Ochsner Health is a system that delivers health to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf South with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate.
Our 2022 Ochsner Lafayette General Joint Community Health Needs Assessment and 2022 Ochsner Lafayette General Joint Implementation Strategy allowed us to determine which significant health needs should be prioritized in our region’s Community Health Improvement Planning process.
Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center sponsored three healthcare summits in 2021 and 2022: the Louisiana Rural Health Summit in Alexandria; United Way of Acadiana’s South Louisiana Community Health Summit, at which Eric Laborde, MD, director of the Men’s Health Clinic and vice chair of the Department of Urology, presented; and the South Louisiana Community Health Summit.
The hospital also sponsored 3,100 women veterans to attend the inaugural Women Veterans’ Health Symposium, where Chief Medical Officer Amanda Logue, MD, was the guest speaker.
In partnership with the Region 4 Office of Public Health, Ochsner Lafayette General presented the Acadiana Regional Youth Summit at the CAJUNDOME, which featured the Harlem Globetrotters. Along with community leaders, the hospital hosted a Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Prayer Breakfast at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center. Members of the Ochsner Lafayette General team participated in the Call to Action at Louisiana's Old State Capitol, where Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser presented on mitigating disparities in rural Louisiana and Healthy State by 2030 efforts. Additionally, the hospital sponsored the Parish Proud event, featuring Matt Stuller, founder and chairman of Stuller, Inc., alongside other community leaders.
Karen Wyble, RN, MSN, MHA, MBA
VP, Regional Community Affairs Ochsner Lafayette General
Karen Wyble joined Ochsner Health in 2020. She is primary liaison to the Louisiana Department of Health, the state legislature, and state and federal rural health-focused organizations, as well as the primary administrative leader for Ochsner Lafayette General Residency Programs and the administrative dyad to the Designated Institutional Officer.