Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge General and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales have each been named Hospital of the Year in the large and small hospital categories by the Louisiana State Nurses Association and the Louisiana Nurses Foundation.
“Our nurses are at the forefront of patient care every day, and it is their dedication to providing exceptional, high-quality care and experiences to patients and their families that has earned us recognition as nursing leaders in our community,” said Nicole Telhiard, OLOL chief nursing officer.
“What an honor to see BRG and its nurses recognized for the outstanding leadership and superior care we provide every day to our patients. These three nurses are loyal, kind, caring, compassionate role models, keeping patients at the center of every decision they make in collaboration with our physicians. They prove that nursing is not just a job; it’s a calling,” said Monica Nijoka, Baton Rouge General Chief Nursing Officer.
“Being honored by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation as Hospital of the Year shows the commitment of St. Elizabeth’s nurses to our patients and our community,” said Yvonne Pellerin, chief nursing officer, St. Elizabeth Hospital. “2016 was a year filled with tragedy. The shootings in Baton Rouge, historic flooding, and water contamination in Donaldsonville all directly or indirectly affected our nurses, but despite the adversity, they rose to the challenge and continued to focus on caring for the needs of our patients.”
Our Lady of the Lake tied with Baton Rouge General for the 2017 Hospital of the Year award (160 beds or more).