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Baton Rouge (June 23, 2009) – The Louisiana State Nurses Association (LSNA), District IV, presented professional achievement awards to five members of the University Medical Center nursing staff during the district’s annual Acadiana Celebrates Nursing program.

Cameron Foreman, RN, nurse educator, was recognized for his leadership skills, role as a mentor, and unyielding support of students. 

Lou Ann Gerard, RN, UMC director of patient relations, was recognized for her nursing expertise and patient advocacy. 

Dawn Huggins, RN, BSN, was recognized for her improvement of UMC employee assistance, health, and safety programs.

Lisa Judice, RN, BSN, head of nursing for the Intensive Care Unit, was recognized for training UMC staff in post-Katrina kidney transplant services, her service on hospital committees, and development of the ICU Ventilator Care Bundle.

Peggy McCabe, RN, MSN, nurse educator, was recognized for her comprehensive knowledge and teaching of pediatric care.
The Louisiana State Nurses Association has 13 districts.  District IV includes the parishes of Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermilion, Acadia, Evangeline, and Iberia.

The LSU Health System - Health Care Services Division is one of the largest public health care delivery systems in the country.  It has over 35,000 inpatient admissions, nearly 196,000 inpatient days, 515,500 outpatient clinic visits, 894,000 outpatient encounters, and nearly 244,000 emergency department visits.  Each year nearly 500 residents and fellows from the LSU and Tulane Schools of Medicine and Ochsner Health System and 2,200 nurses and allied health students from many colleges and universities are trained in LSU facilities.

LSU is the largest single provider of uncompensated inpatient care in Louisiana.  LSU HCSD hospitals have an economic impact of over $1.4 billion in asset business activity, $568 million in personal earnings, and generate over 12,000 jobs.

For more information, contact Marvin McGraw, Director of Communications and Media Relations, LSU Health Care Services Division, 225.922.1424 or mmcgra@lsuhsc.edu.