With pending launch of their new St. Tammany Cancer Center, partners St. Tammany Health System and Ochsner Health announced selection of Jack Khashou as administrator.
Khashou has been at the forefront of the partners’ cancer endeavors since joining St. Tammany Health System in 2014 and serves as administrator of the current St. Tammany Cancer Center. He has more than 20 years of healthcare experience in executive roles for STHS, Ochsner, and Tenet.
“Jack’s collaborative leadership style and his pivotal role leading our existing cancer center make him the strongest choice for administrator in the new center,” said Joan M. Coffman, STHS president and CEO. “We are excited and grateful to have Jack at the helm as we launch the area’s most comprehensive, integrative cancer facility.”
A majority of Khashou’s executive experience is in hospital and ambulatory operations as well as in strategy and business development. Khashou holds bachelor’s and master's degrees in human performance and health promotion and health care management. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“The partnership in cancer services among STHS, Ochsner, and community physicians provides west St. Tammany with an amazing level of care. As we get closer to completing construction on a facility that will make great cancer care even better, we know that through the leadership of Jack Khashou we will continue to see this enterprise thrive and grow,” said Tim Riddell, MD, Ochsner Northshore’s Regional Medical Director. “As we move from construction to operations, we need to express our gratitude to Gwen Guernsey, Ochsner Northshore West, COO, for helping create this world-class facility and $50 million investment in the future of cancer care close to home.”
The new 75,000-foot, multistory facility opens in June. The partners have invested in technology including advanced diagnostics and robotics to improve local cancer care, and the partnership expands access to Ochsner’s phase 1 clinical trials and precision cancer therapy programs.
“From its roots in 1998 to its first physical center in 2012 and expansion of the center in 2016, STHS’s cancer program has a long history of care in the community,” Khashou said. “The relocation of our cancer center to this beautiful new facility is only the tip of the iceberg. The combined capabilities of STHS and Ochsner coalesce to create a program from screening and prevention through treatment, surgery, clinical trials and survivorship. Expansion of our specialized capabilities continues this commitment. As partners, we wish to ensure our patients we have the care they need and the expertise they prefer.”