The Louisiana Hospital Association in September honored a group of state representatives and senators as Champions for Healthcare.

The LHA applauds these lawmakers for the work they have done protecting access to quality care for their communities over the past four years, a news release said.

“We thank these senators and representatives for making patients and hospitals a priority and listening to a majority of their Louisiana constituents who oppose unsustainable health care budget cuts,” LHA President and CEO Paul Salles said. “Through their hard work, these Champions for Healthcare helped to avert a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, and they prevented proposed funding reductions for hospital emergency rooms, medically fragile infants, rural providers and other life-saving services. Louisiana hospitals commend these legislators for their strong leadership on health care issues in Louisiana.”

The LHA launched a website,, that allows Louisiana residents to search for their local Champions for Healthcare by ZIP code, the release said. It contains photos and contact information, including links to legislators’ Facebook and Twitter pages, if available.

Established in 1926, the Louisiana Hospital Association is a nonprofit organization representing hospitals and health care provider groups across the state.

Ascension Parish officials honored were Reps. John A. Berthelot, Eddie J. Lambert, Ed Price and Clay Schexnayder and Sen. Jody Amedee.