2018 Salute to Excellence in Health Care awardees

Ebony January, M.D.; Michael Johnson, M.D.; Shunta Johnson, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP; Paulette Luckett-Grant, RN, BSN; Moyosore K. Onifade, M.D.; Jeanetta Stomer, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Christina Thurman; and Tawannia Wilson, RN.

The St. Louis American Foundation will honor eight exceptional individuals from major medical institutions, federally qualified health centers, schools and allied health professions at the 2018 Salute to Excellence in Health Care on Friday, April 27.

Eboni January, M.D.

Dr. Eboni January is an obstetrician/gynecologist at Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers. In addition to her focus on women’s health, he has a strong interest in adolescent care, preventive medicine, youth mentorship and fitness. She frequently participates in community outreach and speaking events. She is the CEO of Pavlov’s Wellness Firm, which focuses on instituting health and wellness among businesses and corporations. The East St. Louis native earned her medical degree from Wright State University-Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio.

Michael Johnson, M.D.

Since joining the staff as an intensivist in 1994, Dr. Michael Johnson has been a mainstay at the SSM Health St. Joseph Hospitals in St. Charles and Lake Saint Louis. Now a critical care and internal medicine physician, he strives to assist critically ill patients. Johnson has headed initiatives such as the patient journal project in the intensive care unit at the SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital — St. Charles. “The journal allows the patient and family to review events that occurred in the hospital to help them reorganize fragmented memories and sort out issues that may have been related to their experience in the ICU,” Johnson said.

Shunta Johnson, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP

Shunta Johnson is a nurse practitioner for BJC, where she provides physical assessments, diagnosis of common health conditions and has prescriptive authority as delegated by the collaborating physician. She previously worked as a nurse in corrections, occupational health, ophthalmology, pre-delivery, a K-6 school and as a traveling nurse. At the University of Missouri St. Louis, she completed the Family Nurse Practitioner Program, earning a master of science as well as a bachelor of science in nursing there, after an associate degree in nursing at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.

Paulette Luckett-Grant, RN, BSN

Paulette Luckett-Grant is a nurse at Berkeley Middle School in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Beyond physicals, dispensing medication and bandages, Luckett-Grant is an advocate for quality care, children, women and public health. Luckett-Grant provides wellness information for students and staff; coordinates onsite mobile dental care visits, mobile vision screenings and glasses; and collects clothing and other personal items that students may need. She was a 2017 finalist in the March of Dimes state Nurse of the Year. Luckett-Grant earned a bachelor of science in Nursing from Rockhurst College/Research College of Nursing in Kansas City.

Moyosore K. Onifade, M.D.

Dr. Moyosore K. Onifade is the CEO and chief innovation officer of MyPHTS (Practical Health Technology Solutions) Care Management. Founded by physicians, PHTS seeks to improve healthcare access and outcomes through health information technology. Onifade is a board-certified internist in primary care and is a physician advisor at Christian Hospital. She graduated from Stanford University in chemical engineering and worked as a technology analyst with Anderson Consulting prior to medical school. Onifade studied medicine at Washington University and completed her internal medicine residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Jeanetta Stomer, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Jeanetta Stomer is academic director and cofounder of Aspire Healthcare Solutions, a school to train certified nursing assistants and phlebotomists located in Florissant. The Wellston High School graduate became a medical assistant at Al-Med Academy and started her career in healthcare as a home health aide. She worked as a phlebotomist before going into nursing as a LPN, then as a registered nurse. Stomer previously worked at DePaul Hospital for 10 years. She earned a doctor of nursing practice from Chamberlain College of Nursing and became a family nurse practitioner.

Christina Thurman

Christina Thurman is a marketing team lead at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She works across departments and in the community to spread messages encouraging health screening and prevention, research and treatment. This includes the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities, the Breast Health Center and the Prostate Cancer Coalition. She is currently spearheading marketing for the satellite Siteman Cancer Center location in North County. Thurman earned her master’s in Business Administration at Webster University and a bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Memphis.

Tawannia Wilson, RN

Tawannia Wilson, a registered nurse, is a clinical administrator at Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the clinical services of the provider, and assures compliance with regulatory, accrediting and organizational policy for patient services, environmental and personnel safety. She has been with People’s for 12 years, initially working as a women’s health nurse manager. Wilson previously served as a nurse manager in obstetrics at the old Forest Park Hospital. She earned a bachelor of science in Nursing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Tickets for the 18th Annual Salute to Excellence in Health Care Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 27 at the Frontenac Hilton are $750 per table for VIP/Corporate seating and $50 each or $500 per table for Individual seating. To order tickets, call 314-533-8000 or visit www.stlamerican.com.

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