July Wellness Champion – Vanessa Jarrell

We’d like to recognize our Lemoine Wellness Champion of the Month for July – Vanessa Jarrell!

 For those of you who don’t know, Vanessa came to Lemoine through a temp service due to Hurricane Katrina damaging her home and her work, which allowed her to purchase property in Breaux Bridge. She became full-time at Lemoine in January of 2006. In March of 2013, she left to return to the oil field industry. We are happy that she rejoined the Lemoine Family in March of 2019. She is currently working in our Infrastructure Division as Special Projects Assistant.

To stay healthy, Vanessa starts her day around 4:30am to walk 2 miles. Throughout the day, she drinks lots of water, eats healthy meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and does P-90X or T-25 trainings in the evenings. She ends her night around 9:00pm with a 4-mile walk/run.

When asking Vanessa what motivates her to stay active and healthy, she says “I have always been an active person. I’m very athletic and competitive. What motivates me the most is my mom who fought a 27-year battle with cancer. She focused on her health and eating right along with exercise, even while going through Chemo. Still today when things get tough, I picture her walking those 5K walks to support Miles Perret when she had just completed Chemo the day before. She never quit nor complained about her circumstance! Her positive attitude and giving heart are what drive me each day along with my husband, Scott, who is my biggest supporter”.

Vanessa’s journey has allowed her to lose 25 pounds and 21 ¼ total inches! She shares that she feels amazing, has unlimited energy, and does not require as much sleep. Vanessa’s advice on living a healthy lifestyle is “it starts with you getting up, taking that first step, and just DOING IT! Take care of your body and it will take care of you!”

Awesome job, Vanessa! We are so proud of you! Keep striving to be a healthier version of yourself every day!

Ochsner St. Tammany Cancer Center Topping Out

On July 16, Lemoine joined Ochsner leaders and community officials to celebrate the Topping Out of Ochsner’s Cancer Center in Covington, LA. 
The traditional ceremony takes place in recognition of a project’s last beam being put into place.
The new $30+ million medical center spans 73,500 SF and sits on an approximate 8-acre site. Construction is slated to be completed in April of 2021.

Groundbreaking at Oceans Baton Rouge

On July 9th, we dug in with Oceans Healthcare, state, and community leaders to mark the start of construction that will end the long-term vacancy of the New Era Medical Office Complex on Howell Boulevard in Baton Rouge.  Oceans’ newest location will provide inpatient hospital and group therapy outpatient services, creating over 85 jobs within the area.

Working in partnership with the Parish of East Baton Rouge, Mayors Office, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, and Oceans Healthcare, New Era Partners acquired the former surgical hospital and Medical Office Building located in North Baton Rouge that has been closed since 2016. The acquisition and capital investment by New Era Partners on behalf of Oceans Healthcare will convert the surgical hospital into a 40-bed behavioral hospital that will become a center of excellence for geriatric mental and behavioral healthcare in the greater Baton Rouge market. In addition, the Medical Office Building will be utilized for outpatient behavioral services and include local providers in the North Baton Rouge community. Anticipated completion of the hospital conversion is January 2021. Providers in the community will begin to access the Medical Office Building by April 2020.

Earlier this year, Lemoine completed Oceans Behavioral Hospital Hammond, a 32-bed facility which provides inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment options for geriatric patients located along the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain in the greater New Orleans market.