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A.J. Bodker and Ann Carruth to Lead North Oaks Health System Board of Commissioners

The North Oaks Health System Board of Commissioners has named A.J. Bodker and Ann Carruth, DNS, RN as officers for 2014. Bodker leads the Board as Chairman with Carruth as Vice Chairman.

Mr. Bodker, a Ponchatoula native, has served on the North Oaks Board of Commissioners for 10 years. He was initially nominated to the Board by the Ponchatoula Rotary Club and appointed by the Tangipahoa Parish Council in December of 2003, with a January 1, 2004 effective date. He was reappointed for a second six-year term in 2010 and served as Vice Chairman until 2013. He also has served as Chairman of Buildings and Grounds and the Board designee to the Compliance Committee. He was an educator and principal at Ponchatoula High School for 35 years. After retiring, he was a supervisor of student teachers at Southeastern Louisiana University for 11 years.

“I am honored to serve the North Oaks Health System,” affirms Bodker. “I have seen North Oaks rise from a small town hospital to a nationally respected health system, and am privileged to represent the citizens of Tangipahoa Parish and surrounding areas on the Board of Commissioners, and help guide the facility as it strives to meet the health care needs of our community.”

Dr. Carruth, a resident of Hammond, has fulfilled the unexpired term of Dr. Eleanor Wells on the Board since 2012. Dr. Carruth is Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Southeastern Louisiana University, and has served in various teaching and administrative positions at the University since 1990. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Tangipahoa District Nurses Association (serving as President from 2007-2009), Northshore Healthcare Alliance and the Southern Nursing Research Society.

“I embrace this wonderful opportunity to continue engaging in the growth of North Oaks Health System,” asserts Carruth. “I am honored to serve our community in this vital role.”

Serving on the North Oaks Board of Commissioners in addition to Bodker and Carruth are Blake Daniels of Ponchatoula and Ron Macaluso and Guy Recotta of Hammond.

For more information about North Oaks Health System or the Board of Commissioners, contact North Oaks Corporate Communications at (985) 230-6647 or click here.