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Ochsner researchers offer new care model for chronically ill

Photo provided by Fitbit-- The Fitbit Surge tracks the steps you take, calories you burn and other measurements of activity. It also displays your heart rate, which can be helpful for those who want to monitor their exertion level.

Apps and wearables could play a key role in treating the rapidly increasing number of people with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart and kidney disease, according to two Ochsner Clinical School researchers. The current delivery model is poorly constructed to manage the epidemic of chronic disease, which now accounts for 75 percent… Continue reading →

Business Honors for March 29, 2015

Tony Clayton, of Clayton and Fruge

Tulane Health System’s Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children has received national recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility under a global program of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. The goal is to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies through breast-feeding and immediate skin-to-skin bonding.… Continue reading →

People in Business for March 29, 2015

Christel Slaughter, SSA Consultants

Baker Marine Solutions in Covington named Robert Socha as vice president of business development for U.S. and international operations of the company. Socha was executive vice president of marketing and sales with Bollinger Shipyards. Matthew Weeks has been elected to the board of directors of DonahueFavret Contractors Inc. Weeks serves… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for March 29, 2015

IberiaBank has opened a branch at 2401 Canal St. in Mid-City in New Orleans. “This full-service branch provides easy access for servicing the new Medical Corridor businesses and neighbors,” said Hunter G. Hill, the bank’s New Orleans market president. Branch hours are 9 a.m. until… Continue reading →

$5 billion Dow Chemical, Olin deal includes some Louisiana facilities

Dow Chemical is breaking off a significant part of its chlorine operations — including those in Plaquemine — in a deal with Olin Corp. valued at $5 billion. Olin owns a plant in St. Gabriel. Dow has been under pressure from hedge fund Third Point LLC to split its specialty chemical and petrochemical businesses. Dow… Continue reading →

Breaux to take over as Associated Grocers CEO

Emile Breaux, Associated Grocers Inc.

Emile R. Breaux will become president and CEO of Associated Grocers on June 1, completing a management transition that started more than a year ago. At the end of Associated Grocers’ current fiscal year, Breaux will take over from J.H. “Jay” Campbell Jr., who has been president and CEO since February 1995. Campbell will remain with Associated… Continue reading →

$500 million pipeline system to link Motiva refineries in Norco, Convent

Motiva Enterprises said Thursday it will connect its refineries in Norco and Convent to create the Louisiana Refining System. The first step will be to build a Maurepas pipeline system — three pipelines that will connect the refineries and link the existing LOCAP terminal in St. James to Norco. The pipeline system will cost $500 million to… Continue reading →

Texas judge: Tom Benson likely can’t recover Saints, Pelicans shares he gave to now-estranged relatives

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson waves at the media before a press conference about the Saints reporting for 2013 Training Camp including meetings, physicals, and conditioning at the Saints Training Facility in Metairie, Thursday, July 25, 2013.

If Tom Benson is going to cut his now-estranged daughter and grandchildren off from any future involvement with the Saints and Pelicans, he needs to remove shares of the sports teams from a group of trusts benefiting his relatives and replace them with assets of equal value. Benson and his lawyers believe he has the assets… Continue reading →

Temporary overseers of Texas trust caught up in Benson dispute urge family to find ‘a peaceful resolution’

Former Mayor Phil Hardberger, left, and lawyer Art Bayern have been appointed by Bexar County Probate Court Judge Tom Rickhoff as Co-Receivers in the case concerning Tom Benson's assets.  Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. ORG XMIT: B64150848Z.1

The two men appointed to oversee a Texas trust that Tom Benson was temporarily suspended from managing urged the Saints and Pelicans owner this week to seek “a peaceful resolution” to the sprawling legal war he and his now-estranged daughter are waging against each other. “This suit has ensnarled an honorable family and… Continue reading →

Lafayette’s Global Data Systems to acquire MidSouth Technologies in Lockport

Lafayette-based Global Data Systems said it will acquire MidSouth Technologies of Lockport, a move that the company said will make it a premier provider of maritime communication services in the Western Hemisphere. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it will bring together Global Data’s background in IP voice communications, data center/cloud, security and… Continue reading →

