St. Elizabeth Hospital celebrates five year service awards banquet

Staff reports
Dee LeJeune, president and CEO, St. Elizabeth Hospital, presents a dozen pink roses to Sister Vernola Ann Lyons, OSF, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. St. Elizabeth Hospital honored 25 team members with five years of service at Elegant Affairs in Gonzales Aug. 11.

St. Elizabeth Hospital honored 25 team members with five years of service at Elegant Affairs in Gonzales on Aug. 11.

The venue was transformed into a Hawaiian luau, and team members were greeted with floral leis as they arrived.

President and CEO Dee LeJeune noted the importance of team members to the overall success of the hospital. She thanked them for all they do every day to maintain the impressive strides the hospital has made over the past several years. She spoke of the history of the Franciscan Sisters and the support and dedication the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System has provided.

Each of the honorees received a five year service pin in appreciation for their commitment to St. Elizabeth Hospital and the community it serves. Honorees included: Jessica Babin, Laeisha Barnes, Natasha Bell, Desiree Berger, Nicole Brenn, Terrance Brown, Lenore Charlton, Danielle Clement, Jenny Deroche, Lanice Jones, Watson Gautreau, Paula Glover, Irina Heinrich, Amanda Knight, Debra Landrem, Wanda Marshall, Katherine Moore, Connie Parker, Kimberly Pipsair, Morris Poullard Jr., Makeia Raphael, Jessica Sharp, Casandra Smith, Candace Steely, Tara Steptore, and Davanna West.

A special tribute was paid to Sister Vernola Ann Lyons, OSF, who tirelessly serves St. Elizabeth Hospital with love, compassion, and humor. Guests viewed a video presentation celebrating Sr. Vernola’s life to date. The presentation included photos of her and her twin sister as children and followed her through her ongoing years of service in the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and, more recently, at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Dee LeJeune presented her with a dozen pink roses in appreciation for all she does, and a scrapbook filled with the love and gratitude of the St. Elizabeth Hospital team members. The book contained hundreds of handwritten notes and dozens of sentimental photographs. Sr. Vernola was moved to tears by the outpouring of love she received.

Sr. Vernola grew up in Mire where she excelled in sports and academics. After graduating from Rayne High School, she pursued a nursing degree from McNeese State University in 1964. She entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Convent in Baton Rouge just after graduation. Since that time, Sr. Vernola has served the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in various departments and capacities.

Shown from left are Jason Kutinac, director of cardiopulmonary services; Keith Soileau, information services; Sue Knight, vice president of finance; and Ron Letourneau, medical technologist.