Nurses Honored at Baton Rouge General's 2013 Nurse Excellence Awards Banquet

17-May-2013 Baton Rouge, La. – Nurses, clinicians and ancillary professionals were honored for excellence in nursing at Baton Rouge General’s 2013 Nurse Excellence Awards Ceremony and Banquet on May 9, 2013 at the Renaissance Hotel. The annual event recognizes nurses and individuals whose contributions support nursing in the following categories: Hall of Fame, Edith LoBue Leadership, Nurse of the Year, Non-Traditional Nurse of the Year, Nurse Rookie of the Year, Ancillary Friend of Nursing and Physician Friend of Nursing. The ceremony opened with welcoming remarks by Anna Cazes, DNS, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Baton Rouge General. Evelyn Hayes, MD, Interim President and CEO, Baton Rouge General, provided remarks for the awards presentation, and Wanda Hughes, PhD, RN, Director of Quality and Patient Safety, Baton Rouge General, delivered the keynote address. Closing remarks were given by Erin Zeringue, Vice President of Quality and Performance Improvement, Baton Rouge General.

Two nursing scholarships were also presented at the ceremony to help support nurses advancing their nursing education. Andrew Olinde, MD, Chief of Medical Staff, Baton Rouge General, presented the nursing scholarship awards. Scholarships are awarded to nurses for their commitment to the highest nursing standards and providing exceptional patient care.

The 2013 Baton Rouge General Nurse Excellence Award winners and Nursing Scholarship recipients are as follows:

  Frankie King Courtney, RN, BS
Hall of Fame

Lou Wilda Harris
Ancillary Friend of Nursing

Neel Shah, MD
Pediatrics Service Chief, Baton Rouge General
Physician Friend of Nursing

  Melissa Monroe, RN, MSN, BSN
Edith LoBue Nursing Leadership

  Laura Davis, RN, BSN
Same Day Surgery
Traditional Nurse of the Year


Elizabeth Spreen, RN, BSN, PCCN
Burn Unit
Non-Traditional Nurse of the Year

  Michelle Lowry, RN, BSN
Nurse Rookie of the Year


2013 Nursing Scholarship Recipients:

Ashley Bordelon, BSN, RNC-OB
Master of Science in Clinical Nursing Leadership, University of South Alabama,
Nursing Education Scholarship Recipient

Kia Gordon, BSN, RN
Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Management, Walden University
Nursing Education Scholarship Recipient

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds on two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited
teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information about Baton Rouge General, please visit