Rapides Regional Medical Center received the “Best Hospital” and “Best Place to Work” awards during the Town Talk’s “Cenla’s Choice Awards” Thursday night at the Best Western Convention Center in Alexandria.

“This is a huge honor for us,” said Jason Cobb, FACHE, Rapides Regional Medical Center’s president and chief executive officer. “Rapides Regional Medical Center has been here in Central Louisiana for 115 years. In that time, we’ve taken care of entire families over multiple generations.  So if you ask our employees, they don’t just feel like they are taking care of anonymous patients, they truly feel as if they are taking care of family – because our roots are deep in this community, too. I believe that makes a difference.”

The awards recognize the most outstanding local businesses in Central Louisiana and are based on nominations and votes from the community.

Nominations were made in approximately 160 categories – ranging from best coffee house and salon to best electrician and bakery. The awards focus on small businesses, regional chains and local corporations.

“Of course, we are honored that our community thought enough of us to nominate us in the categories of Best Hospital and Best Place to Work,” Cobb said. “And we definitely appreciate all who took the time to vote for Rapides Regional in these categories.

“This year we’ve received several awards that recognize the high level of patient care provided at RRMC and the high level of employee satisfaction felt by our employees. These awards show that our community feels the same way – and our employees appreciate that extra pat on the back.”