organ donation http://wrkf.org en Estate Planning Attorney Evangelizes Organ Donation http://wrkf.org/post/estate-planning-attorney-evangelizes-organ-donation <p>Questions from his estate planning clients prompted attorney Paul Rabalais to investigate organ donation. Now Rabalais sponsors an annual 5K run/walk to support the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA). For more information about the 5K run/walk, go to <a href="http://lopa.org">www.lopa.org.</a></p><p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 19:57:00 +0000 Susan Hidalgo-Smith 15172 at http://wrkf.org Artificial Heart Provides Bridge to Transplant http://wrkf.org/post/artificial-heart-provides-bridge-transplant <p><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">Dr. Hector Ventura leads the Ochsner team that implanted the "Total Artificial Heart" for the first time in February. Their patient, a father of five now awaiting a matching donor heart, was the first in the Gulf Coast region to receive the device.</span></p><p> Sun, 26 May 2013 18:54:00 +0000 Susan Hidalgo-Smith 10900 at http://wrkf.org Ochsner's Transplant Team Heralded http://wrkf.org/post/ochsners-transplant-team-heralded <div><div><div>The Multi-Transplant Institute Team at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans was recognized as Number One in the U.S. for the year 2012 by CareChex, based on mortality and complication rates.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Dr. Nigel Girgrah, Liver Transplant Director, says Ochsner's Living Donor Program helps prevent deaths of patients on the waiting list by reducing wait times.</div></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p> Sun, 12 May 2013 12:41:00 +0000 Susan Hidalgo-Smith 10155 at http://wrkf.org FRIDAY: State Senator Ben Nevers, Journalist Jeffrey Marks, Olympian Carl Lewis http://wrkf.org/post/friday-state-senator-ben-nevers-journalist-jeffrey-marks-olympian-carl-lewis <p>Bogalusa Senator Ben Nevers (D) discusses the state's reluctance to accept the Medicaid expansion included in the federal Affordable Care Act, an his proposed legislation to accept the Medicaid money.&nbsp;</p><p>Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jeffrey Marks and his friend, Olympic track &amp;&nbsp; field Gold Medalist&nbsp; Carl Lewis, talk about sports &amp; achievement...and about their support for organ donation.</p><p><em> Fri, 03 May 2013 14:37:37 +0000 Jim Engster 9856 at http://wrkf.org