Covington, Louisiana – Avala, a Louisiana-based healthcare organization and the leader in robotic surgery, has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The Times-Picayune and New Orleans Advocate for the second year in a row.

“Avala employees enjoy coming to work every day knowing that they are helping someone, they may never have met before, improve their quality of life by having a surgical procedure,” said Scott Boudreaux, Avala CEO.

“The patient might come in as a stranger but after receiving the “Avala Experience” provided by our employees they leave as a friend. It is an honor to work with individuals who truly care about others.”

Scott Boudreaux, Avala CEO

The list of winners is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“In times of great change, it is more important than ever to maintain a connection among employees,” said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. “When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward based on real-time insights into what works best for your organization. The Top Workplaces program can be that positive outcome your company can rally around in the coming months to celebrate leadership and the importance of maintaining an employee-focused culture, even during challenging times.”  

Avala knows that making a positive impact on both our patients and each other takes a team of individuals that are committed to excellence.

“It is a privilege to work with my Avala colleagues whose dedication and passion exemplify who we are as an organization,” said Eddy Vargas, Avala HR and Ancillary Services Director. “It is their steadfast dedication that leads to our superior level of patient care.”

“It is their passion for Avala that ensures our culture remains positive, uplifting, and meaningful. A sincere appreciation to each of our team members.”

Eddy Vargas, Avala HR Director

About Avala: Avala, a premier 21 bed hospital, provides cutting-edge medical technology and offers state-of-the-art health, physical therapy, and imaging services for patients. Avala approaches healthcare differently. Avala believes where there’s trust, there’s healing. Avala’s goal is to cultivate an environment where there’s more care in healthcare.

Since our establishment, we have worked to provide innovative updates to our campus so we can create a setting where patients can experience healthcare differently. By providing an aesthetically pleasing spa-like atmosphere, both exterior and interior, Avala is providing patients with a less stressful experience, unlike any other healthcare provider. Avala is the only hospital in Louisiana offering robotics-assisted surgeries for total hip replacements, total knee replacements, partial knee replacements and spine procedures. This cutting-edge technology is only a small part in their investment in providing the highest level of quality care to the people of the Northshore.

Avala has also been honored with the following awards: St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce 2018 Innovation Award, St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce 2019 Site to See Award, and Times-Picayune/Advocate 2019 Top Workplaces and Direction Awards. Learn more: