Feeding the heroes in New Orleans and beyond
New Orleans has been hit hard by the coronavirus, with more than 20,000 reported cases in Louisiana, and 5,600+ cases in New Orleans. Orleans and Jefferson parishes – where the COVID-19 outbreak began in Louisiana – are now reporting more than 10,700 of the state's COVID-19 cases. New Orleans has 5,651 cases, while Jefferson Parish has 5,088 cases, as of the latest update. The city’s healthcare system is under extraordinary pressure.
Leidos has supported Entergy, the New Orleans-based utility, as part of a 20-year partnership. They are currently executing on over 150 task orders in IT, power delivery, and grid modernization projects for the utility. Community engagement and support have always been a hallmark of this partnership, and during the pandemic our Entergy team has continued to engage and support the most critical needs. As a gesture of support and gratitude, the Entergy team recently provided 50 meals for the ER staff at Tulane Medical Center. The medical staff were delighted by the meals as well as the support and encouragement.
This effort was initiated by Leidos Entergy team member Tony Terranova. His wife, Kerry Terranova, is a former Tulane ER nurse, and she helped coordinate the effort with the hospital. The Entergy Program Leadership Team, which includes Tony, led the effort. Other team members include Chris Rienstra, Julie Quick, Steve Post, Anthony Nguyen, and Sherryl Owens.
Energized by the initial donation of meals, the Entergy team recently donated enough breakfast meals to feed an entire New Orleans hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Emergency Room and COVID-19 Unit workers. In the coming weeks, the Entergy team will also provide meals to Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans and continue to give back to their local communities.