The St. Louis American Foundation will honor eight outstanding health professionals from area hospitals, federally qualified health centers, and a nonprofit health organization at the 2019 Salute to Excellence in Health Care on Friday, April 26, at the Frontenac Hilton.

St. Louis city voters picked Adam Layne and Tracee Miller to serve on the seven-member elected St. Louis Public School Board in the April 2 general municipal election. 

As a broke graduate student with four children, Jessica Adams was barely squeaking by financially after her divorce. She was able to provide for her children – and stay in school – with the help of food stamps and utility assistance. But there was one expense that she couldn’t find help with.

An intensive care unit patient who had undergone heart surgery had failed multiple attempts to tolerate extubation, the final step in liberating her from mechanical ventilation. A tracheostomy, or creating a hole in her windpipe, seemed to be the only alternative.

“I love what I do. I see patients, I take care of patients from an holistic approach, which is what nurse practitioners do,” said Shunta Johnson, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP. She is a nurse practitioner for BJC Health Care, which takes her to locations in Missouri and Illinois, including Alton Memoria…

If you have never met someone who loves every aspect about her job, meet Tawannia Wilson. The registered nurse is the clinic administrator for Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers, where she oversees the day-to-day operations, including quality, compliance, planning and staffing. Her lead…

Moyosore K. Onifade, M.D., is a groundbreaker in many ways. As an internal medicine specialist at Christian Hospital and CEO and chief innovation officer of Practical Health Technology Solutions (PHTS) Care Management, she has had a variety of careers, from information technology to medicine…

Jeanetta Stomer, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, has always wanted to be a nurse, ever since she played “hospital” with her dolls as a child. Now, Stomer is passing on the craft of nursing to students at Aspire Healthcare Solutions, a school she co-founded.


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.


Growing up, Renee M. Cunningham-Williams, PhD, associate professor of social work and associate dean for doctoral education at the Brown School at Washington University, said she had a front-row seat to observe how at-risk youth can get thrown off-course in life.

Debra Cannamore Lee woke up with a headache that would not go away one Sunday morning in 1986. The pain became so unbearable that she went to the emergency room at Deaconess Hospital. The doctors sent Lee home with some migraine medication that did not help. The next day she went to another …