Northeast Louisiana Healthcare Alliance wins an international award


from left to right: Jonas Peterson, President/CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance; Shae Cheatham, Workforce Development Board 83; Doretha Bennett, Exec. Dir. Of Workforce Development Board 81; Terri Mitchell, Executive Director, Workforce Development Board 83; and Bedie Jones, Workforce Development Board 81; Kenny McDonald, President & CEO of One Columbus

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (10/18/2019) — According to the Northeast Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP), one Arklamiss healthcare organization was recognized for their international efforts this week.

The Northeast Louisiana Healthcare Alliance won the award for International Excellence in Economic Development from the International Economic Development Council at the IEDC’s annual conference in Indianapolis.

Below is the full press release from NLEP:

The Northeast Louisiana Healthcare Alliance won the prestigious international Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) at the IEDC Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN on October 15, 2019. The Healthcare Alliance, a collaboration of healthcare organizations, economic and workforce development organizations, and education and community partners, earned a bronze award in the category of Innovation Programs and Initiatives for populations 25,000 – 200,000. IEDC is the world’s foremost professional organization for economic developers.

“The recipients of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the very best of economic development and exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and leadership that our profession strives for each and every day”, said 2019 IEDC Board Chair, Tracye McDaniel. “We’re honored to recognize more than 100 communities for their excellent work, which forges new opportunities for our profession. We look forward to even greater participation from economic developers across the globe in the 2020 awards program.”

The NELA Healthcare Alliance’s goal is to support the stability and growth of the healthcare industry and to promote a healthier community in Northeast Louisiana. The initiative is led by Workforce Development Boards 83 and 81 and initially funded by a $60,000 grant from the Louisiana Workforce Commission. The Alliance is a sector partnership which includes representation from the healthcare sector in Northeast Louisiana, comprised of hospitals, long term care facilities, skilled nursing facilities and home health organizations.

“What an incredible honor to win the IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award for Innovation Programs,” said Terri Mitchell, Executive Director, Workforce Development Board SDA-83, Inc. “This is certainly a tribute to our regional healthcare providers and their willingness to jointly come to a shared business table to tackle pressing issues that affect the quality of healthcare in our region. The NELA Healthcare Alliance is a unique partnership that is industry driven by about 40 multi-faceted healthcare leaders and is community-supported by a broad-based team of public partners like education providers, economic development agencies, workforce development boards and other stakeholders that seek to provide needed solutions to keep the industry strong and to get people jobs.” The work undertaken by the Northeast Louisiana Healthcare Alliance impacts more than 16,300 healthcare professionals, 4,300 students enrolled in healthcare-related programs, and more than 355,000 potential patients across Northeast Louisiana, South Arkansas and East Mississippi. Monroe is considered the healthcare hub of excellence for this three-state region.

“I’m honored to receive this award and so incredibly proud of the impact the Northeast Louisiana Healthcare Alliance has made in Region 8,” said Doretha Bennett, Executive Director, Workforce Development Board 81.

The Alliance is committed to coordinated action in high priority areas, identified by public and private sector partners. The group developed impactful initiatives that addressed important healthcare issues, such as the critical need for nurses, improving patient transport, streamlining LPN licensing and educating legislators on the challenges faced by healthcare providers. North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP), an Accredited Economic Development Organization, submitted the award application, nominating the Northeast Louisiana Healthcare Alliance.

“The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is incredibly grateful to the NLEP Board, staff and President Scott Martinez for submitting this sector partnership for the IEDC Awards,” said Secretary Ava Dejoie, LWC. “NLEP’s leadership in economic development enables meaningful and successful partnerships. LWC’s mission of ‘putting people to work’ is made possible through efforts such as these. Winning this prestigious award affirms our combined efforts and serves as a clarion call to reach new heights.”

This groundbreaking initiative pulls together partners who have never worked together before. The Alliance became the platform for innovation, discourse, collaborative decision-making and coordinated efforts that achieved greater results. As a result, one important initiative, funded by two $343,000 grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Living Well Foundation, tackles the need for nurses. The program supports six qualified registered nurses (RNs) as adjunct faculty to teach nursing clinicals at regional healthcare facilities during nontraditional times to reduce scheduling conflicts with existing clinical rotations. This regional effort expands the capacity of training providers to accept an additional 180 students seeking RN licensure thus serving 15,600 additional patients who will receive quality care. Also, the new RNs will see an increase in their median earnings.

“NLEP is proud to submit the Northeast Louisiana Healthcare Alliance for an IEDC Award,” said Scott Martinez, NLEP President. “We wanted to showcase the innovative work being done right here in North Louisiana on a global stage. The prestigious IEDC award is a highly competitive and peer-judged honor that attracts hundreds of entries from around the world. Every year, NLEP likes to highlight the amazing work being done by unsung heroes in our communities.”

ABOUT NORTH LOUISIANA ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP North Louisiana Economic Partnership, an Accredited Economic Development Organization, provides professional economic development services to the 14 parish region of North Louisiana, including lead generation and prospect management. The organization also represents the interests of North Louisiana with a unified voice and as a single point of contact. It acts as a catalyst, a convener, and a connector in the region to ensure that North Louisiana’s economic development potential is realized. Its vision is for North Louisiana to be a thriving region-a destination for high quality talent, innovative companies, and global investment.

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