Touro Celebrates Falls Prevention Awareness Day with a “Stepping On” Program Reunion

In September 2010, Touro Infirmary hosted a program to educate seniors in New Orleans about fall prevention.  The “Stepping On” Program empowered older adults to reduce their risk of falls and improve their quality of life. Each week, a team of experts led a workshop that covered a variety of topics designed to help seniors prevent falls. 12 LSU Master of Occupational Therapy students and Touro Occupational Therapists helped to the lead the program, attended by 12 seniors over the age of 65.

On the eve of the 8-year anniversary of the Stepping On Program, Touro held a reunion luncheon with some of the participants, Juanita Williams, Lucille Payne, Barbara Love and Myralin Vignaud, as well as the therapists to see how the falls education has helped them stay safe and independent. We were thrilled to hear how the information learned has impacted their lives.

“We are better educated from the program. I didn’t need the information back then, but I do now. I am more aware of my falling hazards because of the program,” said Juanita Williams. “I had a rug without any grips, and I had to get rid of it because it was a hazard.”

Several of the ladies even brought their notes saved from the 2010 program. Lillian O’Cain, Touro Cancer Rehab Program Manager, Lynette Little, RN/PAI Coordinator, and Brad Greco, Neuro Rehabilitation Center Supervisor, were quite pleased to see their notes saved. “I made sure to keep everything,” said Lucille Payne. The ladies shared information that they remembered from the program, which encompassed nearly everything. “We remembered the importance of exercising. We go to different senior groups and exercise together,” said Barbara Love. Lucille Payne added, “I garden, rake, mop and sweep to stay active. I want to stay independent and, in my house as long as I can.”

The ladies discussed the importance of having proper lighting throughout their homes, sturdy railings, appropriate ladders or step stools, removing extension cords and how to stand up properly from a chair or bed. “I make sure to grab the sides of my chair with both hands before standing up. I also remembered the proper way to fall, which helped me recently. I fell out of a chair, but I didn’t hurt myself too bad because I remembered the lesson,” said Myralin Vignaud. “I remembered to tuck my head in, so I wouldn’t fall on it.”

One of the main takeaways from the program was the friendships created between the ladies. “I took everyone’s number from the program, and we all went to lunch,” said Lucille Payne. “We hang out and do different activities together.

“It was a beautiful program because it brought us together,” Juanita Williams added, “As we get older, we become lonely. We made great social connections. We have become a group of friends.” Barbara Love also chimed in and said, “We motivate each other. We go to luncheons and senior festivals together. We don’t want to get bored.”

The luncheon proved that the Stepping On Program was a success. The therapists were happy to see their tips being put into pracitce, and the friendship that were created through the program.

Nurses Week 2017

American Nurses Association (ANA) has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse.” Join us during National Nurses Week, May 6–12, as we explore this year’s theme, “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” It’s all about celebrating nurses who lead the charge for health and wellness.

NICU Nurses

In honor of Nurses week, we want to honor our nurses who are committed to caring for our patients and the community!

“Janice Hamilton, RN, is a Clinical Supervisor for Acute Care on T7. She has been a nurse since 1980 and a Medical-Surgical Nurse at Touro for 9 years. She came to Touro because of the high quality, compassionate care here, and she plans to never leave. She loves the teamwork among the nurses on her unit.”

Janice Hamilton, RN

“Codie St. Pierre, RN has worked in Telemetry for two years. She decided to come to Touro after her uncle was treated here. She was inspired by their care and made the move to Touro right after nursing school.”

Codie St Pierre

“Katelyn Williams, RN just graduated nursing school a few weeks ago, and she is now working in the NICU. She precepted at Touro and fell in love with the facility. She loves taking care of the babies and the people at Touro.”

Katelyn Williams, RN

“Thomas Crozier II, RN came to Touro in 2008. He is currently the Clinical Supervisor for Telemetry on Q8. He decided to come to Touro because of the people and the location!

Thomas Crozier II, RN

Kelli Easley, RN has always been interested in women’s health while growing up with a mom as a NICU nurse. She was inspired to follow in her mom’s footsteps and become a NICU nurse. She has been at Touro for four years. She enjoys taking care of the babies and teaching the LSU graduates.”

