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Interim LSU Public Hospital and Chabert Nurses Honored at Great 100 Celebration

Keithen Potts, Kenya Knox Lewis and, in front, Kenneth Lewis

Baton Rouge Five nurses at Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center (LJCMC) in Houma, La., and eight nurses at the Interim LSU Public Hospital (ILH), in New Orleans, were honored at the 25th annual Great 100 Nurses celebration. The event honors 100 great registered nurses in Louisiana and their contribution to their profession and state.

Honorees included, from LJCMC, Wendy Rotolo, Paige Robichaux, Shane Robichaux, Linda Steck and Fabian Whitney and, from ILH, Sequilla Gant, Brannon Gillies, Goldie Huguenel, Janice Hynes, Michelle Keller, Patricia Keller, DNS, Kenya Knox-Lewis and Dorothy Naquin-Plaisance.

Wendy Rotolo, Paige Robichaux, Shane Robichaux, Linda Steck & Fabian Whitney

"Our nurses have the dual responsibility of working in patient care and medical education," said Dr. Roxane Townsend, ILH Interim CEO. "They excel in both capacities and are very deserving of this recognition."

The event recognizes exemplary nurses based on their concern for humanity and contribution to their community and the nursing profession. Colleagues, community leaders, physicians, patients and nurses' families nominate nurses for the honor.

Dorothy Naquin Plaisance, Goldie Huguenel, Brannon Gillies, & Janice Hynes

"We have long known of the dedication and quality patient care our nurses bring to our patients," said Rhonda Green, LJCMC CEO. "We have always held their work in high esteem and congratulate them on this honor."

Approximately 2000 nurse executives, hospital administrators, physicians, community and political leaders and family and friends of this year's 100 honorees as well as past honorees attended the event at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, La., on October 26.

Patricia Poolson and Sequilla Gant

Keynote speaker Linda Aiken, Ph.D., FAAN, FRCN, discussed the future of nursing. P.K. Scheerle, Chair of Great 100 and founder of the event, reflected on the meaning of the honor to be chosen. New Orleans entrepreneur Ronnie Lamarque provided opening remarks and song. During the invocation, Kristen Gant, student volunteer at ILH and daughter of honoree Sequilla Gant, accompanied Mr. Lamarque in singing "How Great Thou Art."

Funds raised at the event are dedicated to The Great 100 Nurses Foundation and are housed at the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Each year 100 percent of funds raised go toward targeted efforts in nursing.

Patricia Keller
Michelle Keller