Ginger Hunt, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Primary Care Providers for a Healthy Feliciana in Clinton, was an inductee at the 14th annual Nightingale Gala Awards.

The Louisiana Nurses Foundation, which recognizes outstanding nurses and health care professionals in Louisiana, celebrated its annual awards ceremony March 28 in Baton Rouge.

Categories included the Louisiana Nurses Foundation Hall of Fame induction, which honors a recipient’s lifelong commitment to the profession of nursing as well as his or her health impact and/or social impact on the state.

Hunt has been a practicing nurse for 52 years.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Northwestern State University, a Master of Science degree in mental health nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi and earned her family nurse practitioner certification from the Mississippi University for Women.

Hunt has worked in the Baton Rouge area as an administrator, clinician, educator and staff nurse. She is president of the Louisiana Primary Care Association.

Hunt has worked during the past 15 years to achieve her dream of providing affordable, quality healthcare to the residents of rural, underserved East Feliciana Parish where she was born — a desire and vision identified in 1978 while attending graduate school, according to a news release.

With that goal in mind, Hunt returned to school in 1990 to continue her education in a doctoral program, but her focus shifted to clinical practice and she became a nurse practitioner in 1994.

In 1999, Hunt and Darie Gilliam, a fellow nurse practitioner, set up practice in Dr. Robert K. Munson’s 800-square-foot clinic in Clinton upon his retirement.

Hunt’s vision has turned Primary Care Providers for a Healthy Feliciana into an eight-clinic operation — four primary care and four school-based clinics — across four parishes: East Feliciana, Livingston, Tangipahoa and West Baton Rouge.

The operation’s main site in Clinton is RKM Primary Care, which was named after Munson.

Overall, PCPHF features 22 social workers that provide behavioral health services at the clinics and at area schools, a team of nurse practitioners led by Hunt, Gilliam as medical director and a 148-member staff.