Lakeview Regional Medical Center Names New Chairman of the Board

John L. Donahue III

COVINGTON, La. – Businessman John L. Donahue III has been named the new chairman of the board of trustees of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center. He will also serve as a member of the Tulane University Healthcare System Governing Board that directs Tulane Medical Center. Details were shared in a press release.

“I am honored to be chosen to chair the Lakeview Regional board of trustees,” Donahue said. “It is an opportunity to give back to the community that has been a part of my entire life.”

Donahue takes over after the recent passing of longtime chairwoman Willie Paretti. 

“Ms. Paretti was an integral part of the leadership team at Lakeview Regional and served in numerous capacities for 37 years,” said Hiral Patel, Lakeview Regional’s chief executive officer. “While she will be profoundly missed, I am confident that John will have a significant impact as we continue to provide the highest quality and comprehensive services to the Northshore community.”

Donahue is an active member of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), where he has served four terms on the board of directors of the Bayou Chapter, including a term as chairman and in many other capacities. He also served on the ABC state board of directors. Donahue has provided leadership to the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce as a member of the board of directors and served as its chairman. He is a member of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Vistage, and the Northshore Business Council. He is a 2008 graduate of Leadership St. Tammany and also helped found ChamberPac, the St. Tammany West Chamber’s Political Action Committee. He is the president and chief executive officer of DonahueFavret Contractors, and has served on the board of trustees of Lakeview Regional since 2014.

Donahue was raised in St. Tammany Parish, attended Louisiana State University, and now lives in the Covington/Mandeville area with his wife and four children. 

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