Ochsner Health System Welcomes Dr. Lennarz As New System Chair Of Pediatrics

Dr. William Lennarz

NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Health System welcomed Dr. William Lennarz as the System Chair of Pediatrics and the AMD of Pediatrics at Ochsner Medical Center – Jefferson Highway.

         Dr. Lennarz comes to Ochsner with years of experience as a pediatric emergency physician and a long history of administrative roles. Most recently he served as Chief Medical Officer in Pediatrics for Bon Secours Virginia Health System in Richmond, VA, a large health system on the east coast. He also served as Director of Pediatric Emergency Services of Legacy Health System in Portland, Oregon. Prior to that he worked for the U.S. Public Health Service in several locations across the world.

         “I am thrilled to join Ochsner Health System and to build upon its longstanding record of excellence in providing high-quality, affordable care to patients in the Gulf South and beyond,” said Dr. Lennarz. “I see myself as a facilitator of the strategic growth of Ochsner Hospital for Children into a world-class system of care for children across the region.  Ochsner has all the necessary makings of a true center of excellence with a strong foundation in delivering the most complex care at the highest standards of quality to adults.  We will simply be expanding these strengths to the pediatric arena, while embracing the concept of population health to provide the right care and the right place and the right time for children, both healthy and ill or injured, across the Gulf South.”

         Gradually, throughout his career as a pediatric emergency physician, Dr. Lennarz began taking on more administrative responsibilities. Motivated by his increasing role as an administrator, Dr. Lennarz worked to receive his Master of Medical Management from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business in 2012.

         He has been active throughout his career in education as well as child advocacy. He has served not only in leadership for his local health system, but has served in an advocacy capacity in various states and with multiple agencies and foundations. He has also been an invited speaker on pediatric emergency medicine topics at various conferences across the country and has authored text book chapters on pediatric sedation among other topics.

         “Dr. Lennarz has been successful in very impressive growth and expansion of pediatrics in all of his administrative roles in both Virginia and Oregon, and now brings that expertise and experience to Ochsner Health System,” said Dr. Robert I. Hart, Regional Medical Director, Ochsner Health System, OMC – Jefferson Highway. “He is working to visit each of the regions within our system, to see what the needs are of our diverse group of patients.”

         Dr. Lennarz completed his undergraduate training at John Hopkins in biology, then moved to Charlottesville, VA, where he earned a medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

         Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 28 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 60 health centers, company reps said.

         Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across three specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 17,000 employees and over 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 1,000 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is a tobacco-free environment.

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