What led you to the role you currently hold in your company? Did you see yourself in this position when you started out in the workforce?
“I originally intended to become a city manager but changed to healthcare administration. I became fascinated with the complexities of the job and the opportunity to make a difference in the quality of people’s lives.”
What is the biggest challenge you have faced over the years and how did you meet it?
“A lot of the challenges here were how to change to align with the needs of the community. The care that we provide is top-quality care. That started as a vision for what we could be and our potential. We developed strategic plans and tactical plans and then executed those plans along that spectrum. It’s challenging to come up with that vision, make the plans, meet the requirements to meet that vision, and execute that plan at the level you’re required to execute it. All of those together constitute in my opinion tremendous challenges and it requires smarts, teamwork and all of the abilities a person may have.”
What skill do you feel all successful leaders must possess?
“Being agile and the ability to adapt to change.”
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
“Wellness and what we’re doing going forward. We’re helping the community be a healthier place to live and individuals, facilities, companies and organizations are better for it. They’re reaping the benefits of it, and that inspires us every day.”
How are you going to impact the Bayou Region in 2021?
“We will continue to grow and provide high-quality cost-effective care close to home. The opening of our new 80,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Cancer Institute later this year will bring a new level of quality and cancer care to the region that we have not had before. Also, we will work to further develop comprehensive neuroscience services and WellFit, which integrates medical care with wellness, giving individuals the highest quality, most active lifestyle possible.” •