See Ya at the Sign Rally!!! Tuesday, Jan 31 2012 

This Thursday, February 2, 2012, at 5:00 PM, I will be hosting a “See Ya at the Sign” Rally at UMC where the big sign is.

 

This is just a fun time to bring your family, posters in support of saving our beloved UMC hospital/departments!!  Also, bring you smiley, cheerful faces!!  We want everybody in our community to become involved with saving our beloved UMC hospital departments!  You would not believe how many people didn’t even KNOW about these cuts.  I am still hearing from people every day who tell me they had to clue this was happening at UMC.

NOW is the time to let our voices be heard!!!  Let’s rally the troops and let our elected officials HEAR us loud and clear!!!  We do NOT want our departments and programs cut at UMC.  We need them!!

Keep calling and emailing those elected officials and right now – really focus on calling Governor Bobby Jindal.  The number for Gov. Jindal’s office is 225-342-7015

SAVE UMC PEDIATRIC CLINIC
The Pediatric Clinic at UMC may close effective March 1, 2012 based on budget cuts.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
• Spread the word using facebook and other social sites. Call the media, Daily Advertiser, KATC, KLFY, The Independent, The Advocate. Inform other leaders in the community, church leaders, directors of social services.
Here is a list of our Senator’s and Representatives;
EMAIL THEM ALL!!! Save UMC Pediatric Clinic!!
Senator Bret Allain 337-828-9107 allainb@legis.la.gov
Senator Page Cortez 337-993-7430 cortezp@legis.la.gov
Senator Eric Lafleur 337-363-5019 lafeure@legis.la.gov
Senator Fred Mills 337-845-4240 millsf@legis.la.gov
Senator Dan Morrish 337-827-3979 morrishd@legis.la.gov
Senator Johnathan Perry 337-740-6425 perryj@legis.la.gov
Senator Rick Ward 225-246-8838 wardr@legis.la.gov
Rep. Taylor Barras 337-373-4051 barrast@legis.la.gov
Rep. Stuart Bishop 337-981-7409 bishops@legis.la.gov
Rep. Simone Champagne 337-276-4916 champags@legis.la.gov
Rep. Mickey Guillory 337-457-0194 larep045@legis.la.gov
Rep. Bob Hensgens 337-893-5035 hensgensb@legis.la.gov
Rep. Mike Huval 337-332-3331 huvalm@legis.la.gov
Rep. Sam Jones 337-828-7778 joness@legis.la.gov
Rep. Nancy Landry 337-262-2252 landryn@legis.la.gov
Rep. Terry Landry landryt@legis.la.gov
Rep. Bernard LeBas 337-363-0158 lebasb@legis.la.gov
Rep. Jack Montoucet 337-783-2999 montoucj@legis.la.gov
Rep. Stephen Ortego 337-259-7795 ortegos@legis.la.gov
Rep. Joel Robideaux 337-984-1091 larep045@legis.la.gov
Rep. Ladricka Thierry 337-948-0369 thierryl@legis.la.gov
Rep. Vincent Pierre pierrev@legis.la.gov
Gov. Bobby Jindal http://www.gov.la.gov/index.cfm?md=form&tmp=email_governor

Here is an example letter to send to your Senators and Representatives and Governor!
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing concerning the recent announcement to close LSU Health Systems Pediatric Clinic located on the corner of W Congress and Bertrand in Lafayette, La. That clinic serves as a primary care and emergency care resource for the most undeserved and vulnerable members of our society, our uninsured and Medicaid Children. The clinic sees anywhere from 450-550 patients a month. It is a center of care for conditions that include, but are not limited to:

• Sickle Cell Disease
• Cardiology
• Hiv/Aids/Std’s
• Tuberculosis
• ADHD/Autism and other behavioral disorders
• Special Needs Children
• Occupational Therapy & Speech
• Audiology
• Early Intervention Services
• Pediatric Psychology
• Pediatric Counseling
• OCS—Abused and at risk children
• Other conditions requiring preventative care, Asthma, Diabetes, Obesity

The only point of access for these patients will be in the emergency room, which is absolutely the direction the federal legislators, insurance companies, and government agencies are trying to limit based on their belief that it is an expensive and inefficient means of providing primary care.
Please give this grave matter your immediate attention and voice your concerns about such a massive and devastating blow to the children of our community.
Check it out on facebook….SAVE UMC OF LAFAYETTE JOBS!

