Office of the Secretary

July 12, 2006
Baton Rouge – The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals headquarters building staff is moving from its present location on Capitol Access Road to the Bienville Building, 628 N. Fourth Street in downtown Baton Rouge.
June 12, 2006
MapInfo Corporation presented the Department of Health and Hospitals’ Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health with a 2006 Meridian Award for its use of location technology in improving health services.
June 01, 2006
With the 2006 hurricane upon us, the Department of Health and Hospitals has adopted new regulations that require nursing facilities to be better prepared for an emergency, including evacuations. The regulations are effective today, June 1, 2006.
May 31, 2006
The Department of Health and Hospitals awarded $21 million to seven hurricane-impacted areas to establish primary health care services, using funding from the federal Social Services Block Grant Primary and Preventive Health Care Services Funding Pool. A portion of the funds also will be used to develop a statewide pharmacy access program for uninsured and underinsured Louisiana residents.
May 25, 2006
In the most recent of a series of emergency preparedness announcements, today Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco activated a four-step sheltering plan for the 2006 hurricane season. "We all pray this year will be a hurricane-free season for Louisiana," said Governor Blanco. "However, we stand prepared for several evacuations and are doing everything in our power to ensure a hurricane-safe season. That is why we have strengthened our sheltering capacity as part of our commitment to implement lessons learned from Katrina and Rita."
April 24, 2006
Dr. Roxane Townsend, Medicaid Medical Director for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, will serve as one of several featured speakers at the upcoming eHealth Conference in Baton Rouge.
April 05, 2006
Baton Rouge --- After more than six months of solid detective work and more than 13,000 reports of people missing after Hurricane Katrina, staff at the Family Assistance Center celebrated an important milestone Tuesday: fewer than 1,000 people remain missing.
March 28, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco’s Health Care Reform Panel will hold its final regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, March 30. The meeting, which will take place at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, will mark the end of the two-year process that brought together national health care experts, state legislative and government leaders, business leaders, and a representative from each of the nine health care regions of Louisiana.
March 27, 2006
Baton Rouge – Louisiana has gone from last place nationwide to 48th in the 2006 Morgan Quitno State Health Care Rankings. The state improved on the majority of factors considered when assigning these rankings.
March 21, 2006
“Crisis provides opportunities for humans to exercise character. This tragic flood brought destruction to us but also hope,” said Dr. Fred Cerise, DHH Secretary, in one of the many essays on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita found in ‘Witness to Disaster.”