St. Elizabeth Hospital earns Hospital of the Year Award

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales have been named Hospital of the Year in its hospital category by the Louisiana State Nurses Association and the Louisiana Nurses Foundation.

Being honored by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation as Hospital of the Year shows the commitment of St. Elizabeth’s nurses to our patients and our community,” said Yvonne Pellerin, chief nursing officer, St. Elizabeth Hospital. “2016 was a year filled with tragedy. The shootings in Baton Rouge, historic flooding, and water contamination in Donaldsonville all directly or indirectly affected our nurses, but despite the adversity, they rose to the challenge and continued to focus on caring for the needs of our patients.”

This is the fifth time St. Elizabeth has been named Hospital of the Year. St. Elizabeth earned the award in 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

The honor was announced on April 1 at the 16th annual Nightingale Awards ceremony, an event that recognizes quality service, commitment and excellence for registered nurses in the state of Louisiana.

The Nightingale Awards also recognize individuals for excellence in nursing. Charla Johnson, RN, MSN, ONC, manager of community and provider education at St. Elizabeth Hospital, was presented with the Outstanding Nurse Researcher of the Year Award. A native of the Baton Rouge area, Johnson has served St. Elizabeth and the Gonzales community for four years, and is a past winner of the Outstanding Community Achievement by a Registered Nurse Award.