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It’s MONDAY and it’s not a dreaded day!! Monday, Jan 30 2012 

It’s Monday and it’s not a dreaded day!!  This is another day, a gift, a golden opportunity to save our beloved hospital, UMC!!!

I’ve done a lot of reflecting through the nights about this.  Yes.  Through the nights.  I stay awake nights praying, crying, and thinking about what can we do next to help save our beloved hospital.

I do not dread today being Monday.  I hear lots of complaints about it being “Monday” and having to start a work week.  Let me tell ya, there’s almost 100 people at UMC who are thankful for it being “Monday” and another work day.  These people still have their jobs, for the moment, and a paycheck that will come to them.  They love what they do and it shows in how they care for their patients.

So, how do you think you should view your Mondays from now on?  Mhmm!!!  Rejoice that it’s Monday!!!

My heart is with the doctors, nurses, and support jobs at UMC.

Do not stop the calls and emails to our elected officials.  Everybody from the mayor to the governor should hear from us!!  Let your voice be heard!!!

And honey – this thing ain’t over yet!!!  Keep the faith!!!  Have some hope in your heart!!  It’s worth the fight and we have a goal – to keep the PEDIATRICS, OB/GYN, ENT, OTHALMOLOGY, AND ORTHOPEDICS DEPARTMENTS open at UMC!!!!  If we keep these departments open and running at their highest potential – LAFAYETTE WINS!!  If not -we lose.  It’s that simple.

SAVE UMC PEDIATRIC CLINIC
The Pediatric Clinic at UMC may close effective March 1, 2012 based on budget cuts.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
• Spread the word using facebook and other social sites. Call the media, Daily Advertiser, KATC, KLFY, The Independent, The Advocate. Inform other leaders in the community, church leaders, directors of social services.
Here is a list of our Senator’s and Representatives;
EMAIL THEM ALL!!! Save UMC Pediatric Clinic!!
Senator Bret Allain             337-828-9107       allainb@legis.la.gov
Senator Page Cortez             337-993-7430      cortezp@legis.la.gov
Senator Eric Lafleur             337-363-5019      lafeure@legis.la.gov
Senator Fred Mills             337-845-4240       millsf@legis.la.gov
Senator Dan Morrish             337-827-3979      morrishd@legis.la.gov
Senator Johnathan Perry             337-740-6425      perryj@legis.la.gov
Senator Rick Ward             225-246-8838       wardr@legis.la.gov
Rep. Taylor Barras             337-373-4051      barrast@legis.la.gov
Rep. Stuart Bishop             337-981-7409      bishops@legis.la.gov
Rep. Simone Champagne             337-276-4916      champags@legis.la.gov
Rep. Mickey Guillory             337-457-0194      larep045@legis.la.gov
Rep. Bob Hensgens             337-893-5035      hensgensb@legis.la.gov
Rep. Mike Huval             337-332-3331       huvalm@legis.la.gov
Rep. Sam Jones             337-828-7778       joness@legis.la.gov
Rep. Nancy Landry             337-262-2252      landryn@legis.la.gov
Rep. Terry Landry landryt@legis.la.gov
Rep. Bernard LeBas             337-363-0158      lebasb@legis.la.gov
Rep. Jack Montoucet             337-783-2999      montoucj@legis.la.gov
Rep. Stephen Ortego             337-259-7795      ortegos@legis.la.gov
Rep. Joel Robideaux             337-984-1091      larep045@legis.la.gov
Rep. Ladricka Thierry             337-948-0369      thierryl@legis.la.gov
Rep. Vincent Pierre pierrev@legis.la.gov
Gov. Bobby Jindal http://www.gov.la.gov/index.cfm?md=form&tmp=email_governor

