Names in the News: People shaping the future of Lake Area business

Published 4:25 am Sunday, February 5, 2023

QuickTake Health recognized

QuickTake Health was one of the start-up companies chosen by LG Electronics’ North American Innovation Center (NOVA), for its “Mission for the Future,” a global search for companies with innovative concepts and transformative solutions that provide a positive impact on people and planet, to come explore collaboration opportunities with LG NOVA.

QuickTake Health was selected from 752 applications in digital health and 2,170 submission in total. In addition, the company was chosen to present in the LG NOVA Eureka Park lounge last month at CES 2023, the annual technology trade show hosted by the Consumer Technology Association, to visually demonstrate its product, QuickTake.

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QuickTake Health was founded in Lake Charles in 2021 by Dr. John Noble, orthopaedic surgeon and chief medical officer, and Rand Ragusa, company president.

During the pandemic, Ragusa had worked for a company that provided digital thermal temperature reading kiosks at medical office entrances across the state after the COVID-19 shutdown in 2020. This seamless process led him to consider about how other vital sign data, such as height, weight, and blood pressure, could possibly be collected in the same automated, efficient way using technology.

At the same time, Noble was frustrated with the time it took his staff to take vital signs. Ragusa approached Noble to discuss a solution, and the vision behind QuickTake Health quickly took shape. The pair formed a development team and created a prototype powered by advanced camera technology, biometric sensors, and EHR (electronic health record) integration.

Witt named branch manager

CSE Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce the selection of Kyle Witt as the Sulphur location’s new branch manager. Branch Manager Diana Landry retired in January.

Witt joined CSE in 2016, working through different levels of the operations department and continuing as the assistant branch manager for a total of four years altogether.

His career in the financial industry began ten years ago at Chase Bank and has flourished since. He holds a certification as a credit union Financial Counselor and IRA Specialist II.

Thomas president of hospital staff

SULPHUR — Ken Thomas, MD, family medicine physician, was recently elected president of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s medical staff at the annual general medical staff meeting.

As president, Thomas will work with the medical staff and team members to ensure the quality and efficiency of clinical services and performance within the hospital.

In his term, Thomas will serve as chairman of the Medical Executive Committee and organized general medical staff, and will attend WCCH Board of Commissioners meetings.

Thomas practices alongside Maureen Lannan, MD, family medicine physician, at The Cypress Clinic at 622 Cypress St. in Sulphur.

He is a graduate of LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, and completed his family medicine residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss.

He is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of the Louisiana State Medical Society and the American Association of Family Practice.

Hearod to lead trust department

JENNINGS — JD Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Misty Hearod to vice president trust officer and trust department manager.

In her new role, Hearod is responsible for the management of JD Bank’s Trust Department, which consists of administering a large book of personal, medical, charitable, tribal, supplemental needs, asset preservation trusts, and Investment Agency accounts.

She will also oversee the Trust Department’s administration of Corporate Employee Benefit Plans along with other retirement plans for individuals and businesses.

Hearod joined JD Bank as a part-time teller in May 2003. She became a full-time employee of the Trust Department in August 2003.   

Hearod is a lifelong resident of the Southwest Louisiana area and graduated from Iota High School in 1999. She is a 2017 graduate of the Cannon Financial Personal Trust School at Boston University.