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Louisiana Hospital Association Announces Board Officers, Trustees

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  • Written By: Melanie Zaffuto

The Louisiana Hospital Association announced its 2018-2019 Board of Trustee officers and newly-elected board members during its annual membership meeting on July 23.

Michele Kidd Sutton, FACHE, president and CEO of North Oaks Health System was elected as one of three At-Large Trustees to serve a two-year term.

Michele Kidd Sutton, FACHE

“The LHA thanks our new and returning board members for working to improve the health of Louisiana,” said LHA President & CEO Paul A. Salles. “Their commitment to excellence will help Louisiana hospitals save lives, lower cost and improve patient care throughout our state."

David L. Callecod, FACHE, president of Lafayette General Health, will serve as the LHA Board of Trustees Chair. He received the gavel from James E. Cathey, Jr., CEO Emeritus of North Oaks in Hammond, who recently announced his retirement from the health system effective Aug. 1. Phyllis L. Peoples, MSN, RN, president & CEO of Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma, will serve as the Association’s Chair-Elect, and Parker A. Templeton, FACHE, president and CEO of Iberia Medical Center, was elected Treasurer.

Beyond officers, the LHA Board of Trustees is composed of At-Large and District Trustees. In addition to Sutton, Kirk Soileau, FACHE, CEO of Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, and Dana D. Williams, CEO of Jennings American Legion Hospital, were elected as At-Large Trustees. Jeremy Tinnerello, RN, MSN, CEN, president and CEO of Glenwood Regional Medical Center, was elected to a two-year term as the Northeast District Trustee.

The following individuals were re-elected to serve a second term as District Trustees:

  • Bayou District: Mary Ellen Pratt, FACHE, president and CEO of St. James Parish Hospital in Lutcher;
  • New Orleans District: Warner L. Thomas, FACHE, president & CEO of Ochsner Health System in New Orleans; and
  • Southwest District: Scott M. Smith, Louisiana Market CEO LifePoint Health, who oversees Mercy Regional Medical Center and Teche Regional Medical Center.

Established in 1926, the Louisiana Hospital Association is a non-profit organization representing hospitals and healthcare provider groups across the state. The mission of the LHA is to support its members through advocacy, education and services. For more information, please visit the LHA website.