February 20, 2013
Tangipahoa Parish Council
P. O. Box 215
Amite, LA 70422
Re: Hospital Service District #1 of Tangipahoa Parish Reappointment
For the undeniable reasons outlined below, the Medical Staff Leadership
and the Boards of North Oaks Health System, North Oaks Medical Center
and North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital respectfully request that the Tangipahoa
Parish Council continue what it so thoughtfully, and wisely, put in place
40 years ago – physician representation on this community’s
Health System Board—with the reappointment of James L. Nelson, MD.
His reappointment is necessary as he has historically served and currently
serves both this position and community so well.
The North Oaks Medical Staff is inherently in place to provide care to
patients. Therefore, the Health System Board governing the Health System
needs physician representation to ensure safe, quality healthcare. Physician
insight, knowledge and experience at the Board level provide an important
and critical perspective for patient advocacy. As a patient advocate,
Dr. Nelson provides the Board with high-level, accomplished physician
insight and medical expertise.
Dr. Nelson has exhibited extraordinary professional and personal accomplishments
as a long-time surgeon in this community. He continuously demonstrates
great commitment to a wide variety of medical/operational issues, and
he has given of his personal time and thought, asking for nothing in return.
In short, Dr. Nelson’s voice on the Board speaks to what is best
for patient care, and he does so passionately with expertise and experience
that cannot be found in anyone else.
We wholeheartedly encourage the Tangipahoa Parish Council to reappoint
Dr. James Nelson to the Board of Commissioners for Hospital Service District
No. 1 of Tangipahoa Parish.
Jherie Ducombs, MD
Chief of Staff
North Oaks Medical Center
Greg Allen, MD
North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital Board of Managers
Lisa Jaubert, MD
Chief of Staff
North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital
Guy Recotta, Jr.
North Oaks Health System Board of Commissioners