Lamz Appointed To SMH Board Of Commissioners; Board Chairman Ferrari Reappointed
SLIDELL, LA – The Slidell Memorial Hospital Board of Commissioners has formally welcomed one new appointment and one re-appointment to its membership. The appointment and reappointment were made by Louisiana Sen. Sharon Hewitt as appointing authority based on nominating committee recommendations.
The new Commissioner is Slidell City Court Judge James “Jim” Lamz, representing Ward 8. First elected to the court in 2004, Lamz said he plans to retire after his current term ends yet wants to stay actively involved in the community, which led to seeking to serve on the Board of Commissioners. A St. Tammany Parish resident for more than 50 years, Lamz has nearly 40 years of legal experience, as an attorney and as a judge. His civic involvement and leadership has been extensive, with service to organizations including Slidell Rotary, American Legion, Leadership Northshore, Slidell Bantam Baseball Association, Slidell Ethics Commission, East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce and Slidell Youth Football Association. As judge, Lamz was the recipient of the Crystal Gavel from the Louisiana State Bar Association in recognition for the improvements and innovations he accomplished at Slidell City Court to better serve the community.
SMH Board of Commissioners Chairman Daniel J. Ferrari, who represents Ward 7, was reappointed for a third term. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Ferrari has more than 42 years of management and leadership experience, both in the U.S. Army and with Lockheed Martin, where he retired after working in management positions in Facilities Planning, Information Systems and Business Development. As a member of the Board of Commissioners, he has previously held offices including Vice Chairman, Secretary, Finance Committee Chair and Master Facility Plan Committee Chair. A resident of St. Tammany Parish for 23 years, his civic involvement also includes serving as a SMH Foundation Board trustee and in the Emergency Department as a SMH Volunteer.
Lamz replaced Kumar Amaraneni, M.D., whose term ended on June 30.
St. Tammany Parish Hospital Service District No. 2 (Slidell Memorial Hospital) is governed by a nine-member Board of Commissioners. Seven members are appointed by an appointing authority (comprised of a local legislative delegation) from nominating committee recommendations. The remaining two members are the President of the Medical Staff and one Medical Staff appointee. Each board member brings a unique background of expertise and experience that is invaluable in guiding Slidell Memorial Hospital. The Board of Commissioners is responsible for the quality of the medical care provided at the hospital.
Slidell Memorial Hospital is a full-service 229-bed acute care not-for-profit community hospital located at 1001 Gause Blvd., in the heart of Slidell, LA. Founded in 1959, SMH serves as a primary healthcare resource for families in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, Pearl River County, Mississippi.
SMH Board of Commissioners Chairman Daniel J. Ferrari, reappointed to third term