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Health Care Heroes selected for 2021

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Trident Construction Director of Development Chappy McKay (left) and Dr. Louis Hassell of Cuspids Inc. talk in the Business Journal's studio for the 2020 Health Care Heroes. This year's event will be held in person at the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston. (Photo/Kim McManus)The Charleston Regional Business Journal has named honorees for the 2021 Health Care Heroes.

Each year, the Business Journal and its partners honor professionals across the region who work in health care and related fields. These individuals and their organizations frequently go beyond the call of duty for their communities and professions and in service to others.

The heroes will be honored in a special, in-person event from 6-8:30 p.m., Dec. 2 at the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston. Click for more information about the event or to register for tickets.

Several weeks ago, community leaders, including Business Journal readers, were invited to submit nominations for the 2021 Health Care Heroes awards. A panel of judges then independently reviewed the nominations for Health Care Heroes and scored honorees in the categories of Community Outreach, COVID-19 Response, First Responder, Health Care Professional, Nurse, Physician, Service/Therapy Animal, Trident Construction Health Care Engineer and Volunteer. After the scores were collected from each judge, the honorees in each category were confirmed and contacted.

Each of the 2021 Health Care Heroes also will be profiled in an upcoming edition of the Charleston Regional Business Journal, in print and online.

2021 Honorees, alphabetical by name

Community Service

  • Glenn Cook, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Sheryl Jamison, Lowcountry Veterans Home
  • Select Health of South Carolina’s Community Education and Outreach team

COVID-19 Response

  • Charleston Southern University Pandemic Task Force
  • Kent Stock, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Shannon Vaillancourt D'Alton, Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing

First Responder

  • Ted Bouthiller, MedTrust Medical Transport
  • Edward Gamard, Johns Island Fire Department

Health Care Professional

  • Leon Maxwell, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Amanda Moon, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Courtnay Thompson, Select Health
    of South Carolina


  • Andrea Coyle, Medical University
    of South Carolina Health
  • Luc Gagne, Medical University
    of South Carolina
  • Jessica Thiessen, Roper St. Francis Healthcare


  • Natalie Christian, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Lowcountry Lung and Critical Care
  • Robert Oliverio, Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Service/Therapy Animal

  • Beau Beau, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Bodie, Medical University of South Carolina

Trident Construction Health Care Engineer

  • Mike Anderson, Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community
  • Shelton Gamble, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Mike Gunter, Roper St. Francis Healthcare


  • Donna Blake, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Eugenia Felsinger, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Alicia Jordan, Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health

Reach Andy Owens at 843-849-3142.

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