Salute to Excellence in Health Care Awardees

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.

Crystal Brown is a speech therapist at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, where she helps patients with a variety of conditions, from head injuries to developmental delays, transition from hospital to home. She said, “There are so many small things we can do that have major results.” Brown started working at Ranken Jordan in 2018. For the previous 16 years, Brown worked at the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis. Brown earned a master’s degree in communication disorders from Saint Louis University.

Renee Foote is the chief compliance officer at CareSTL Health, where she makes sure the organization conforms to federal mandates, internal policies and contracts. She has been with CareSTL Health for five years and was promoted from director of compliance in 2018. She previously worked at Washington University School of Medicine. Foote earned master degrees in health administration and in business administration from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in health information management from Saint Louis University.

Stephanie Hester is a nurse manager Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She has been with BJH since 2004. She manages a 14-room operating unit with more than 100 staff members, with experience in general, orthopedic, plastics, colorectal, urology, gynecologic, minimally invasive, robotics and vascular surgery. She is co-leader of the BJC Diverse Nurses Connection group. Hester earned a master of science in management and leadership from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Chamberlain University. Hester is a U.S. Navy veteran.

Jacquelyn Renee McFadden, M.D. is an internal and family medicine physician at Betty Jean Kerr Peoples Health Centers, where she emphasizes lifestyle modifications as a portal to improving overall health. She volunteers at health fairs to educate on the detrimental effects of hypertension and diabetes and is also a volunteer at Girls Incorporated of St. Louis. Dr. McFadden has been with People’s since 2006 and has been practicing for 17 years. McFadden’s undergraduate degree is in biology from Fisk University, and she earned her medical degree from University Of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine.

Chontay McKay is a family nurse practitioner at iFM Community Medicine, where she has worked since 2018. McKay holds regular clinics at several area schools and children’s centers. She previously worked as an FNP at We Care Clinic, Madison County Health Department and Advance Health. McKay was also an instructor at the School of Nursing at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She has participated in medical mission trips to Haiti and Costa Rica. McKay earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Saint Louis University and her master of science in nursing from Maryville University.

April Tyus-Myles, M.D. is a pediatrician at SSM Health Medical Group in North St. Louis County. She previously she was co-owner of Rainbow Pediatrics in Florissant. Dr. Tyus-Myles teaches pediatric residents, volunteers at community health events and speaks to young women and girls, encouraging them to pursue careers in the sciences. She is a member of a number of organizations and physician committees. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington University and graduated from Saint Louis University School of Medicine with a residency in pediatrics at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Patrice L. Pye is a clinical psychologist and behavioral health consultant at Family Care Health Centers. Much of her career has focused on interpersonal violence, trauma and chronic pain management. Through grant awards, Pye developed a manual treatment for chronic pain for women veterans and adopted that treatment for patients at FCHC, where she was worked since 2014. Pye earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Spelman College and masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Saint Louis University. She interned in Texas with service as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Pye served as adjunct faculty at SLU and worked several years in the women’s veteran’s clinic at the St. Louis VA Health Care System.

Beverly Van Buren is a registered nurse and has worked at SSM Saint Louis University Hospital for more than 33 years. Her knowledge and expertise in scrubbing and circulation of trauma, abdominal transplant and large vascular procedures earned her a promotion to become an abdominal transplant specialty nurse. Van Buren was involved in pioneering the liver transplant program at SLUH in its infancy. She did this in conjunction with serving as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. The Vashon graduate has an associate’s degree in nursing from St. Louis Community College at Forest Park.

Tickets for the 19th Annual Salute to Excellence in Health Care Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 26 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

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