Sam’s Club Grant Awarded to St. Elizabeth Hospital’s Asthma Education Program

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Pictured from left to right: Caroline Conerly, Assistant Vice President of Medical Management; Victor Vidaurre, Assistant Vice President of Mission Integration; Ronnie Zacharias, Membership Manager, Sam’s Club, Siegen Lane; Sue Knight, Chief Operating Officer, St. Elizabeth Hospital and St. Elizabeth Physicians; Jill Lee, Vice President, Patient Care; Rick Banker, Director of Laboratory and Cardiopulmonary Services; and Kevin Buckels, Certified Asthma Educator and Coordinator of the St. Elizabeth Asthma Education Program.

The Siegen Lane Sam’s Club awarded a $1,000 community grant to St. Elizabeth Hospital for its Asthma Education Program. Ronnie Zacharias presented the grant check to representatives of the hospital on July 10, 2013.

According to Kevin Buckels, AE-C, Certified Asthma Educator and Coordinator for the hospital’s Asthma Education Program, the grant money will be used to fund diagnostic equipment and supplies for use especially in the hospital’s outreach to Ascension Parish schools. Asthma is a condition which frequently goes undiagnosed. Untreated, the condition can lead to further complications later in life. “This is why testing for Asthma at a young age is so important, and why the Sam’s Club’s grant is significant,” said Buckels. “We are very grateful to Sam’s for helping with this program and the people of our community.”

About St. Elizabeth Hospital

St. Elizabeth Hospital is a 78-bed acute care facility located in Gonzales, Louisiana. The hospital is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.

St. Elizabeth Hospital has twice been recognized as the Hospital of the Year by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation, and has twice been named to the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare® by Modern Healthcare Magazine, along with numerous other awards for quality. The hospital continually strives to live out its mission to serve those most in need by providing the highest quality healthcare delivered in a compassionate manner.