AMITE--Maureen Biggs, a Family Nurse Practitioner associated with Dr. Derris Ray at 309 Walnut Street, Amite is now a Doctor of Nurse Practitioner.
She has been seeing her patients as nurse practitioner for 15 years. She recently graduated from the University of South Alabama in Mobile where she received her doctorate.
Dr. Biggs also wants to announce that her office has a new member: Mrs. Zandi Hudspeth. Mrs. Hudspeth is a new nurse practitioner working part-time while being trained to be full time at the office shared by Dr. Biggs and Dr. Ray.
While working with Dr. Biggs, Mrs. Hudspeth is also working at the North Oaks Medical Center ER Minor Care section.
Before getting her master’s degree, becoming a nurse practitioner and joining Dr. Biggs Ms. Hudspeth worked at North Oaks Medical Center’s Ob-Gyn Unit as a nurse. She left there to go back to school to get her master’s at the University of Alabama, where she graduated from.
Dr. Maureen Biggs has written an article on diabetes, “Diabetes an Educational Opportunity,” which has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Social Health Information Management.
This particular article was written as part of her doctorate studies and she was the one in her doctorate class to be accepted to be published.
The diabetes article is about a new program now at Hood Memorial Hospital next door. Hood Memorial Hospital is now hosting free monthly diabetic classes.
Dr. Biggs encourages people to come to these classes and get to know Hood Memorial Hospital. “We are the first hospital in the parish to provide these free classes as part of new requirements and recommendations by Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Health, Institute of Medicine.”
Dr. Biggs says these institutions are recommending that hospitals get more involved in chronic illness with preventive care.
Examples of the kind of care which these institutions encourage is routine blood work, routine cholesterol evaluations, and the free diabetic classes now given at Hood Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Biggs wants to encourage people to get to know Hood Memorial and its care. At Hood, “we are all about opportunity. We offer tests if they are interested. Sometimes treatment may be exercises or a change in diet. We offer advice, suggestions for chronic high blood pressure, fatigue."
Dr. Biggs suggests those interested in learning more about Hood Hospital or to sign up for the diabetic classes to call 985-748-9812.
The first free diabetes class will be Thursday, Sept. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at Hood Memorial Hospital on the second floor. All family and friends are welcome.