Kelli Easley, RN

“Jonnay Burks, RN has been a Medical-Surgical nurse at Touro for almost two years. She states Touro was the only option for her due to its family atmosphere.”

Jonnay Burks, RN

“Micheal Pitts, RN is the Unit Director for Acute Care on T6. She began her career at Touro in 1992 as an x-ray technician. She left Touro to attend nursing school and graduated in 1995. She returned to Touro in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina. She loves working with the patients and the family atmosphere at Touro.”

Micheal Pitts, RN

“Rosario Bumarlong, RN came to Touro six years ago. She began her career at Touro in Telemetry and moved to Acute Care a few years later. She enjoys taking care of the sick and providing quality care to the patients.”

Rosario Bumarlong, RN

“Courtney Herbst, RN began at Touro in July 2016. She precepted at Touro and enjoyed the facility. She decided to work in the NICU because she loved caring for the babies. She also enjoys working with her co-workers and interacting with the community.”

Courtney Herbst, RN

“Britney Duplechain, RN started at Touro in 2009. She came here right after nursing school to the NICU. She loves taking care of the preterm babies and the supportive atmosphere at Touro. She states everyone works so well together.”

Britney Duplechain, RN

“Jessica Frught-Hassel, RN is a nurse in the Well-Baby Nursery. She always admired Touro for their care and service for newborns. In fact, she had her first baby at Touro. She always wanted to work with newborns and decided to make the move from her previous employer to Touro. She likes the camaraderie and how everyone is willing to help each other.”

Jessica Frught-Hassel

K10: Touro and New Orleans 10 Years Later

Royce Dean Yount, M.D.

As New Orleanians, we pride ourselves on our welcoming spirit. No one is a stranger.  Everyone is a part of the same community.

Here. For Life.

For over 160 years, Touro has provided excellent medical care to our city.  Touro certainly has a great importance in my life.  It is where my mother and I practice medicine, where I met my lovely wife, and where my three children were born.  After all, everyone knows babies come from Touro.

Today, I serve as the President of the Touro Medical Staff.  Ten years ago, I was one of the physicians providing care during Hurricane Katrina.  The Touro disaster plan was activated on Saturday, August 27, 2005.  By the next day, our emergency staff of 600 employees was fully prepared to face whatever might come.  With over 250 patients and their families, Touro became the shelter for nearly 2,000 people.

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Providing care for those who needed it most, when they needed most.

Despite many challenges, Touro opened the Emergency Room doors 28 days after the storm.  We were the first to be able to provide care to our community.  For four months, Touro was the only operating adult care hospital in Orleans Parish.

We rejoiced in the celebration of the first baby born in a New Orleans hospital after Katrina, a sign of the hope and promise for the future.  As New Orleans’ oldest not-for-profit hospital, Touro felt an obligation to this community. Our staff was treated with the same quality of care as our patients, which held us together during those trying times.

Post-Katrina New Orleans presented the opportunity for many residents to start anew, to find that silver lining.  With my heart and family invested, there’s no other place I’d rather practice medicine. The past 10 years have given me a deep respect for my fellow physicians and staff.

Our Touro family grew with more than a thousand new hires in the first year after Katrina. We are now second in the state for a single hospital in births, literally breathing new life into our city. Our oncology center doubled its patient intake, leading to further expansion of facilities. Touro’s rehabilitation center now provides comprehensive services for those with Parkinson’s disease, with state-of-the-art program called LSVT Big and Loud.

A Growing Hospital Family

In 2009, Touro joined with LCMC Health. As part of the LCMC family, Touro joins its sibling hospitals in dedication to the community through a focus on economic development, advanced research, teaching and clinical excellence initiatives.  We celebrate another year older, stronger, wiser and braver.

Our Touro family stood united through the worst.  It gave us the strength to become the Touro of today.  As we honor the ten-year anniversary of Katrina, we also celebrate our city’s revival. Let us remember where we have been and look to where we are going.

Yount, Royce (2)Dr. Royce Dean Yount is a cardiologist with Crescent City Physicians, Inc., and practices at Touro Infirmary. He is President of the Touro Medical Staff.