Dionne Duplantier, Nurse Practitioner
New Orleans, MA
Dionne Duplantier is the type of nurse practitioner people wish could care for them and everyone they know. Her early experience in emergency departments and advanced cardiac medicine taught Dionne that providing excellent care is about treating a patient’s mental and social health, as well as their physical ailments.
Her drive to think differently about patient care led her to make the leap outside of more traditional health care settings and join a new venture capital company, Ready Responders, as one of its first clinicians.
At its core, the Ready model empowers nurses, paramedics, and EMTs—aka Responders—to practice at the top of their license and deliver on-demand care backed by certified clinicians through telehealth. Dionne’s early influence is apparent in Ready’s patient-first approach.
Because Ready Responders is a technology-forward company with extensive experience in telehealth, they were well-prepared with the pandemic, which saw their call volume triple.
Dionne: “Shortly into the crisis, we began offering in-home testing, which is such an amazing and unprecedented service for those unable to seek traditional care or testing, and for those generally marginalized by society. Our goal is, and always has been, to lessen the burden on the emergency departments and the health care system. The role we have played, and the capacity in which we continue to serve, has never been more important in my opinion.”