St. Elizabeth Hospital chosen as ‘Large Business of the Year’

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Representatives of St. Elizabeth Hospital and St. Elizabeth Physicians receive the Large Business of the Year Award from the Ascension Chamber of Commerce. Pictured from left are Jon Hirsch, Carloyn Donnaud, Melissa Ross, Dee LeJeune, Alice Heath, Lillie Murphy, Leslie Norman, Sue Knight, Pete Guarisco, Jill Lee, Victor Vidaurre, Scott Richard, and Angela Lambert.

St. Elizabeth Hospital was selected as Large Business of the Year by the Ascension Chamber of Commerce during its annual Awards Banquet held on March 12, 2009 at Elegant Affairs in Prairieville.

In presenting the award,  Ascension Chamber of Commerce Chairperson, Rae Milano, cited St. Elizabeth Hospital’s contributions to the community through numerous local organizations, educating the community on important health topics, and providing over two million dollars in uncompensated care in 2008.

She also noted some of the hospital’s many achievements over the past year including receiving the Douglas Manship, Sr. Torch Award for Ethics in Business by the South Central Louisiana Chapter of the Better Business Bureau, receiving the Louisiana Hospital Quality Award at the Gold Level from the Louisiana Healthcare Review, receiving the Louisiana Excellence Performance Award by the Louisiana Quality Foundation, and ranking in the 99th percentile in Team Member Satisfaction as measured by Press Ganey Associates and the 99th percentile in Physician Satisfaction as measured by HealthStream Research.

Also noted was St. Elizabeth Hospital’s continuing commitment to improving access to healthcare in Ascension Parish with the opening of the hospital’s 40,000 square foot expansion, opening the

St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Plaza in Prairieville, and partnering with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to open a radiation therapy center  to provide services locally to those suffering with cancer.

St. Elizabeth Hospital President and CEO, Dee LeJeune accepted the award on behalf of the hospital. 

“It is truly an honor to accept this award.  It is a validation of our team members, medical staff, board, and volunteers who work hard daily to make the hospital the best community hospital. 

Given the level of quality that the other nominees for this award hold, being selected is even more humbling,” she said.

St. Elizabeth Hospital was one of five nominees for the honor. The other nominees were: Air Products and Chemicals, Cox Communications, Home Depot, and InfiniEdge Software.