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Doctors at Baton Rouge General Get Shout-Outs for Humor, Volunteerism

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BRG Celebrates Doctors’ Day with Superlative Awards, Social Media Campaign

Baton Rouge, LA – Do you remember your high school superlative awards? Most Athletic? Most Likely to Succeed? In honor of National Doctors’ Day – Thursday, March 30 – Baton Rouge General hosted a physician superlative contest to celebrate. Voted on by hundreds of employees, the winners are:

Best Dancer – Dr. James Crowell

Best Dressed – Dr. Michael Yorek

Best Sense of Humor – Dr. Dhaval Adhvaryu

Biggest Prankster – Dr. David Melton

Most Baton Rouge General Spirit – Dr. Venkat Banda

Most Likely to Brighten Your Day – TIE: Dr. Jeffrey Littleton and Dr. Michael Yorek

Most Likely to Volunteer – Dr. Kathleen Varnes

Most Likely to Wear Crazy Socks – Dr. James Linford

Most Tech-Savvy – Dr. Brad Gaspard

Plays the Best Music in the Operating Room – Dr. Azem Khan

“We are fortunate to have not only some of the most skilled physicians in the country here at Baton Rouge General, but also many of the most personable,” said Edgardo Tenreiro, CEO of Baton Rouge General. “While talent is key, it’s important that we not underestimate a physician’s bedside manner and that each patient’s needs are taken into consideration. This superlative contest is a fun way for team members to show doctors how much they mean to our employees, patients, and our hospital.”

In addition to the superlative contest, Baton Rouge General team members at both the Bluebonnet and Mid City campuses signed giant Doctors’ Day cards. Members of the community were also invited to thank their doctor by liking, sharing and commenting through our annual social media campaign. Comments included:
  • Dr. Venugopal Vatsavayi is always courteous and pleasant with a wonderful sense of humor! We love you, Dr. V!!!
  • Dr. Sarah Drennan is WONDERFUL! She's the whole package, personable, knowledgeable, everything you'd want in a Dr!!
  • Thank you Dr. Russell for all that you do for your patients From my experience while I was doing radiation you were kind and caring keep up the good work
  • Dr. Kenyetta and Tasha Shamlin thank you!!
On Thursday, March 30, all physicians were invited to a special lunch in honor of their commitment to providing compassionate, innovative, quality care to the community.

About General Health System

General Health System is the parent company of a network of affiliated healthcare providers anchored by Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s two state-of-the-art facilities. It also includes Baton Rouge General Physicians, Baton Rouge Rehabilitation Hospital, BRG Gastroenterology Center, BRG Imaging Center, and several other healthcare products and programs that serve the residents of the capital city’s nine-parish region. Baton Rouge General is the area’s first community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. Since opening its doors in 1900, it has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations, with major services including a Regional Burn Center, Women’s and Children Services, Cancer and Heart and Vascular centers. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.