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Date: 09/14/20

Baton Rouge, La. - For the fourth consecutive year, Louisiana Healthcare Connections has been named the Outstanding Employer of the Year by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation. The annual award recognizes a Louisiana company that supports nurses and fosters professional growth, achievement and innovation in the nursing profession.

"Every day, and especially now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses are working tirelessly to deliver compassionate, quality care to the residents of Louisiana. We are fortunate to have so many of these knowledgeable, dedicated nurses on our staff to coordinate care for our members,” said John Kight, DNP, RN, FNPC, Senior Vice President of Population Health for Louisiana Healthcare Connections. “This award exemplifies the outstanding work our nurses do each day, and we are honored to receive it on their behalf.”

Louisiana Healthcare Connections, a Healthy Louisiana Medicaid health plan, employs more than 150 Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Nurse Practitioners across the state. The Nightingale Award recognizes the company’s investment in the professional growth of nurses through internal and external learning opportunities, innovation awards, and workplace recognition programs.

“As nurses, we are on the frontlines of healthcare delivery, and regardless of where the care is delivered, the goal is always the same: to help someone achieve better health,” said Sommer Williams, BSN, RN, CCM, Manager of Medical Management. “Louisiana Healthcare Connections shares its nurses’ passion for helping others, appreciates our experience and knowledge, and demonstrates a commitment to our professional advancement. I am proud to be among its many nurses.”

The Louisiana Nurses Foundation established the Nightingale Awards to recognize Registered Nurses and healthcare institutions across the state for demonstrating leadership, clinical excellence and quality service in the nursing profession.