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Baton Rouge General Honors Diversity and Recognizes Service

24-Feb-2014

Baton Rouge, La. – During the month of February and throughout the year, Baton Rouge General recognizes and celebrates the achievements and valuable contributions of all the ethnicities, cultures and religious backgrounds that make up our communities and strengthen our nation. Recently, at a January 23 service honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Baton Rouge General gave special recognition to Lucinda Clark, Catherine Jackson, Earl Dean Joseph, Gwendolyn Miller and Ethel Rucker, who were among the first African American nurses to work at Baton Rouge General.

Noting the courageous legacy of the nurses, Baton Rouge General’s President and CEO Mark F. Slyter referred to this group of nurses as a shining light in the midst of a dark and difficult time when our entire nation struggled with embracing diversity in communities, schools and hospitals. During the ceremony, Slyter acknowledged that this time in our nation’s history reflects a regrettable past that communities have worked tirelessly to reverse, and noted how far we have come today in embracing and celebrating diversity.

“Baton Rouge General extends unending gratitude to all those, past and present, who have selflessly dedicated their lives to diversity, equality and service,” said Slyter. “Our hospital has a rich history cultivated from both faith-based and ethnically diverse roots. Recognized for embracing diversity at every level, Baton Rouge General's team of caregivers reflects the many different spiritual and cultural backgrounds of the communities we serve – a glowing point of pride for our organization.”

The service also featured Dr. Ernest Mencer, Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center Medical Director, who spoke about his experiences as one of the first African American surgeons at Baton Rouge General. Other speakers at the service included President and CEO Mark F. Slyter, Volunteer Chaplain Johnette Davis, Pastor Ruth Brown, Chaplain Pat Davis, Senior Vice President of Community Relations George Bell, and Reverend Charles Chukwuani.


Pictured at Baton Rouge General’s January 23 service honoring the legacy of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: (Front row, L to R) Ethel Rucker, Gwendolyn Miller,
Earl Dean Joseph, Catherine A. Jackson and Lucinda Clark; (Back row, L to R)
George Bell, Senior Vice President of Community Relations, Baton Rouge General;
Ernest Mencer, MD, Medical Director, Baton Rouge General Regional Burn Center;
Mark F. Slyter, President and CEO, Baton Rouge General

Watch the LPB story on the first African-American nurses at Baton Rouge General.


Courtesy of Louisiana Public Broadcasting – LPB.org

Baton Rouge General acknowledges the 1950's as an undeniably difficult time period when our entire nation struggled with embracing diversity in our communities, schools, and hospitals.  These circumstances reflect a regrettable past for human kind - a time that communities have worked so tirelessly to reverse.

Today, Baton Rouge General shines forth in a new era - an era where diversity is a glowing point of pride.  Recognized for embracing diversity at every level of our organization, Baton Rouge General's nurses and entire staff reflect the communities we so humbly serve.

The General's faith-based legacy spans more than a century, and its circle of caregivers includes thousands of diverse men and women who have devoted their hearts and minds to the ideals of providing exceptional, compassionate care and healing to those suffering from illness and injury.  Our hospital extends unending gratitude to these women, and all our fellow caregivers, past and present, who have selflessly dedicated careers to improving lives and strengthening our community - the mission that defines Baton Rouge General today.



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