HOUMA– Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) is proud to announce that Connie Gaines, Administrative Services Director, and Kay Mabile, Quality Assurance Director for Lab and Ultrasound, have been named 2018 Healthcare Heroes by New Orleans CityBusiness, placing them among the top 50 medical professionals in the Greater New Orleans area.
With nearly 30 years of experience working at CIS, Gaines began as a nuclear processing technician, and her title evolved over the years to better represent her responsibilities. She is particularly instrumental in the facilitation of new clinic locations. She is the behind-the-scenes mastermind for all new locations and renovations, coordinating with all departments to ensure the start-up process is smooth.
Gaines also puts the safety of CIS employees as top priority. It is important to her to ensure that CIS employees have the knowledge required to do their jobs safely and effectively. She creates and maintains our OSHA and building safety guidelines and education. She also creates and manages all employee safety policies for fire, hurricanes, tornadoes, toxic or natural disaster and active shooters. Gaines also oversees CIS purchasing, maintenance, asset management, taxes and property insurance.
Pictured from left to right are Joey Fontenot, BS, RT (R,N), CMPE, COO; Kay Mabile, Craig Walker, FACC, FACP, MD; Connie Gaines and David Konur, FACHE, CEO.
As the Lab and Ultrasound Quality Assurance Director at CIS, Kay Mabile has contributed to the organization in a multitude of ways, going above and beyond since joining the team in 1986 as the company’s first echo technologist. Over time, she has grown professionally, as have her duties, and she is relied on to manage all workings of the ultrasound and lab departments.
Mabile demonstrates excellence and knowledge in both clinical and management areas. Her experience is imperative to the daily operations of these departments, as well as accreditation and licensing. When speaking to her about technical terms, team members say they immediately notice the knowledge she holds. She is very meticulous and diligent in her work. The lab that Mabile manages runs more than one million tests per year, and though her duties typically keep her in an office, she takes on many roles and can still be found in the clinic drawing blood or working in the lab when help is needed.
Gaines and Mabile were honored at a reception on Monday, May 14 at The New Orleans Museum of Art. Since 2007, New Orleans CityBusiness has been nominating industry standouts as Healthcare Heroes. This recognition is given annually to 50 healthcare professionals in the greater New Orleans area who have achieved medical success, made contributions to the community, and had a significant impact on the local healthcare industry.