Senator from District 27, Ronnie Johns Honored For Outstanding Legislative Leadership and Strong Commitment to Health Care Issues

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – April 25, 2017 –Senator Ronald Steven Johns known as Ronnie Johns has been named the recipient of the 2017 CHRISTUS Health Eagle Award for his commitment to uphold the dignity of citizens in Louisiana and his tireless efforts to protect and provide access to quality health care for the poor and vulnerable of our society.

This award was presented during a breakfast event honoring the Louisiana Delegation on Tuesday, April 25, by CHRISTUS Health Leadership and the CHRISTUS Health Louisiana Board of Directors. The annual award, now in its 18th year, is presented by CHRISTUS Health to one or more lawmakers who share the health system’s mission “to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

“Senator Johns deserves this award for his hard work to identify and solve the critical hurdles we often see in health care policy,” said Stephen Wright, Senior Vice President of Group Operations of CHRISTUS Health.

As an advocate for some of the most vulnerable in this community, Senator Johns has led efforts for the past three years to put an end to human trafficking and to build a shelter, the Metanoia Home. The shelter, once built, will be devoted to minor females rescued from trafficking. Ending human slavery is an issue of particular importance to CHRISTUS Health and our sponsoring congregations. CHRISTUS advocates for laws to provide protection and support for victims of human trafficking. CHRISTUS Health’s emergency room and obstetric Associates are often the first to detect a human trafficking victim.

“The senator has led efforts to make sure many social justices and health related issues are addressed. These efforts don’t just help CHRISTUS as an organization, but help our patients as well as Louisiana’s health care provider community,” said Wright.

Senator Johns is a State Farm Insurance agency owner in Sulphur, Louisiana. In 2011, he was elected to the Louisiana State Senate from District 27 in Calcasieu Parish. A former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, mayor of Lake Charles and a pharmacist, Johns’ experience makes him a valuable member of the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Board.

Senator Johns is a graduate of Bunkie High School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, then known as Northeast Louisiana University.