City Business: 2019 ‘Health Care Heroes’ honors industry standouts

March 14, 2019 by Natalie Chandler, Editor

Started in 2007, Health Care Heroes honors health care professionals in the New Orleans area in the following categories: animal care, first responders, nursing, physicians, professionals and volunteers. Honorees are selected based on industry achievement and community involvement.

This year’s honorees are:

Animal Care

Robert A. MacLean, Audubon Nature Institute

Ashley Tahir, Fur De Lis Mobile Veterinary Services, LLC


First Responder

Edison Avila, Acadian Ambulance

Cedric Palmisano, City of New Orleans Emergency Medical Services

Heather Scianneaux, Tulane University Campus Health



Benita N. Chatmon, LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing

Suzanne Hoffpauir, Touro Infirmary

Jeremy Landry, University Medical Center New Orleans

Jessica Landry, LSU Health Sciences Center- School of Nursing

John MacMahon, University Medical Center New Orleans

Je’na` Wells Matthews, Ochsner Health System

Demetrius J. Porche, LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing

Barbara Tarjan, St. Tammany Parish Hospital



Nathan R. Brown, Northlake Oral & Facial Surgery

José Calderón-Abbo, Optum/UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana

Aaron Dumont, Tulane University

Shelly Gupta, Humana

Jeremy R. James, Disc of Louisiana

Robert J. Jeanfreau, Medpharmics

Meredith L. Maxwell, Touro Infirmary

Richard V. Milani, Ochsner Health System

Anil S. Paramesh, LOPA and Tulane University School of Medicine

K. Samer Shamieh, Avala Health and DISC of Louisiana

Nicholas Van Sickels, Crescent Care

Eugene A. Woltering, LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine



Sam Caruso, Jr., Slidell Memorial Hospital

Ragan P. Collins, Healthcare for the Homeless

Takeisha C. Davis, New Orleans East Hospital

Ayame Nagatani Dinkler, LCMC Health

Jeffery H. Edge, West Jefferson Medical Center

Henry A. Gremillion, LSUHSC School of Dentistry – LSU Health New Orleans

Alfred Jordan, Daughters of Charity Health Centers – Metairie Center

Kim Keene, St. Bernard Parish Hospital

Laura Kerns, University Medical Center New Orleans

Frances Lawless, City of New Orleans Health Department

Bert Lindsey, St. Tammany Parish Hospital

William Lunn, Tulane University School of Medicine

Bill Masterton, LCMC Health

Christen L. Mayer, Tulane Health System

John R Nickens IV, Children’s Hospital of New Orleans & LCMC Health Maternal and Child Health Services

Hiral Patel, Lakeview Regional Medical Center

Alyana Samai, West Jefferson Medical Center

Deborah Spiers, Oceans Behavioral Hospital Greater New Orleans

Paula Cassimere Stewart, Health Guardians – Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans

Noel Twilbeck, CrescentCare

Vindell Washington, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana

Elizabeth Marcell Williams, Center for Resilience



Rickey Jackson, Tulane Medical Center

Art Lentini, Children’s Hospital

Eric Rotts, Children’s Hospital


The 2019 Health Care Heroes will be honored at 5 pm Monday, May 13, at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Register for the event here. For more information contact Marilyn Miller at 504-293-9201 or [email protected] or Web Editor/Event Coordinator Meghan Keen at 504-293-9253 or [email protected].

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