Louisiana Hospital Association Announces Board Officers, Trustees

BATON ROUGE, La – The Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) announced its 2019-2020 Board of Trustee officers and newly-elected board members during its annual membership meeting on July 22. Details were shared in a press release.

“The LHA recognizes its new and returning board members for their dedication to improving healthcare in communities throughout our state,” said LHA President & CEO Paul A. Salles. “These members continually strive to improve patient care and lower healthcare costs.”

Phyllis L. Peoples, president & CEO of Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma, will serve as the LHA Board of Trustees Chair. She received the gavel from David L. Callecod, FACHE, president of Lafayette General Health, who will now serve as Immediate Past Chair. Parker A. Templeton, FACHE, CEO of Iberia Medical Center in New Iberia, will serve as the Association’s Chair-Elect, and Jason E. Cobb, FACHE, CEO of Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, was elected Treasurer.

In addition to the officers, the LHA Board of Trustees is composed of At-Large and District Trustees.
Edgardo Tenreiro, FACHE, CEO of Baton Rouge General Medical Center, and Chris Fox, division president-facility based services for LHC Group in Lafayette, were elected as At-Large Trustees for a two-year term. William Weaver, CEO of Brentwood Hospital in Shreveport, was re-elected to serve a second term as an At-Large Trustee.

The following individuals were elected to serve as District Trustees:
· Central District: Chris Karam, FACHE, senior vice president of group operations for CHRISTUS Health Louisiana and Southeast Texas and president and chief executive officer of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System in Alexandria, was elected to serve a two-year term;
· Northwest District: David C. Jones, administrator & CEO of North Caddo Medical Center in Vivian, was elected to serve a two-year term; and
· Southeast District: Rene J. Ragas, CEO of Our Lady of Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, was re-elected to serve a second term.

In addition, the LHA Research & Education Foundation elected Gregory C. Feirn, CPA, CEO of LCMC Health in New Orleans, as the Foundation’s Chair and re-elected Charles D. Daigle, CEO of Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport, as its Secretary/Treasurer.


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