Included are Robert Blereau of Morgan City and Rebecca Accardo of Franklin, who fill the statutorily designated positions for a family practitioner and an obstetrician, respectively.
The Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality serves to provide, through comparison of available data and research, a plan that the state of Louisiana can adopt to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies, sick infants, and infant mortalities. Additionally, the commission compiles and analyzes information on existing infant mortality education programs and makes recommendations for the implementation of public policies, for proposed legislation, and for a statewide program to combat the problem of infant mortality to coordinate and improve the services of the state, local governments, private and voluntary agencies, community organizations, and schools which serve to educate high risk candidates and their families.
According to the statute, the commission is comprised of 16 members, including one member of the Senate appointed by the president of the Senate and one member of the Louisiana House of Representatives appointed by the House of Representatives. The remaining 14 members are the following gubernatorial appointments, subject to Senate confirmation:
Two neonatologists, one of which shall be actively engaged in medical education, and one of which shall be actively engaged in private practice;
One family practitioner;
One female health nurse practitioner;
One representative from a family planning clinic in the state;
One neonatal nurse specialist;
Two health care administrators representing the public and private sector respectively;
One social worker;
One nutritionist; and
Other reappointments to the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality include:
—Dr. Scott Barrilleaux of Youngsville, is co-owner and president of Acadiana Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Barrilleaux will be reappointed to serve as a perinatologist.
—Ronald Budge of Westlake, is director of social services at Allen Parish Hospital. Budge will be reappointed to serve as a social worker.
—Dr. Eddie Dease of Covington, is a physician and CEO of Correct Care Inc. Dease will be reappointed to serve as a health care administrator representing the private sector.
—Pamela Egan of Covington, is a nurse practitioner at Egan Wellness Clinic. Egan will be reappointed to serve as a female health nurse practitioner.
—Dr. Alfred Robichaux of New Orleans, is chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Ochsner Medical Center. Robichaux will be reappointed to serve as a perinatologist.
—Dr. Rajesh Sharma of Gretna, is a neonatologist and pediatrician at Pediatric Kid-Med LLC. Sharma will be reappointed to serve as a pediatrician.
—Dr. Cong Vo of Lafayette, is a neonatologist at Pediatrix Medical Group. Vo will be reappointed to serve as a neonatologist.
—Amy Zapata of New Orleans, is director of the Maternal & Child Health Program in the Office of Public Health at the Department of Health and Hospitals. Zapata will be reappointed to serve as a public health care administrator.