HMS Newsletter

Monthly Hospital Medicine Service News


Welcome to the first edition of HMS Newsletter, an informative newsletter to provide valuable communication among our Physicians, Nurses, and Office Support Staff. Please feel free to submit any topic suggestions or information to be added to Lori Koonce @

MDs Minutes

  • If you are not receiving emails from SutureSign, Please Release and Safelist Suturesign emails in your Email Quarantine reports.
  • Please sign all SutureSign documents and mail at minimum of your first day of service and last day of service.
  • Don't Forget to Update eDOD in ImBills Daily.
  • Schedule Requests should be forwarded to Dr. Mendler and also placed in the "Request Binder"
  • New Billing Codes for End of Life Discussions, Advanced Care Planning, CPT 99497 & 99498, worth 1.5 and 1.4 in selected wRVUs.

New Faces

Please welcome the newest addition to our HMS Team!

Ashleigh St Germain, RN, Clincial Care Coordinator

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Congratulations to Tori Soleto, RN for accepting the new role of PTS.

W-2s are Available Online

Print your W2 online through Lawson Employee Self Service Special Events tab if you have authorized to receive your 2015 W2 electronically. If you did not, the W2 was mailed Feb 1, 2016.

HMS Nurses' Notes

  • Be sure you are working on your CEU's if you are planning to apply for CAPs in the Fall.
  • Available CAP Credit for Volunteers for Wellness Day for Women, Saturday, February 27th, 2016 at Pennington Biomedical Research Center from 7:30am-12:30pm. Contact Myra Russell at or 765-6330 to sign up.
  • LPG is working to implement an LPG Journal Club using evidence-based articles. Look for more information to come as it is available.
  • We are piloting scheduling TCM visits through EPIC with Dr. Durwin Walker and Dr. Patrick Walker's office at OLOLPG Watson Clinic. Please see Twayna Spann, Melissa Kelly, Karyn Crafton, or (after February 9th) Lori Koonce and Tori Soleto to assist in making these TCM appointments.

Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hopsital Groundbreaking

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 10am

Heart and Vascular Institute Lobby

SHM Conference

Sunday, March 6th, 6am to Wednesday, March 9th, 6pm

San Diego, CA, United States

San Diego, CA

2016 Trauma Symposium: Life in the Trenches

Friday, April 8th, 7:30am-4:30pm

7000 Bluebonnet Boulevard

Baton Rouge, LA

Physicians and Nurses Invited to Attend

6.5 CEU credit

Registration is Required by April 1, 2016

Early Bird Cost (before March 11, 2016) $100

Late Registration (after March 11, 2016) $120

Students, Franciscn Missionaries of Our Lady, and Our Lady of the Lake Team Members/Retirees $75

Pre-Hospital Providers, LOPA, and Neuromedical Staff $75

Physicians $100