Office of the Secretary

March 21, 2006
Bethesda, MD – “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.”
March 10, 2006
The workgroup formed by the Department of Health and Hospitals to make recommendations to improve long term care will meet in Covington in March.
March 06, 2006
Louisiana’s electronic system for tracking childhood immunizations has received the highest award from the American Immunization Registry Association for its excellent service during Hurricane Katrina.
February 28, 2006
Baton Rouge --- The Department of Health and Hospitals today reports two milestones have been achieved at the Victim Identification Center in Carville. According to Dr. Louis Cataldie, state medical examiner, the number of unidentified human remains is now less than 100, with one of the newly identified being the body of Mrs. Ethel Herbert.
February 15, 2006
Childhood immunization rates at Louisiana parish health units increased for 2005. Based on data from parish health unit assessments, 66 percent of children ages 19 – 35 months were up to date on their immunizations. This is an increase from 2004, when the average was 54 percent.
February 08, 2006
The Department of Health and Hospitals today reports two milestones have been achieved at the Victim Identification Center in Carville. According to Dr. Louis Cataldie, state medical examiner, the number of unidentified human remains is now less than 100, with one of the newly identified being the body of Mrs. Ethel Herbert.
February 06, 2006
Baton Rouge – Five months after Hurricane Katrina, staff at the Find Family National Call Center still receive new reports of relatives or loved ones missing almost daily. Over the past week alone, more than 80 people have called to report a missing person, taking the time to complete the lengthy Victim Identification Packet.
January 30, 2006
Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Dr. Fred Cerise today announced the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Crapanzano as Medical Director for DHH’s Office of Mental Health.
January 24, 2006
ANSER Analytic Services, Inc., a public-service research institute, was recently assigned by the federal government to evaluate the operations at the Find Family National Call Center. The Call Center is the national collection point for information on missing family members or those who may have perished during Hurricane Katrina.
December 30, 2005
Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco issued Executive Order 2005-33 to allow out-of-state doctors and other licensed medical professionals to provide emergency services to patients. The Executive Order was renewed several times and is now set to expire on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005. In anticipation of this expiration date, the Department of Health and Hospitals worked with various professional boards to develop an expedited process for a temporary “permission to practice.”