN

04/03/2015

Jennifer personifies what it means to be a nurse with genuine love for others through her assistance with a new mother.

Erin DuFour - RN

04/02/2015

Erin went above and beyond in patient care to assist a homeless women who suffered from an internal brain hemorrhage.

John Kimball - RN, Case Manager

04/02/2015

By securing a few possessions this a was clinging to, John demonstrated that a dedicated RN goes outside their job description to truly care for a patient.

Angela Melancon - Security Operations Manager

02/04/2015

A Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) paying her bill inside Patient Accounts realized she had locked her keys in her car, along with her insulin.

Damon Cudihy, M.D. - OB/GYN

02/04/2015

When OB/GYN Dr. Damon Cudihy grew concerned over one of his patients, it was about more than just their medical condition, so he decided to do something about it.

Matthew Sibille, RN - LGMC ER

02/04/2015

A few days after Christmas, the home of Acadian Ambulance crew member Brian Guillory was burglarized. Matthew's actions helped turn a travesty into a great Christmas story.

Michael Dozier - Chief Information Officer

02/04/2015

Dr. Bryan Sibley had been having trouble with his laptop computer, inhibiting his ability to log into LGMC’s system and care for his patients.

Rebecca Clause - Director of Revenue Management

02/04/2015

Some events illustrate that the culture of caring at Lafayette General extends beyond our health care providers.

Sam Olivier - Respiratory Therapist

02/04/2015

On the night of November 19, 2014, Respiratory Therapist Sam Olivier was on his way home when he witnessed a vehicular accident. What he did next exemplifies who we are.

LGMC NICU Transport Team & Acadian Ambulance

12/01/2014

A relaxing vacation in Florida seemed like a good idea before LGMC employees Renee and Brandon would become first time parents in the next couple of months.

Judi Fontenot, LPN - Family Health Plaza

09/30/2014

Judi showed kindness and professionalism while assisting a mother and her child who was suffering from severe separation anxiety.

Manuel “Rod” Rodriguez, Melissa Hewitt, Leonard Zeno, Pierrette Dupree, Lynn Percle, David Gray, Troy Albert and Richard “Waterman” Brown

09/30/2014

The Security Department at LGMC serves more than just people, learn how they rescued a few animals in need.

Michelle Harring, Secretary - GI Unit

09/30/2014

Walking to lunch near Burdin Riehl Center one afternoon, Michelle noticed another pedestrian who appeared to be acting irrationally. She called the GI Unit for their assistance in helping someone in urgent need.

Kirsten Byrd, RN - Radiology

07/31/2014

A couple was in town on vacation in the U.S. from England when the husband became ill, requiring him to be admitted to Intensive Care. Alone, with no family or friends in the country, the wife had been staying in a nearby hotel between visiting hours.

Chris Guidry - RN ICU

05/27/2014

Chris, an ICU nurse, gave a patient the strength to fight for her life after she was transported to Lafayette General Medical Center in critical condition.

Dwayne Andrus - Valet

04/29/2014

Valet parking attendant Dwayne Andrus was driving a vehicle to a lot when he noticed a woman lying on the ground outside the Heymann Center. He knew something wasn’t right.

Loretta Dean - CNA, Med/Surgery

02/04/2014

Though her compassion, teamwork and humor with her patients, Loretta inspired a patient escort to pursue CNA School with the LGMC School of Health Sciences.

Alyssa Ledet

01/07/2014

One her flight home from vacation, Alyssa sprung into action when a passenger began showing signs of a heart attack.

Hester Thomas - RN, Nurse Navigator

01/07/2014

Employee who failed Smokerlyzer test, to identify chronic smokers, and her family saved from Carbon Monoxide poisoning thanks to Hester's questioning about their living arrangements.

Victoria Broussard - RN, Med/Surgery

01/07/2014

After a patient accidentally rolled up his handmade prayer blanket into his bed linens, Victoria went through the laundry in the collection area but could not locate it. Instead of giving up, she found a replacement for him, showing her passion and dedication towards her patients.

Jude Scelfo - Health Information Managment

11/01/2013

Jude’s bravery and courage serves as an inspiration for the entire LGMC staff after returning to work following diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer.

Wendy Reaux - Revenue Managment

11/01/2013

Wendy assisted with a patient that was blind, deaf and mute, making it extremely difficult for the staff to communicate with and care for him until an interpreter could arrive, calming the patient's anxiety and facilitating the delivery of care.

