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Mar 09, 2013
Governor Bobby Jindal Announces the Appointment of Gaye Dean to the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality

BATON ROUGE- Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of Gaye Dean to the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality. 

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 sixteen 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 fourteen 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 obstetrician; 
  • One family practitioner; 
  • One pediatrician; 
  • 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 
  • Two perinatologists.
Gaye Dean, MBA, RNC, NNP, of Shreveport, is the Chief Nursing Officer at Willis Knighton Pierremont Health Center. Dean will be appointed to serve as a neonatal nurse specialist, as required by statute. 

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