Good to Know is a monthly roundup of news, culture and other information happening throughout Shreveport-Bossier City.

Evening for Healers Event Set for May 3

When the lives of two young Shreveport residents changed in an instant, LSU Health Shreveport faculty answered the call to help save them. An Evening for Healers, hosted by the LSU Health Sciences Shreveport Foundation, will take place May 3 at the Shreveport Convention Center. The event will honor the faculty physicians, allied health professionals, residents, fellows, students, health care professionals and first responders who help save lives every day.

An Evening for Healers supports LSU Health Shreveport and funds the most critical needs of the Health Sciences Center, making it possible to continue the mission of educating tomorrow’s health care professionals, delivering outstanding patient care and conducting promising research. With recent uncertainty surrounding the state budget and budget cuts, community support and external funding is imperative to continued success.

The presenting sponsor of An Evening for Healers is Ochsner Health System. This year’s event is chaired by Drs. David and Carol Clemons, both alumni of LSU Health Shreveport.

“We are thrilled and proud to participate in this wonderful event to benefit LSU Health Shreveport, and to celebrate our healers,” said Drs. David and Carol Clemons.

Each year, An Evening for Healers highlights the stories of two patients who survived the unimaginable. Attendees will hear more about Samantha “JoJo” Sims and Juan Zuniga at the event, where videos highlighting some of those involved in their care will premiere.

Samantha “JoJo” Sims had just celebrated her 21st birthday when she started experiencing a loss of feeling in her legs after receiving a spinal tap to rule out a possible case of meningitis. Thinking that she might never walk on her own unassisted again, JoJo was recommended to visit the School of Allied Health Professions Rehabilitation Clinic for physical therapy. It was here that she was given renewed hope that she would one day walk again.

Juan Zuniga and his mom, Enedina, were closing up their family’s local restaurant, El Compadre, for the evening. A normal end-of-the-day routine turned tragic when Juan was shot twice in the chest while trying to protect his mom from two armed robbers. He was rushed to University Health, the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, where LSU Health Shreveport doctors and a team of nurses began work immediately to save his life.

In addition to recognizing these patients and their healers, Steve Scalise, representative for Louisiana’s 1st congressional district and U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip, and a trauma survivor himself, will be the honored guest at this year’s event.

“I look forward to joining the LSU Health Sciences Foundation in honoring first responders at the Evening for Healers. I would not be here today if it were not for people like Brad Wenstrup, trained in emergency medicine, and the first responders who were able to get me to the trauma center at MedStar Hospital so quickly. You never know when you will need these heroes’ life-saving care or the use of a Level 1 trauma center like we have in Shreveport. I will be forever grateful for those who worked to save my life last summer and I look forward to honoring others who have done the same for many fellow Louisianans,” said Congressman Scalise.

Individual tickets and sponsorships are available at Reserving your spot early is encouraged as An Evening for Healers is expected to sell out. 

28th Annual CHRISTUS Skin Cancer Screening 

The CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center in partnership with Dermatology & Skin Surgery is offering free skin cancer screenings from 5:30-7 p.m. May 8 at the CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center located in the West Wing at Highland Medical Center, 1453 E. Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport.

If you feel you may be at risk for skin cancer, this is the perfect opportunity to be screened by a dermatologist. Call 1.844.CHRISTUS to register.

College of Workers Compensation Lawyers Inducts Jack Bailey, Jr.

The College of Workers Compensation Lawyers inducted Jack Bailey, Jr., as one of only six Louisiana attorneys named to the fellowship. Jack Bailey, Jr., exclusively represents North Louisiana and Shreveport-Bossier City with this recognition. The College of Workers Compensation Lawyers was established to honor those attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their practice in the field of workers compensation. Members are nominated for the outstanding traits they have developed in their practice of 20 years or longer; representing plaintiffs, defendants, serving as judges or acting for the benefit of all in education, overseeing agencies and developing legislation. 

The membership voted the inductees on their highest professional qualifications and ethical standards, character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership. They have a commitment to fostering and furthering the objectives of the College and have shown considerable evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing, and/or distinguished published writings on workers compensation or related fields of law.

“It is an honor to be nationally recognized for my 40-year fight for injured workers in the courts and legislature. Most lawyers will not elect to help an injured worker, and it is indeed these injured workers who deserve the best possible representation by a top trial lawyer. This type of honor helps to recognize how much I care about justice for the workers of my community,” said Bailey.