The Guardian Angel Hospice interdisciplinary team prides itself on providing the highest possible level of care to all our patients and their families. The members of the team are truly Guardian Angels to us, this community, and to every single patient and family member that we encounter. The majority of the Guardian Angel team has been with us since we began providing hospice care in 2003.
Allene McCann, RN, MN - Director of Clinical Services
I have been a hospice nurse for 23 years. I graduated from LSU Medical Center with a Masters in nursing with a specialty in gerontology; I find great fulfillment in helping patients and their families with achieving comfort, dignity, and quality of life. I am the Patient Care Manager and one of the owners of Guardian Angel Hospice. By focusing on emotional and spiritual support, as well as physical comfort, we can provide comprehensive care to our patients.
Tracey McCann, LCSW - General Manager
I graduated from Tulane University with a Masters in Social Work. I began my work with hospice as a volunteer close to 30 years ago. I have always had the desire to provide support to hospice patients and families and chose to pursue my Masters in order to do so professionally. It is such a privilege to be able to be of service to people.
Dr. Stephen Kantrow, MD
I am a board certified specialist in hospice and palliative care medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. I teach and practice medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center and Ochsner Health System, where I also direct the fellowship training program in pulmonary and critical care medicine. I have made home visits to patients for over 25 years, and appreciates the opportunity to make home visits for our hospice patients and their families.
Orange Hopkins, RN - Case Manager
I have been a hospice nurse at Guardian Angel Hospice for 16 years. I graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology. I have a strong work ethic, and with my co-workers, I am able to make a difference in families lives. That is why I work in hospice.
Elba Amescua, RN - Case Manager
I graduated from LSU School of Nursing and I have been a nurse for 26 years. Being a nurse is something I have wanted to do since I was a child. I have worked for Guardian Angel Hospice for several years and I enjoy hospice care because it allows you to have a more personal connection while taking care of your patients.
Angie Trobaugh, RN - Case Manager
I graduated from LSU School of Nursing. I have been a nurse for over 25 years, working with hospice patients and their families for over 15 years. I feel that hospice nursing is my true calling, and I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Maria Ruiz, RN - Case Manager
I graduated from Our Lady of Holy Cross University with my Bachelors degree in Nursing. I’ve been a nurse for 10 years and love working in the hospice field. I love being able to get to know my patients and their families, and being there for them during such a difficult time. I love being able to deliver compassionate care and being a resource for my patients and their families.
Mary Abadie, RN - Case Manager
I am a graduate of Charity School of Nursing with 38 years of experience in the medical field. For the last 8 years, I have served as a hospice nurse. Being a hospice nurse is my purpose on this earth. It is my heart’s desire to serve others the way Jesus did. To serve with love, compassion, comfort, and dignity while increasing a person’s quality of life.
Elizabeth Murphy - Social Worker
I received my Master’s in Social Work and gerontology specialization from Louisiana State University. I believe that hospice social work is my calling, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with patients and their families at this vulnerable time.
JC McCann - Community Liaison, Chaplain
I graduated from Loyola University in business marketing and attended NOBTS for seminary. I currently serve as the chaplain and community educator at Guardian Angel Hospice. My optimism and encouraging spirit help me work with our community to improve our patient’s quality of life. I have been with the company since 2014, and I enjoy this work, because we are able to be there for people during one of their hardest times of their life.
Natalie Prater, CNA - Home Health Aide Supervisor
I have been working as a registered CNA at Guardian Angel Hospice since the company began in 2003. It is a privilege to provide hands-on care to my patients, and to support and educate our families so that they may better care for their loved ones. My hope is to lighten every visit with my sense of humor and optimism.
Sherryl Elzy, CNA - Home Health Aide
I am a registered CNA and have been with Guardian Angel Hospice for over 6 years. I have a passion for my work. I am proud of the hands-on, compassionate care that I give to my patients and their families.
Denneshel Vallery-Coler, CNA - Home Health Aide
I have worked as a certified nursing assistant since 2007. I am a mother of three beautiful children and a loving wife. I take pride in helping others out.
Gina Jones, LPN - Office Manager
As a registered LPN, I have worked at Guardian Angel Hospice for over 17 years. I graduated from NORTI at Delgado. I employ a strong work ethic and knowledge of hospice to ensure our office runs smoothly, and I bring a positive attitude and optimism to my work in the field with patients and families.
Siobhan McCann - Photographer, Medical Records
I graduated from Nicholls State University with a degree in Fine Arts. I offer our families and patients an opportunity to have portraits taken. I love having the chance to give people a memory that will last forever. I love seeing people smile!
Ashley Tran - Medical Records
I am a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant and a mother of one. I work in the Medical Records department at Guardian Angel Hospice and I am extremely proud to be a part of this team.