Dutch Physical Therapy opened its Bankers Avenue clinic on Jan. 5. The facility replaces an older office on Energy Drive and offers a more spacious gym, additional treatment rooms and staff offices. Dutch Physical Therapy also has offices on Siegen Lane and on La. Highway 16 in Denham Springs.
LHC Group purchased a majority share of Southeast Alabama Medical Center’s home nursing service business. The agreement will put the Lafayette-based company in a 16-county area. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the combined net revenue for the home nursing business was about $1.4 million in the past year. LHC also closed a previously announced deal to buy Washington-based Northwest Healthcare Alliance.
Block Construction has broken ground on a $2.7 million project for Peterbilt of Louisiana. The 25,000-square-foot dealership will be built on North Ambassador Caffery Parkway in Scott and is scheduled to be open in July.
Roland Toups of Turner Industries has been appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to the Board of Regents, the state agency coordinating all public higher education. Toups, a veteran of the Air Force and a former chair of the Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, has been inducted into LSU’s Construction Management Hall of Fame and the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni at Georgia Tech. Toups was reappointed to serve as a representative of the 6th Congressional District.
Trey Williams of Latter & Blum Commercial Real Estate has been awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation by the CCIM Institute, one of the leading commercial real estate associations in the world. Williams earned the designation by passing a comprehensive examination, the final step in a graduate-level curriculum.
Michael Boudreaux of Juban’s Restaurant will serve as president of the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Greater Baton Rouge Chapter.
Edward Schwartzenburg has been re-elected chief of staff of Woman’s Hospital for 2009. Additional medical leadership for 2009 includes Jan Benanti, vice chief of staff; Kathy Guidry, secretary-treasurer; Yolunda Taylor, chief of the clinical and support services; Timothy Maher, chief of anesthesiology; Marshall St. Amant, chief of maternal-fetal medicine/high risk obstetrics; Ronald Andrews, chief of medicine; Steven Spedale, chief of neonatology; Nicolle Hollier, chief of obstetrics/gynecology; Beverly Ogden, chief of pathology; George Schwartzenburg, chief of pediatrics; Chester Coles, chief of radiology; Cecilia Cuntz, chief of surgery; and Charlie Bridges, chief of urology.
North Oaks Medical Center has chosen its executive committee for 2009: pediatrician Samuel A. Hickey, chief-of-staff and chairman; emergency medicine physician Michael Harlan, chief-of-staff elect; gastroenterologist Jason Reina, secretary/treasurer; urologist Bonadelvert C. Suarez, member-at-large; family practitioner Gregory J. Allen, family practice chairman; radiologist J.P. Miller, chairman of the Department of Medicine; obstetrician and gynecologist William F. Beacham, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics chairman; general surgeon F. Jeff Liner, chairman of the Surgery Department; and emergency medicine physician David L. Toups, emergency medicine department chairman.
North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital has chosen its executive committee for 2009: physiatrist Randolph L. Roig, chief-of-staff and chairman; family practitioner Gerald J. Sparks, vice chief of staff; orthopedic surgeon Robert T. McAffee and family practitioner Howard J. Raphael, members-at-large.
The PAR Board of Directors elected two new members to the board. George Pietrogallo Jr. and Freddie Pitcher Jr., both of Baton Rouge, will serve three-year terms ending in 2011. Pietrogallo serves as the Baton Rouge Area Public Affairs Manager for ExxonMobil, and Pitcher serves as chancellor of the Southern University Law Center.
The Louisiana Lottery Corporation has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting in recognition of its basic, supplemental and optional savings retirement plans by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, according to GFOA.
Patricia B. McMurray and Robert C. Schmidt of Adams and Reese’s Baton Rouge office have been named Louisiana SuperLawyers for 2009. Only 5% of state attorneys receive this honor after the selection process of peer nominations, review by a blue-ribbon panel and independent research. McMurray’s practice focuses on commercial transactions, forestry and real estate. Schmidt provides technical support to the firm’s ERISA litigation team, as well as to the firm’s transactional lawyers handling mergers or acquisitions involving employee benefits.
Adelaide Russo, a professor of French studies and comparative literature at LSU, has received the 16th annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Literary Studies from the Modern Language Association of America. Russo was selected in recognition of her book, Le peintre comme modčle du surréalisme ŕ l’extręme contemporain. The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding book in its field—a literary or linguistic study, a critical edition of an important work or a critical biography—written by a member of the association. Russo will receive $2,000 and a certificate.
Seven Capital Region companies were honored at South Central Construction magazine’s Best of 2008 awards luncheon on Dec. 4 in Baton Rouge. The winners were chosen by a six-member panel of judges that based their decision on the project’s quality of construction or design, innovation, contribution to the industry, ability to overcome unique construction or design challenges, and overall excellence.
Judges Award, Design: Veterans Memorial Project, Iberville Parish, submitted by Grace & Hebert
Best Private Building Project: Chevron Northpark, Covington, submitted by MAPP Construction
Best Health Care Project: Baton Rouge General Medical Center, submitted by Milton J. Womack Inc.
Best Public Design: Avoyelles Public Charter School, Mansura, submitted by Holly & Smith Architects, Hammond
Best Private Design: Internal Medicine Clinic, Hammond, submitted by Holly & Smith Architects, Hammond
Renovation/Restoration Award of Excellence: J.C. Penney, Gretna, submitted by MAPP Construction
Renovation/Restoration Award of Excellence: W.T. Grant Building rehabilitation, submitted by Block Construction
Private Building Award of Excellence: Belle of Baton Rouge parking garage, submitted by MAPP Construction
Mechanical/Electrical Award of Excellence: ExxonMobil ULSD project, submitted by Triad Electric & Controls Inc.
Industrial Award of Excellence: Halliburton Fourchon CFS Plant, Port Fourchon, submitted by Cajun Constructors Inc.
Industrial Award of Excellence: Verenium Corp., Cellulosic Ethanol demonstration plant, Jennings, submitted by Cajun Constructors Inc.
Private Building Award of Merit: BCBG Max Azria, submitted by MAPP Construction
Richard Preis, who is developing Howell Place, donated a 2.8-acre tract along 72nd Avenue, near Howell Boulevard, to the YMCA of the Capital Area for construction of a 12,000-square-foot facility. The land is valued at $900,000.