BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A local area hospital has its volunteers to thank for receiving one of the highest awards in the state.
At Baton Rouge General's Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, CEO and President Edgardo Tenreiro took the podium to explain the scale of generosity by volunteers.
"This last year, between (our) Mid-city and Bluebonnet (campuses), we had almost 400 volunteers," Tenreiro said. "These volunteers provided over 37 thousand hours of volunteer work over 20 departments."
Benjamin Polcer and the Frenchman Street Stompers provided entertainment for the evening.
Most of the guests in attendance were retirement age, and they are volunteers. They report regularly to Baton Rouge General's Mid-City and Bluebonnet campuses. One of the ways they help out at the hospital is to run the gift shop, which regularly generates tens of thousands of dollars in profit.
"Without you, we're not the best, and with your help, we are the best," Tenreiro said.
According to Tenreiro, the hospital's bare functioning cost is covered by money received from insurance companies, federal support, and dwindling state support. He said it was the power of the volunteers at Baton Rouge General that have lifted the hospital far above "just functioning," to the highest level of performance.
In April, the Louisiana State nurses Association awarded Baton Rouge General the Hospital of the Year award. Tied with Our Lady of the Lake, the award came as part of the Association's Nightingale Awards.
"It was made possible," Tenreiro said, "by people like you, by the work you do, and the connection you have with our patients."
"You make the General a very, very special place," Tenreiro said.