Susan Hidalgo-Smith


Susan has long been part of the WRKF family. Having been indoctrinated in public broadcasting as on-air talent for membership campaigns at LPB, WRKF asked her to be the development director at the radio station. She went on to serve as WRKF's underwriting manager for 12 years and then the special events director for another three. Susan, part of a family of doctors, can't help but be fascinated with medicine and health. Out of that fascination came the award-winning "Conversations in Medicine”. 

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Dr. April Erwin, with the Neuromedical Center, explains the latest drug therapies and clinical trials that may give Multiple Sclerosis patients hope for a more normal lifestyle.

Physicians treating patients with Alzheimer's are exploring new approaches to caring for people with the disease. Barbara Auten, Executive Director of Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, is looking forward to the Keynote Address to be given by Dr. G. Allen Power at the 20th Annual Education Conference on Alzheimer's Disease: "Thinking  Outside the Medicine Bag: Alternative Approaches to Care for People with Alzheimer's."

Diabetes has multiple complications. Among them are kidney failure, lower limb amputation, blindness and it is a major cause of Heart Disease & Stroke. Dr. Andriette Martin Fitch, with Ochsner on Harding Blvd in Baton Rouge, is personally involved in the areas of Diabetes & Hypertension. She sees patients daily who are not maintaining a healthy lifestyle and spends a great deal of her day sending out the message to both parents & children. Her message to parents, "If you don't want your children, your spouse or your family members to die of Hypertension or Diabetes, make a change in your diet and exercise daily."

Dr. Mary Kathryn Rodrigue is the owner and mental health therapist at the innovative The Wellness Studio in Baton Rouge.

Dr. Brian Dyess, oral and facial surgeon, finds that in today's dental culture, it is not unusual to find an oral surgeon, in his or her office, diagnosing and operating on patients who have very complex cases, such as, oral cancer from smoking, a jaw cyst or dental implants.

In 2011, EQHealth Solutions created a pilot coaching program for Peoples Health Members and Nurse Case Managers at East Jefferson General Hospital. The success of that pilot, led to the Medicare Advantage Organization selecting the Health Care Coordination Program to provide training support for all it's Nurse Case Managers network-wide starting in late 2012.

Thousands of minority patients with blood cancers like leukemia and other diseases like sickle cell depend on finding a bone marrow match to save their lives.

Acid reflux disease or chronic heartburn is diagnosed often in Louisiana due to our love of spicy food in the southern part of the state.

Capital Area United Way has been a support service in our community and beyond for many years.

In November, Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center became the first in Baton Rouge to offer lung-cancer screenings to high-risk patients.