Lakeview Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that Dr. Chad Muntan, Director of Lakeview Regional’s Emergency Department, has been chosen as a Healthcare Hero for 2013. Started in 2007, Health Care Heroes honors 50 health care professionals in the New Orleans area in six categories: animal care, first responder, nurse, physician, professional and volunteer. Honorees were selected based on industry and community involvement and achievement that has set the pace for the overall community. Dr. Muntan assures each and every patient is given the best in quality of care in a most caring manner. He has significantly improved the service and time of care for emergency room patients at Lakeview Regional. Dr. Muntan was instrumental in establishing a crucial, educational program in St. Tammany Parish—“Sudden Impact”—aimed at significantly lowering the number of teen deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes. The “Sudden Impact” program is an eight-hour program for high school sophomores dedicated to the prevention of injuries and fatalities related to driving under the influence, distracted driving, and driving or riding without a seatbelt. Dr. Muntan teaches the classes at several northshore high schools, where he is also able to address the high suicide rate among the young adults of St. Tammany Parish. He educates the students about designer drugs, bath salts and other drugs that have tragically impacted the St. Tammany Parish community. He is available to answer any questions, as well as provide guidance in the importance of good judgment and right decisions. Dr. Muntan stands as a wonderful role model for these young adults who may be looking for someone they can turn to in a time of need. Although Dr. Muntan is also busy with his medical profession, he always finds the time to give back to the community in other endeavors. He works with the Cub Scouts, Emergency Medicine Council in St. Tammany Parish and Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN), which is a statewide organization that directs trauma patients to the proper hospital.