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AARP Volunteer Receives Prestigious Andrus Award at Baton Rouge General

January 15, 2014

Baton Rouge, La. – Eileen Butler Kennedy of Baton Rouge was awarded the 2013 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service by AARP Louisiana during a ceremony and reception at Baton Rouge General Medical Center on December 12, 2013. The association’s most prestigious and visible volunteer recognition, the Andrus Award is given nationwide each year to honor one individual in every state for exceptional service to the community. A retired college director of special programs, Kennedy is a church music director and pianist/organist, and also serves as board chairman of the United Methodist Church's Wesley Foundation at Southern University and A & M College. At the award ceremony, Dionne Viator, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer, Baton Rouge General, provided the welcome address, and Brenda Hatfield, PhD, AARP State President for Louisiana, gave the introduction and presented Kennedy with the award.

Nationally recognized for its commitment to excellence in senior care, Baton Rouge General is proud to partner with Louisiana AARP in education and outreach to promote the health of seniors in the Greater Baton Rouge community. As the region’s first and only Seniors ER, Baton Rouge General has a special focus on serving the unique healthcare needs of seniors and recently launched wellness classes specially designed for seniors and caregivers at the hospital’s Mid City campus. Learn more at

Pictured (L to R): Mary Uter, LCSW, Senior Care Consultant with Baton Rouge General; Myra Collins, Business Development and Community Outreach Consultant with Baton Rouge General; Eileen Butler Kennedy, 2013 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service recipient for Louisiana; Jason Tudor, Outreach Director with AARP Louisiana; Venkat Banda, MD, Hospital Medicine and Senior Care Medical Director at Baton Rouge General; and Denise Bottcher, Communications Director with AARP Louisiana.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.




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