The Bossier Chamber of Commerce recognizes our local healthcare professionals this week.

The Salute to Healthcare Awards ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Margaritaville Resort Casino.

The award for Healthcare Professional of the Year goes to RN Lucy Grove at Willis-Knighton Hospice. She provides follow-up bereavement services after a family member has passed away. She also ministers to the homeless. She's been dubbed the "mother Theresa" in our community because of her "selfless, sacrificial giving to those who can never repay her."

The Healthcare Volunteer of the Year is Mac McMahen with Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy. He recently retired from his volunteer pharmacist position at age 90. Before that, he was there every Tuesday and Thursday to fill prescriptions for people who have no prescription coverage and no way to get the medications they need.

And the Dr. John Michiotto Livetime Achievement Awards will be given to James K. Elrod, President/CEO of Willis-Knighton Health Systems. Elrod has been avtively involved in the community, serving on boards of organizations to support economic, educational, cultural and humanitarian initiatives. He's the longest-tenured hospital administrator in the United States, a rated pilot with multi-engine instrument flight privileges and a graduate of the FBI Citizens' Academy.

According to the Bossier Chamber, these three serve as an inspiration to others as they work to improve the quality of healthcare and to discover new ways to assist those in need.