Bossier Chamber celebrates healthcare with Salute to Healthcare Awards

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Awards given for Healthcare Professional and Volunteer of the Year as well as the Dr. John Miciotto Lifetime Achievement Award

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce honored three outstanding people for their work in the local healthcare industry Tuesday at the 2016 Salute to Healthcare Awards, presented by CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier and Willis-Knighton Health System. The Chamber recognizes that the healthcare industry is an integral part of our community and we are proud of the quality healthcare that is available to our northwest Louisiana residents.

Nominees for our top awards included:

Dana Baca-RN, NICU, CHRISTUS; Marjorie Barnes-Volunteer-CHRISTUS; Bridget Bockhaus-Director of Nursing/Administrator-Caring Hands PDHC; Paige Cox-Certified Child Life Specialist-CHRISTUS; Connie Dyess-RN-CHRISTUS; Connie Hayes-Environmental Service Tech-CHRISTUS; Clary James-Mammography Tech-CHRISTUS; Charlotte Knoll-VP & Chief Nurse Executive-CHRISTUS; Jan Moran-Volunteer-CHRISTUS; Dr. Gretchen Petterway-CHRISTUS; Brenda Pierce-Nurse Navigator-CHRISTUS; Dr. Phillip Rozeman-Cardiovascular Consultants-Willis-Knighton Health System; Joyce Smith-RN-CHRISTUS; Kate Young-RN and Genetic Counselor-CHRISTUS; Debbie Olds-Chief Nursing Officer-Willis-Knighton Health System.

Award winners are:

Healthcare Professional of the Year

Bridget Bockhaus, R.N., Administrator and Director of Nursing at Caring Hands Pediatric Day Health Center LLC

Bridget Bockhaus has spent her nursing career helping children, especially those with special medical needs. From her time at LSU, now University Health, to Trinity Home Care and on to Caring Hands Pediatric Day Health Center, Bockhaus is not only a healthcare professional who gives excellent care to the children she encounters but she also helps families get the resources they need, like financial help and top-notch care. Bockhaus is leaving a legacy of compassion and care as well as advocacy for children in need.

Healthcare Volunteer of the Year

Marjorie Barnes, CHRISTUS Health Cancer Treatment Center

–Marjorie Barnes has volunteered with CHRISTUS for more than 25 years and in 2015 alone, she volunteered almost 500 hours in the CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center. Barnes is described as compassionate and dedicated by CHRISTUS social worker Molly Fleming. At 91, Barnes does not hesitate to jump in and hold a patient’s hand through a tough time or deliver them flowers to brighten their day.

Dr. John Miciotto Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Phillip Rozeman, Cardiovascular Consultants

— The Dr. John Miciotto Lifetime Achievement Award is designed to honor an individual, who, over his or her lifetime, has made a significant impact or changed history in the healthcare industry in the northwest Louisiana community.

Dr. Rozeman is the founder of Cardiovascular Consultants and has been recognized over the last decade as one of “America’s Top Cardiologist” by the Consumer Research Council.

Beyond his work, he has been involved in many efforts to improve our community and state over the last couple of decades and continues this work to this day.

He has proven to be a change agent not only in the healthcare community but in our education community as the founder of the Alliance for Education, Education’s Next Horizon, and the Shreveport-Bossier Business Alliance for Higher Education – all nonprofit organizations that connect business and education leaders around education improvement.

He currently serves on many boards throughout the state of Louisiana including the Louisiana Committee of 100, CABL, Public Affairs Research Council, and LABI, as well as, local boards of the Willis-Knighton Health System, Alliance for Education, SBBA, Step Forward, and the foundations of LSUS and BPCC.

For his volunteer work in the community, he has been named Business Leader of the Year by both the Shreveport and Minden Chambers of Commerce; and inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. He has been honored with the annual community service awards of the Northwest Louisiana and Acadiana United Way, Louisiana Department of Education, Louisiana State Medical Society, Louisiana Association of Educators and Shreveport Bar Association.

Rozeman has been married to his wife, Alma, for 38 years and they have three children – Laura, Sarah and Mark.