CNO Elaine Hurme Retires, Valerie Jarreau Named as Successor


Elaine Hurme and Valerie Jarreau


After 11 years of service as the Pointe Coupee General Hospital’s Director of Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer, Elaine Hurme, PhD has retired effective December 2015. Hurme was a tremendously effective director who spearheaded numerous changes to improve the overall deliverance of health care at PCGH highlighted by her leadership in developing the Skilled Rehabilitation Program, the TeleStroke Program, and most recently in the successful effort of getting PCGH Joint Commission Accreditation.

PCGH Administrator Chad Olinde, the PCGH Board of Directors and the entire staff of PCGH would like to thank Elaine Hurme for her extreme dedication and all wish her a wonderful retirement. PCGH welcomes a familiar face in Valerie Jarreau to her new role, giving her their full support.

Valerie Sparks Jarreau, RN, BSN, has been named the new Director of Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer, with Hurmes retirement. Jarreau is a resident of Livonia and is married to Kurt Jarreau. She is the mother of two girls, Kristen Sonnier, wife of Tyson Sonnier, and Hayden Jarreau. She is the grandmother to Zane and Madden Sonnier.

I am very proud to represent PCGH’s highly qualified nursing staff in the provision of quality healthcare to the citizens of our community
— Valerie Jarreau, CNO

Jarreau is a 1984 graduate of Livonia High School and 1995 graduate of LSU-Eunice where she obtained an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and was a Member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Student Nurse Association. She later earned a BSN in Nursing from Northwestern State University in 2014 and is currently perusing a Masters Degree in Nursing Administration. Jarreau will obtain her Master Degree from NSU in the summer of 2016.

Jarreau began her career at PCGH in 1995 where she worked in various roles including staff nurse, charge nurse, and most recently the nurse manager of the PCGH operating room and outpatient procedures department. She has worked extensively with Hurme over the last few months prior to her retirement during the transition period to ensure a seamless flow to assume the numerous duties and great responsibilities that the top nursing position requires. Over the last 3 years Jarreau was actively involved in the State Survey, in the recent Joint Commission Accreditation, and the Federal Validation of the Joint Commission Survey.

Jarreau states, "I am very proud to represent PCGH’s highly qualified nursing staff in the provision of quality healthcare to the citizens of our community”, Jarreau adds, "I feel confident in my new role and have already established a great working relationship with the hospital administration, the medical staff and the nursing staff.”

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