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ILH and Chabert Nurses Honored at Great 100 Celebration

ILH registered nurses at the event included, left to right, Stacey Leblanc, Kim 

Barcia, Claudia Celestand, Kristin Borne and Melissa Carlson.   Leblanc and Carlson 

are previous Great 100 honorees.
ILH registered nurses at the event included, left to right, Stacey Leblanc, Kim Barcia, Claudia Celestand, Kristin Borne and Melissa Carlson. Leblanc and Carlson are previous Great 100 honorees.

New Orleans -- Four nurses at the Interim LSU Public Hospital (ILH) in New Orleans and six nurses at Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center (LJCMC) in Houma were among the Great 100 nurses honored by the Great 100 Nurses Foundation at the 26th annual Great 100 Nurses celebration. The event honors 100 great registered nurses in Louisiana and their contribution to their profession and the state.

ILH nurses Kimberly Barcia, Claudia Celestand, Cynthia Gould and Amanda Theriot and LJCMC nurses Mary Lou Carbo, Marguerite Breaux, Charlotte Daigle, Holly Daquana, Tracy Robert and Kelly Trahan were among the 100 nurses chosen to be this year's honorees.

"The excellent skills our nurses possess and their dedication to their profession allow us to fulfill our dual mission as a tertiary hospital delivering highly complex healthcare and training Louisiana's future healthcare professionals," said Dr. Juzar Ali, Interim ILH CEO. "The ILH nurses selected to be among the Great 100 prove every day to be worthy of the honor."

Chabert registered nurses at the event included, left to right, Kelly Trahan, Holly Daquana, Tracy Roberts, Mary Lou Carbo, Charlotte Daigle and Marguerite Breaux.
Chabert registered nurses at the event included, left to right, Kelly Trahan, Holly Daquana, Tracy Roberts, Mary Lou Carbo, Charlotte Daigle and Marguerite Breaux.

The event recognizes exemplary nurses for 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.

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 24.

"Without our nurses, the excellent reputation of Chabert wouldn't exist," said Rhonda Green, LJCMC CEO. "The Chabert nurses chosen to be among the Great 100 contribute daily to the hospital's tradition of quality healthcare, and they are to a large degree responsible for the delivery of this healthcare."

Speaking at the celebration, P.K. Scheerle, chair of Great 100 and founder of the event, discussed the history of the annual recognition and the Great 100 Nurses Foundation. Conceived in 1986, the event honors 100 great nurses and their contribution to Louisiana and their profession. Patients, colleagues, community leaders, friends and families of nurses nominate candidates for the honor, who are selected based on their concern for humanity and their contribution to the community and the nursing profession.

Funds raised at the event are placed in a dedicated fund called The Great 100 Nurses Foundation, which is housed at the Greater New Orleans Foundation. With no administrative overhead, the foundation will use 100 percent of the fund for this year's efforts, which include media coverage for the nurse heroes, recruitment and retention of experienced nurses at the bedside, healthcare research, publication of nursing advancements and implementation of such advancements.