Nurses Honored at Baton Rouge General's 2014 Nurse Excellence Banquet


Baton Rouge, La. – Nurses, clinicians and ancillary professionals were honored for excellence in nursing at Baton Rouge General’s 2014 Nurse Excellence Awards Ceremony and Banquet on May 6, 2014 at the Renaissance Hotel. The annual event recognizes nurses and individuals whose contributions and leadership advance the practice of nursing, and support the health and wellness of our communities. The ceremony opened with a welcome by Anna Cazes, DNS, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for Baton Rouge General. Mark F. Slyter, President and CEO of Baton Rouge General, Ernest Mencer, MD, Medical Director of Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center, and Dhuval Adhvaryu, MD, also provided remarks for the awards presentation.

A special presentation was given to honor this year’s “Hall of Fame” award recipients. Lucinda Clark, Ida Henderson, Catherine Jackson, Earl Dean Joseph, Gwendolyn Miller and Ethel Rucker were recognized for their dedication to providing exceptional care and for their pioneering roles as the local hospital community’s first African-American nurses at Baton Rouge General during the 1950s.

Two nursing scholarships were also presented at the ceremony to 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 2014 Baton Rouge General Nurse Excellence Award winners and Nursing Scholarship recipients are as follows:


Hall of Fame Honorees







(Pictured L to R): Catherine Jackson; Earl Dean Joseph; Lucinda Clark; Gwendolyn Miller; Ethel Rucker;
Ida Henderson (award posthumously accepted by her daughter, Joan Forbes).


Ancillary Friend of Nursing

Jenny Chiasson
Emergency Department




Physician Friend of Nursing

James Crowell, MD
Emergency Medicine




Physician Friend of Nursing

Alicia Taylor, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology




Edith LoBue Nursing Leadership

Denise Bradford, MSN, RN
Nursing Administration




Nurse of the Year

Traci Parrish, BSN, RNC/OB
Birth Center




Nurse of the Year

Hassel Derouen-Miller, BSN, RN




Non-Traditional Nurse of the Year

Todd Abington, RN
Information Systems




Nurse Rookie of the Year

Hannah Daigle, BSN, RN
Emergency Department




2014 Nursing Scholarship Recipients:

Tiffany Simon, RN
Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Nursing Education Scholarship Recipient

James Murphy Haydel, RN, CCRN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Louisiana-Lafayette
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 between 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. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

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, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.