(Baton Rouge, La.) Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center has named Jeanette Moore, RN, BSN, OCN, an infusion nurse, as winner of the 2018 Sister Linda Constantin Courage and Compassion Award. The annual award is named in honor of a longtime nurse and member of the senior administrative team at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center who passed away in 2005 after battling colon cancer. Each year, the award is presented to a Cancer Center team member who exemplifies Constantin’s deeply held values and beliefs.
Linda Lee, vice president of the Cancer Center, said this year winner’s traits closely resemble those of Sister Linda.
“Of the many impressive nominations we received, Jeanette’s above-and-beyond compassion and willingness to advocate for patients stood out to the selection committee,” said Lee.
Sister Barbara Arceneaux, regional minister, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady North American Region, presented the award to Moore in front of an audience of Mary Bird Perkins and Our Lady of the Lake team members gathered to pay homage to the award winner and Constantin.
“Sister Linda had a joyfulness of spirit that made every day fun—a little more special,” said Sr. Barbara Arceneaux. “Her legacy of dedication to others continues through the spirit of compassionate team members like Jeanette, and we are incredibly grateful for her service.”
Tara Acosta, outpatient infusion nurse manager at the Cancer Center who works closely with Moore, read an excerpt from Moore’s nomination.
“Whether starting an IV or providing emotional support, Jeanette goes to great lengths to make sure the needs of her patients, their families, and her fellow team members are met,” said Acosta. “Being able to work with her and recognize her outstanding contributions is truly a privilege.”
Previous winners of the Sr. Linda Award include: Kristina Little, patient navigator; Jamie Wilson, retired guest services team member; Suzanne Hotard, RN, BSN, OCN, survivorship navigator; and Sherika Lewis, certified pharmacy technician.
About Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center
As a regional destination for cancer care, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center offers the most advanced technology and services provided by a dedicated team of nationally-recognized oncology experts. The Cancer Center provides best-practice, comprehensive care at every stage of the cancer journey, including disease site-specific multidisciplinary care teams, a robust clinical research program, extensive supportive care services and is the only facility in the Gulf South with the revolutionary Leksell Gamma Knife®Icon™. The American College of Surgeons has named the Cancer Center a recipient of its prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award for three consecutive survey cycles. As a nonprofit organization, donor generosity is essential to sustaining the mission of improving survivorship and lessening the burden of cancer for so many throughout Southeast Louisiana and beyond. For more information on the Cancer Center, and how you can become involved, please visit marybirdlake.org.