BR, Gonzales hospitals receive state honors _lowres

Photo provided by Jon Hirsch -- Three registered nurses from St. Elizabeth Hospital picked up awards March 28 at the 14th annual Nightingale Awards ceremony, an event that recognizes quality service, commitment and excellence for registered nurses in the state. Honored, from left are Charla Johnson, Yvonne Pellerin and Rosie Kiper.

St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge have been named Hospital of the Year in the small and large hospital categories, respectively, by the Louisiana State Nurses Association and the Louisiana Nurses Foundation.

This is the fourth time St. Elizabeth Hospital has been named Hospital of Year and the sixth time for Our Lady of the Lake. St. Elizabeth previously earned the award in 2006, 2011 and 2012. Our Lady of the Lake earned the award in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

The honors were announced on March 28 at the 14th annual Nightingale Awards ceremony, an event that recognizes quality service, commitment and excellence for registered nurses in Louisiana, a news release said.

The Nightingale Awards also recognized individuals for excellence in nursing.

The following St. Elizabeth and Our Lady of the Lake nurses received honors at the event:

Charla Johnson, of St. Elizabeth, Outstanding Community Achievement by a Registered Nurse Award

Yvonne Pellerin, of St. Elizabeth, Nursing Administrator of the Year

Rosie Kiper, of St. Elizabeth, Nurse Educator of the Year

Jerre Hinds, of Our Lady of the Lake, Nurse of the Year

John Wilson, of Our Lady of the Lake, Clinical Practice Nurse of the Year

Kieran Foley, of Our Lady of the Lake, Rookie of the Year

Coletta Barrett, of Our Lady of the Lake, Hall of Fame inductee

Lisa Skemp, of Our Lady of the Lake College, Outstanding Nurse Researcher of the Year.

“Every day, our nurses are at the forefront of patient care. It is this work that results in our hospitals being recognized as national leaders in improving processes of care and patient outcomes,” said John J. Finan Jr., president of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. “Congratulations to our 2015 Nightingale winners who exemplify the spirit of healing to which we are called to answer every day.”

Our Lady of the Lake, a not-for-profit 850-bed medical center in Baton Rouge, and St. Elizabeth, a 78-bed acute care facility in Gonzales, are both part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.