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.
“The LHA thanks our new and returning board members for working to improve the health of Louisiana,” said LHA President and 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 Health System in Hammond. Phyllis L. Peoples, MSN, RN, president and 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.
In addition to the officers, the LHA Board of Trustees is composed of at-large and district trustees. Elected as at-large trustees for a two-year term are Kirk Soileau, FACHE, CEO of Natchitoches Regional Medical Center; Michele Kidd Sutton, FACHE, president and CEO of North Oaks Health System; and Dana D. Williams, CEO of Jennings American Legion Hospital. 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: MaryEllen Pratt, FACHE, president and CEO of St. James Parish Hospital in Lutcher;
New Orleans District: Warner L. Thomas, FACHE, president and 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.