Steve Scalise speaks at an Evening for Healers


An Evening for Healers supports LSU Health Shreveport and funds the most critical needs of the Health Sciences Center, making it possible to continue the mission of educating tomorrow’s healthcare professionals, delivering outstanding patient care, and conducting promising research.

LSU Health Shreveport is an invaluable resource in our community with an impact that reaches far beyond the state of Louisiana. With recent uncertainty surrounding the state budget and budget cuts, community support and external funding is imperative to continued success. 

Congressman Steve Scalise was shot in June of 2017 and needed first responders to stay alive. At the evening for Healers he said, “I’m thankful to the fact that there are great doctors and nurses and EMTs and people in the first responder community that work every single day to make sure that they save lives.” 

Samantha “JoJo” Sims had just celebrated her 21st birthday when she started experiencing a loss of feeling from the waist down after receiving a spinal tap to rule out a possible case of meningitis. Thinking that she might never walk on her own unassisted again, a chance conversation led JoJo to the School of Allied Health Professions Rehabilitation Clinic with the hope of one day walking again. 

Sims talked about walking for the first time. She said, “It was terrifying but it was an amazing feeling because I hadn’t walked in so long.”

Juan Zuniga and his mom, Enedina, were closing up their family’s local restaurant for the evening. A normal end-of-the-day routine turned tragic when Juan was shot twice in the chest while trying to protect his mom from two armed robbers. He was rushed to University Health where LSU Health Shreveport doctors began work immediately to save his life. 

Zuniga said “It was truly phenomenal having the care of so many people. So many doctors, so many nurses, they were all united in a common goal, to save my life, and that’s truly incredible.”

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