Leah Trahan - RN/NICU

10/01/2013

Leah was on-hand to administer CPR after a 3-year-old collapsed at a fast food restaurant following a simple dental procedure.

Daniel Bourque, M.D.

09/04/2013

An unemployed mother with a newborn in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit often took the bus or walked to the hospital to see her baby.

Erik Hauser - Valet

07/11/2013

Erik stopped traffic outside of the hospital to swoop a young child from the roadway and return her to her mother.

Kelsey Shear

05/01/2013

A pregnant psych patient was on the Admit Discharge Unit for eight days awaiting placement in a facility that could help her – when Kelsey Shear entered her life.

Making a Difference: Hope Rummel - LGI

05/01/2013

LGI-May 2013

Melissa Hewitt

05/01/2013

Melissa Hewitt had just brought a home-cooked meal to fellow employees on her Saturday off. That’s just the beginning.

Cindy Guillory, Betty Mouton, Robin Wold and Kerrie Leblanc

03/01/2013

A heart-warming gesture by these workers helped someone in need that day.

April Jeffery

02/01/2013

Ms. Lacobie says that April is an angel and was sweet and kind to her in her time of need.

Lacey Jones

02/01/2013

Lacey is one of the night team leaders on the 5th floor.

Donna Marcantel

11/01/2012

Donna Marcantel, RN from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, recently held a baby shower for a couple with a newborn in NICU.

Jonathon Koob

11/01/2012

An aspiring and active young Boy Scout had decided he wanted to become an Eagle Scout. When he was unexpectedly diagnosed with a rare disorder of his nervous system that limited his physical activity, his goal seemed nearly impossible, even though the disorder is commonly outgrown well after teenage years.

Making a Difference: Reggie Patin

11/01/2012

Reggie Patin, an ICU Tech and Acadiana fire fighter, was recently in the vicinity of the Emergency Department parking lot when he saw a woman collapse. Reggie was quick to respond.

Hilton Dugas

10/01/2012

Hilton says that, because of the stroke education he received here at the hospital, he was able to recognize the warning signs and, in turn, help save someone’s life.

Judy Ames

10/01/2012

Her persistence in getting the mom to act more immediately made the difference between a critical situation and a manageable one.

Joni Dorn

07/01/2012

Mr. Butler says he and his father-in-law will always remember how satisfied and pleasantly overwhelmed they were with Ms. Dorn’s demeanor, attitude, commitment and professionalism.

Deedra Harrington

02/01/2012

Harrington was returning from a lunch break when she saw a man lying on the track at Girard Park.

How Krista Dischler is "Making a Difference"

02/01/2012

Concerned Employee Saves Coworker

Cafey Hunter

09/01/2011

A letter to the CEO received September 14, 2011:

Kathy Fontenot

09/01/2011

Nominated by Sheila Dugas, Diagnostics Supervisor:

Jeanne Sonnier

08/01/2011

Letter to the CEO received August 22, 2011:

Erin Shipley

02/01/2011

How about Erin Shipley, staff RN in ED!! She is THE reason the ED terminal cleaning was completed, but that is not the most amazing part.

Jill Thiele

02/01/2011

Jill has only been here 5 months, and she is already spreading her magic.

Robin Beacom

02/01/2011

Robin is always smiling and has a positive attitude. BY being positive, ALWAYS, Robin is able to improve any environment she enters

Suzette Ross

10/01/2010

Her story was reported by Linda Cart of Antoni's and Anjanette Hebert, director of Security.

Fallon Savoy

10/01/2009

Excerpts of a letter written to hospital administration from the Conn family:

Margo Hains is "Making a Difference"

08/01/2009

This is an email from Sandra Keller, director of Corporate Compliance, as written to CFO, Roger Mattke.

Grace Huval

05/01/2009

This is an email by Kim Bourgeois, Director of Food and Nutrition, showing the exceptional kindness of Grace Huval to a patient in what was to be his last days.

Donald Williams

03/01/2009

Dr. Kim Hardey related this message from his experience:

How Darlene David is "Making a Difference"

03/01/2009

This is an excerpt from a letter written by S. Conques about an October 2008 moment that made a difference.

Janice Vincent

02/01/2009

This is an excerpt from a letter written by patient M. Bordelon about her September 2008 hospital stay.

Terry Ledet

02/01/2009

This is an excerpt from a letter written by patient Bruce Rozas about his Summer 2008 hospital stay.