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Emergency Room Nurse Joel Receives Future 40 Leadership Award

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  • Written By: Melanie Zaffuto

North Oaks Health System President/CEO Michele Sutton recently joined with Gary Sandifer of the Natalbany Volunteer Fire Department to present Critical Care Registered Nurse Joel Roberts with his Daily Star Future 40 Leadership Award for 2018.

From left are: North Oaks Vice President of Surgical and Emergency Services Terri Lewis; North Oaks President/CEO Michele Sutton; Gary Sandifer of the Natalbany Volunteer Fire Department; honoree Joel Roberts; North Oaks Emergency Services Medical Director Brandon Cambre, MD; North Oaks Emergency Services Director Eric Neal; North Oaks Emergency Services Unit Manager Mike Holliday; and North Oaks Chief Nursing Officer Diane Thompson.

Hammond Businessman and Natalbany Volunteer Firefighter Gary Sandifer, who shares that he took great pride in nominating Joel as a Future 40 Leader, explains:

"A few years ago, a young Southeastern Louisiana University nursing student came to the Natalbany Volunteer Fire Department expressing an interest in tesing himself to see what being in emergency services was really like and whether or not he could handle it. Joel Roberts not only tested himself, but thrived.

"As a volunteer, he successfully completed Firefighter I school and became a valuable firefighter/operator. All the while, this young man was a full-time nursing student managing his demanding curriculum. He serves as the fire department's secretary and was voted 'Firefighter of the Year.'

"Fortunately for the community, Joel earned his Nursing degree and is now on the Emergency Room staff at North Oaks Medical Center as a Critical Care Registered Nurse.

"Way to 'Lion Up, Joel!'"