Mike Whittington has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of Hood Memorial
Hospital in Amite.
Whittington, who has nearly 30 years of health care leadership experience,
assumes the role as part of a recent cooperative endeavor agreement between
Tangipahoa Parish’s two hospital service districts, doing business
as North Oaks Health System and Hood Memorial Hospital. The agreement
calls for North Oaks Health System to provide consultative services and
leadership to Hood Memorial Hospital from Dec. 3, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2019.
“Mike is a tested, trusted and successful leader at North Oaks with
both clinical and management expertise,” affirms Charles Guzzardo,
chairman of Hood’s Board of Commissioners. “We believe that
Mike is perfect for this assignment.”
Whittington has been serving North Oaks as assistant vice president of
acute care informatics since 2013, working with electronic health record
technology. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Whittington
has continued to stay involved in direct patient care as a family nurse
practitioner with North Oaks Primary Care & After Hours Clinic in
Ponchatoula since 2015. He began his health care career at North Oaks
in 1990 as an intensive care unit staff registered nurse. In 1993, he
was promoted to administrative nursing supervisor and transferred to the
role of nursing information systems analyst in 2000. Other leadership
roles in which Whittington has served include: director of patient services
from 2002-2010 and assistant vice president of critical care services
Whittington earned a master’s degree in Nursing through Southeastern
Louisiana University in Hammond. He also holds both an associate degree
in Nursing through Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit and
a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Loyola University in New Orleans.
He is certified as a family nurse practitioner through the American Academy
of Nurse Practitioners.
Professionally, Whittington belongs to the Sigma Theta International Honor
Society of Nursing, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the
Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners. He also serves on the Northshore
Technical Community College Information Technology Advisory Committee
and Tangipahoa Parish School Board Vision 2020 Commission.