Here is an example letter to send to your Senators and Representatives and Governor!
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing concerning the recent announcement to close LSU Health Systems Pediatric Clinic located on the corner of W Congress and Bertrand in Lafayette, La. That clinic serves as a primary care and emergency care resource for the most undeserved and vulnerable members of our society, our uninsured and Medicaid Children. The clinic sees anywhere from 450-550 patients a month. It is a center of care for conditions that include, but are not limited to:

• Sickle Cell Disease
• Cardiology
• Hiv/Aids/Std’s
• Tuberculosis
• ADHD/Autism and other behavioral disorders
• Special Needs Children
• Occupational Therapy & Speech
• Audiology
• Early Intervention Services
• Pediatric Psychology
• Pediatric Counseling
• OCS—Abused and at risk children
• Other conditions requiring preventative care, Asthma, Diabetes, Obesity

The only point of access for these patients will be in the emergency room, which is absolutely the direction the federal legislators, insurance companies, and government agencies are trying to limit based on their belief that it is an expensive and inefficient means of providing primary care.
Please give this grave matter your immediate attention and voice your concerns about such a massive and devastating blow to the children of our community.
Check it out on facebook….SAVE UMC OF LAFAYETTE JOBS!

www.gov.la.gov

Governor Bobby Jindal’s official Web site includes current issues in focus, public policy, news, video, email newsletters, public events and contact information.

 

Photos of my NayNay – who is an overcomer! Saturday, Jan 28 2012 

Just some random photos of my boys…..some good reasons to save UMC Pediatrics!!!

A video and some media links Saturday, Jan 28 2012 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fytMNlNaBj0

http://www.theind.com/news/9801-acadiana-mom-using-facebook-to-fight-for-umc

http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120126/NEWS01/120126025/Concerned-parent-launches-Facebook-page-supporting-UMC?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

http://www.kadn.com/news/some-university-medical-center-employees-will-be-laid-off

http://www.katc.com/news/umc-could-cut-services/

Save UMC of Lafayette Jobs Saturday, Jan 28 2012 

UMC – A beacon of hope for our community!!

Our “Save UMC of Lafayette Jobs” journey began on Thursday, January 19, 2012, when my son and I were in his speech therapy treatment.

That’s when we were told that due to state budget cuts, the departments my son uses EVERY WEEK were going to be chopped.  I couldn’t stop the tears.  It was just the worst news possible.    You see, my sweet son is only 5 years old, but has some developmental delays, and you can’t tell by just looking at him.  His speech wasn’t very clear, and he has horrible sensory issues.   I cried because I felt WE were on the chopping block.

My son , Nathan, has been receiving awesome help and treatments from UMC over the past several months which have made all the difference in the world.  He is speaking more clearly now.  We understand him more and more all the time, even though he still has connective speech issues.

Nathan has never been able to put his tennis shoes on his own feet by himself.  Bless his heart.  He struggled and just couldn’t get it.  No matter how many times I helped him at home.  But FINALLY, this past Thursday, in his occupational therapy treatment, that baby got his shoes on his feet all. By. Himself.  I could’ve jumped up and down…I do remember clapping and cheering for him. LOL

See, I know where Nathan has been.  I know where Nathan needs to be.  And we’re making progress.  So if our programs get cut, this will be like slamming the door shut on Nathan’s future.  I just can’t let it happen!!

So, this is why I started the Facebook page “Save UMC of Lafayette Jobs” and this blog.  I will email and call anybody I feel necessary and who might can help us.

Please help us Save UMC of Lafayette Jobs!! Not only does my sweet boy depend on UMC, but hundreds and I bet safe to say thousands of people depend on UMC Pediatrics, OB/GYN, ENT, Opthalmology, and Orthopedics.

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!!!!  Please call and email our elected officials!!!  Here’s something I pulled from my Facebook page – Save UMC of Lafayette Jobs.

http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectedOfficialsDatabase/tabid/915/Default.aspx

Click on that link and then get busy emailing and calling these people in powerful positions who can help stop these cuts!!!

Two awesome, good reasons to save UMC Pediatrics!!!!!!