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Baton Rouge's Ingrid Cook Honored With REAL Award

We’re excited to announce that Ingrid Cook, the wonderful nurse practitioner from our Baton Rouge program, has won the REAL Award from Save the Children & Frontline Health Worker Coalition.


Cook (r) with Dr. Shaun Kemmerly, Medical Director of the Baton Rouge program

The REAL Award honors "healthcare workers who are saving lives every day around the world."

Cook was the one nurse practitioner in the U.S. to receive the award. She was nominated by her sister Megan, who wrote: “My sister, Ingrid Cook, has dedicated her life to improving the health of low income children. She is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner that rides a mobile health clinic bus everyday to visit children in the most poverty stricken neighborhoods in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Big Blue Bus is an initiative of The Children's Health Fund and Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.

“Not only does she provide healthcare to children during the week, but also has served for over 22 years as a United States Navy Nurse Corps Reservist during her spare time,” Megan added. “She has traveled all over the world to help provide healthcare services to children in Haiti, Costa Rica, Indonesia and the Philippines on humanitarian missions for the United States. If anyone deserves an award, it is my sister who remains true to her life mission, saving children.”

We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations, Ingrid!