A Year of Possibilities for Teche Regional Medical Center


New leadership, upgrading its Radiology Department by installing a Digital Mammography machine, expanding services to include Inpatient Rehabilitation and a Heart Catheritization Lab, welcoming three new physicians to its medical staff, and completing construction of a new medical office building were all accomplishments of Teche Regional Medical Center over the last year.


            In September 2010 Teche Regional welcomed Butch Frazier as the new Chief Executive Officer, (CEO) at Teche Regional Medical Center. Butch brought with him a broad range of experience in the healthcare industry, including serving most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Acadian Medical Center in Eunice, Louisiana. He received his B.S. degree from Memphis State University and his MPA in Healthcare Administration from the University of Memphis. 


            “The members of the Board of Trustees who comprised part of the interview committee were very impressed with what Butch has accomplished during his tenure at Acadian. His community involvement; physician recruitment abilities; employee relations skills; and his concern for the healthcare of the community are all traits that we were looking for at Teche Regional, “said Dr. Troy Drewitz.


            Teche Regional has also concentrated on growing its equipment technology by adding, the state-of-the-art, Selenia digital mammography system to its Radiology Department. The hospital is the first healthcare provider in St. Mary Parish to feature Digital Mammography for members of its community.


            The addition of this technology allows Teche the ability to offer the newest technology for breast cancer detection. Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is acquired and, more importantly, viewed. The radiologist can magnify the images, increase or decrease the contrast and invert the black and white values while reading the images.


            Along with technology, Teche Regional has expanded the services that are provided. The addition of the new $1.2 million Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit makes Teche Regional the only hospital in St. Mary Parish to offer a truly comprehensive rehabilitation program incorporating physical, occupational and speech therapy services in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.  Patients now have the choice to recover from injury or disease close to home in the spacious 6,000 square-foot Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. This newly constructed 8-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit offers intensive physical rehabilitation to patients that have suffered significant physical impairments as a result of disease or injury.


            In addition, Teche Regional is once again setting the standard for state-of-the-art heart care, thanks to the brand new, modern Heart Catheritization Lab.  Now, instead of the inconvenience of an out-of-town facility, members of the community can take advantage of convenient, local access to a comprehensive program of diagnostic, invasive/interventional cardiac procedures close to home. 


            With an expert team of cardiologists and a friendly, caring staff, Teche Regional has the advanced training necessary to continue to raise the level of cardiac care in this area.  The new Cath Lab helps identify conditions that may develop or that may already exist as related to a person’s heart health and to provide appropriate treatment options when required.


            Teche Regional Medical Center continued to build its medical staff with the additions of a Cardiologist, Urologist, and General Surgeon. “Physician recruitment has been a great accomplishment for the hospital this year. This success is primarily due to our current medical staff’s positive involvement in the recruiting process,” said Butch Frazier, Teche Regional’s CEO. 


            J. Dean Valdez, MD with Southern Heart Cardiology brings years of cardiac experience to our community. Dr. Valdez earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.


            Along with Cardiology, the hospital has added the Urology Practice of Matthew Loughlin, M.D. Dr. Loughlin earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the New York Medical College in White Plains, New York. 

            Continuing the expansion of its hospital medical staff, Teche Regional added a General Surgeon, Kristi Prejeant, MD, with Morgan City Surgical. Dr. Prejeant received her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Louisiana State University, Shreveport. She received her Medical Degree from Louisiana State University Health and Sciences Center in Shreveport. “We are pleased to add these physician specialties to our growing medical staff. These additions further strengthen our ability to provide needed care close to home,” comments Butch Frazier, CEO”.


            Finally, construction finished on the new 14,000-square-foot medical office building. The $4.3 million dollar construction project consists of two buildings which house eight physician offices. The addition of this office space allows physician and patients to have the convenience of their doctor’s office being located on the hospital grounds.


            As we have for many years, Teche Regional remains committed to the community and supporting its continued growth. Throughout 2010 the hospital gave over 50 thousand dollars in local sponsorships and donations. In addition, over 9 million dollars of uncompensated medical care was provided throughout the year. As we look to the future of healthcare in our community, the employees, physicians, and board of trustees are focused on one goal, which is creating a culture where patients and employees feel valued and appreciated and having a positive impact on the lives of the people in the community. It is because of the continued support and positive perception of the community and surrounding areas, the success of the hospital is achieved.

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