Awards and Honors

Our mission reminds us that we are inspired by St. Francis to be a healing ministry for all God’s people. It is inspiring to know that many others recognize the excellence we strive to bring to every patient at every encounter.

St. Elizabeth Hospital was one of only 58 hospitals nationwide named a Top General Hospital by the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization pushing for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American healthcare. St. Elizabeth was among 3 percent of hospitals nationwide to earn the award, and the only one in Louisiana.

St. Francis Medical Center opened a new campus in February 2017, its first in Lincoln Parish. The Ruston Medical Office Building provides primary care, imaging, lab services and specialty clinics.

Our Lady of the Angels was named among the Top Hospitals in the Greater New Orleans area for 2017 by New Orleans Magazine. Based on Medicare survey data, three out of four patients rated Our Lady of the Angels 9 out of 10 or better and would recommend it to others.

Our Lady of the Lake was one of eight teaching hospitals in America chosen for the National Graduate Medical Education Initiative. Along with elite institutions such as Cleveland Clinic and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Our Lady of the Lake will help develop and test innovations in how physicians and nurses are trained nationwide.

Our Lady of Lourdes became the first hospital in Acadiana to combine the Trumpf 7000dV advanced operating table with the newest daVinci Xi robot. This investment allowed surgeons to diversify and expand the types of robotic- assisted surgeries performed using the Xi, including firsts in transoral and cardiovascular robotic cases.

St. Elizabeth Hospital earned re-accreditation by The Joint Commission in 2017 for demonstrating compliance with national standards for healthcare quality and safety. Hospitals are assessed on more than 275 standards of organization-level performance including patient rights, patient treatment and infection control.

In October 2016, Our Lady of the Lake College changed its name to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University. Founded in 1923, the University now has 1,400 students and is accredited to award doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associates degrees in nursing, health sciences, humanities, behavioral and natural sciences.

St. Francis Medical Center introduced several new technologies to enhance the level of care provided in the community, including the LINX procedure for gastro esophageal reflux disease; and a pair of technologies for earlier, more accurate breast cancer detection: Genius 3-D mammography and the 3D Affirm prone biopsy guidance system.

Our Lady of the Angels earned re-accreditation from the College of American Pathologists for its hospital laboratory. CAP conducts peer review and inspection to ensure accredited laboratories meet high standards of operation and procedures.

Our Lady of Lourdes and Heart Hospital both received a 4-star designation on the first ever Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services overall hospital quality star ratings, released in July 2016. The designation reflects high performance in 57 care measures, and these hospitals were the only two in the region to be acknowledged with 4 stars.

The Louisiana State Nurses Association and Louisiana Nurses Foundation named Our Lady of the Lake Hospital of the Year (160 beds or greater) for 2017. It’s the eighth time Our Lady of the Lake has received the honor.

Our Lady of the Angels earned re-accreditation by The Joint Commission in 2017 for demonstrating compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety. Hospitals are assessed on more than 275 standards of organization-level performance including patient rights, patient treatment and infection control.

St. Francis Medical Center earned several awards in 2017, including American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Silver; NSTEMI Achievement Award in heart attack care; and the ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for demonstrating sustained, top level performance in quality of care and adherence to guideline recommendations.

St. Elizabeth Hospital earned a 4-star rating out of five for quality and patient satisfaction in the annual Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, commonly known as HCAHPS.

Our Lady of the Lake earned several notable accreditations and reaccreditations in 2017, including:

  • Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
  • Re-accreditation as a Comprehensive Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
  • And Cardiac MRI Accreditation from the American College of Radiology for excellence in heart imaging.

As part of ongoing initiatives to streamline and improve operating efficiencies, St. Francis Medical Center successfully transitioned from two emergency departments to one, and from three outpatient campuses to two, while improving patient and staff satisfaction.

Our Lady of Lourdes garnered honors as a Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award winner for the sixth year in a row from the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines® program. It was the second year in a row Our Lady of Lourdes earned a spot on the Elite Plus Honor Roll for exemplary care in treatment outcomes of stroke patients.

St. Elizabeth Hospital became the first hospital in Louisiana to achieve Exemplar Status from Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders, or NICHE. The designation recognizes premier hospital destinations with a commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65 years and older.

U.S. News & World Report recognized Our Lady of the Angels as one of the nation’s Best Hospitals in 2017. Our Lady of the Angels earned a 4-star out of five rating for patient experience.

Our Lady of the Lake was one of three hospitals in the nation to earn the prestigious Quest for Quality Prize, awarded by the American Hospital Association and McKesson Corp. The Prize recognizes innovation and national leadership in delivering more efficient, safer care.

Our Lady of Lourdes added Southside High School in Youngsville to the LourdesSportsCare alliance, bringing to 11 the number of public and private high schools in Lafayette and St. Martin parishes for which the hospital provides sideline athletic trainers, injury clinics and sports medicine care.

St. Elizabeth Hospital won a Nightingale Award as Hospital of the Year (61 to 160 beds) from the Louisiana Nurses Foundation. It is the fifth time St. Elizabeth has won the award.

Our Lady of the Angels was awarded a Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award, putting it among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationally for exceptional safety performance. Healthgrades recognizes superior performance in preventing serious, potentially avoidable complications for hospital patients.

U.S. News & World Report recognized Our Lady of the Lake as one of the nation’s Best Hospitals in 2017 for excellence in treating the most challenging medical conditions.

Our Lady of the Lake is ranked best in Baton Rouge and No. 2 in Louisiana.

St. Francis Medical Center team members and leaders participated in several team-building events at LaVerna, the farm once used by the Franciscan Sisters for food at St. Francis Sanitarium. The Pumpkin Patch, Summertime Splash Party and Easter Egg Hunt focused on a core value—Joyfulness of Spirit—to strengthen and foster a positive team environment at the hospital.

Our Lady of Lourdes and Heart Hospital cardiovascular services remained premier market leaders, with more than 430 open-heart surgeries in 2017, and a growing heart valve and replacement program (TAVR) with 79 procedures completed since inception.

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University was named in 2016 to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the eighth time. Presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service, it is the highest honor a university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.