Healthcare Hero Award Recipients

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Catherine O’Neal, MD, is the chief medical officer at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center Baton Rouge.

O’Neal is a graduate of LSU, LSU Medical School in New Orleans and she completed her fellowship in adult infectious disease at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

She is the one of the Gulf Coast’s premier experts on infectious disease and has been a go-to source each year for business leaders and our local community during flu season and now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kristen Gradney, MHA, RDN, LDN is Sr. Director of Operations at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health and supports Health Centers in Schools, Goodwood Pediatric Clinics, and has led COVID-19 testing efforts in the community and at OLOLPG.

At Healthcare Centers in Schools, she is responsible for overseeing the operations and vision of 7 full-service school-based clinics, school nurses that serve 40,000 children, and the Children’s Health Fund mobile unit that provides primary care screenings and care, behavioral health and child-focused community services.

Gradney obtained a B.A. in Sociology in 2001, and a B.S. in Nutritional Science, in 2007, from Louisiana State University. She then completed a dietetic internship at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, and worked in areas of inpatient and ambulatory care, culinary medicine, transplant, and pediatric wellness. In 2016, she obtained a Master of Health Administration from Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge.

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