Temporary trust overseers withdraw lawsuit against Tom Benson

Former Mayor Phil Hardberger, left, and lawyer Art Bayern have been appointed by Bexar County Probate Court Judge Tom Rickhoff as Co-Receivers in the case concerning Tom Benson's assets.  Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. ORG XMIT: B64150848Z.1

The two men appointed to oversee a Texas trust that Tom Benson was temporarily suspended from running have voluntarily withdrawn a lawsuit they filed against the Saints and Pelicans owner. Former San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger said Wednesday that he and Art Bayern, an estate lawyer, took that step at the request of Bexar… Continue reading →

Tyger Gifts closing in Metairie

Tyger Gifts, a 31-year-old Metairie business that specializes in LSU and New Orleans Saints apparel and merchandise, is closing. The business at 3030 Severn Ave., will shut down Friday, said Susan Bankston, the daughter of Grace and Marvin Bankston, who founded Tyger Gifts. In January, the Harvey location at 1818 Manhattan Blvd. closed when its lease expired.… Continue reading →

Wetland Resources wins Water Challenge

Wetland Resources LLC wants to create sustainable, long-lasting storm protection for Louisiana cities through large-scale planting of cypress forests. That idea won the fifth annual Water Challenge business pitch competition. The challenge, sponsored by Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Idea Village, was held Monday at the Chicory as… Continue reading →

InnoGenomics wins $80,000 JEDCO Challenge

A company that is developing a blood test to detect and monitor cancer won the 2015 Jefferson Economic Development Commission Challenge and close to $80,000 in cash and business services that go with the top prize. InnoGenomics Technologies’ services include genetic testing that allows forensic scientists to unravel even the most challenging DNA evidence. The company is… Continue reading →

New Orleans port cargo hits 14-year high

Photo provided by the Port of New Orleans -- Stevedore Coastal Cargo Co. handles steel wire rod coil at the Louisiana Avenue Terminal at the Port of New Orleans recently. Steel imports rose more than 100 percent in 2014, leading to a 14-year high for Port general cargo at its public docks.

Nearly 8.4 million tons of cargo passed through the Port of New Orleans’ public docks in 2014, the highest annual total since 2000. The amount of cargo at the docks increased 28 percent over the 2013 numbers, officials said. “It was a busy year for the port, and these numbers reflect the success we’ve realized… Continue reading →

Blue Cross program for chronically ill could change care, cut insurance costs for patients, doctors in La.

A program designed to improve care for people with chronic conditions, like high blood pressure and heart disease, is expected to slash costs for patients, employers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. But Quality Blue Primary Care may also transform the way doctors statewide care for those patients. “Blue Cross is such… Continue reading →

People in Business for March 22, 2015

Kay White, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Nicole Castleberry has been named chief financial officer at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington. Castleberry was vice president of finance for HCA’s Parkridge Health System in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Entergy Corp. has elected to its board of directors Patrick J. Condon and Karen A. Puckett. Condon,… Continue reading →

Business Honors for March 22, 2015

Entergy Corp. has been named a Top Corporation for Women’s Business Enterprises by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. The national awards honor corporations for supplier diversity programs that reduce barriers and drive growth for Women’s Business Enterprises. Tulane Health System’s Stroke Program has earned the American Heart… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for March 22, 2015

Children’s Hospital and Touro have joined the Gulf South Quality Network. GSQN is a collaborative network that allows physicians to share clinical best practices, with the goal of improving the quality of patient care while reducing costs, said Gregory C. Feirn, chief executive officer of LCMC Health, the parent… Continue reading →

New Orleans casino winnings post drop in February

A severe drop in business at the Harrah’s land-based casino dragged down the New Orleans gambling market in February, causing winnings to be 6.7 percent lower than they were a year earlier. The three riverboats, slots at the Fair Grounds and Harrah’s brought in nearly $55.3 million last month, according to figures released Thursday by Continue reading →

Finalists for Get Started NOLA announced

Five finalists for the Get Started NOLA pitch competition have been announced. Competing in the event, which is a joint venture between Cox Business and Inc. magazine are: AxoSim Technologies, which created a 3D cell-based model which mimics living tissue for drug development. DryTunes Waterprof Speakers, a high-fidelity wireless speaker that… Continue reading →