OLOL College announces 2013 award recipients 07/05/2013
Congratulations to Our Lady of the Lake College Alumni Association’s 2013 award recipients. All will be recognized during the 90th Anniversary Celebration on November 16, 2013 at the Renaissance Hotel Baton Rouge.
• Distinguished Alumni - Phyllis Simmons, R.N. Class of 1969 Phyllis Simmons has a quiet spirit of service that has had a huge impact on the health of the people of South Louisiana. During her career at Our Lady of the Lake Phyllis has held many leadership roles, supervising the departments of Risk Management, Occupation Health, Diabetes and Wound Care, serving as the Division Director for Emergency Services (a department with a patient volume of nearly 75,000 visits per year), and is currently the Division Director for Regulatory Management and Infection Control. She has been recognized with the Baton Rouge District Nurse Excellence award for outstanding professional achievement, and OLOL's peer-nominated Mother Gertrude Hennessy Leadership award – the highest honor an OLOL leader can receive.
• Distinguished Recent Alumni - Shanna Cormier, R.N. Classes of 2004, ‘07 and ‘09 Graduating from the Practical Nursing, Association of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in nursing programs at OLOL College, Shanna Cormier has worked hard to achieve high goals in nursing. Today she is a nurse manager at OLOL (managing approximately 25 staff members on a 15 bed Post-Surgical Inpatient unit) and is actively participating in projects related to the OLOL Magnet designation. Shanna gives time to the community, volunteering at Charlie's Place (an Alzheimer's Respite Center), at the Greater Baton Rouge Family YMCA and at the YWCA Early Head Start Program. She has also recently completed a Family Nurse Practitioner Master’s degree.
• Franciscan Impact Recipient - Joe Ann Clark, Ed.D., R.N. Former Director of Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing and Retired Executive Director of the Louisiana State Nurses Association Joe Ann Clark has been behind the scenes supporting nursing and nurse education in Louisiana for over 30 years. From 1973-2000, Dr. Clark taught aspiring nurses at Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing, eventually as the Director of the Division of Nursing. She went on to advocate for the needs of nursing professionals in such roles as Executive Director of the Louisiana State Nurses Association, member of the Louisiana Center for Nursing (LCN) 2010 Governance Advisory Committee and a founding member of the Louisiana Health Care Commission.