Alexandria, LA — Rapides Regional Medical Center received the "Best Hospital" award during the Town Talk's "Cenla's Choice Awards" Thursday night at the Alexandria Convention Center.

"This award is always such an honor," 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 116 years. And throughout those 100-plus years, our goal has always to be the area's best. And if you ask our employees, they'll tell you that's one of the reasons we do what we do. Our employees don't just take care of anonymous patients, they truly feel as if they are taking care of family - because our roots are deep in this community. 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 more than 100 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 by the nomination," Cobb said. "And we definitely appreciate all who took the time to vote for Rapides Regional in this category.

"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. This award shows that our community feels the same way."