August 3, 2018

Louisiana Hospital Association Announces Board Officers, Trustees

Baton Rouge - The Louisiana Hospital Association announced its 2018-2019 Board of Trustee officers and newly-elected board members during its annual membership meeting on July 23.

“The LHA thanks our new and returning board members for working to improve the health of Louisiana,” said LHA President & CEO Paul A. Salles. “Their commitment to excellence will help Louisiana hospitals save lives, lower cost and improve patient care throughout our state."

David L. Callecod, FACHE, president of Lafayette General Health, will serve as the LHA Board of Trustees Chair. He received the gavel from James E. Cathey, Jr., CEO Emeritus of North Oaks Health System in Hammond. Phyllis L. Peoples, RN, MSN, president & CEO of Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma, will serve as the Association’s Chair-Elect, and Parker A. Templeton, FACHE, president and CEO of Iberia Medical Center, was elected Treasurer.

In addition to the officers, the LHA Board of Trustees is composed of At-Large and District Trustees. Kirk Soileau, FACHE, CEO of Natchitoches Regional Medical Center; Michele Kidd Sutton, FACHE, president and CEO of North Oaks Health System; and Dana D. Williams, CEO of Jennings American Legion Hospital, were elected as At-Large Trustees for a two-year term. Jeremy Tinnerello, RN, MSN, CEN, president and CEO of Glenwood Regional Medical Center, was elected to a two-year term as the Northeast District Trustee.

The following individuals were re-elected to serve a second term as District Trustees:

  • Bayou District: Mary Ellen Pratt, FACHE, president and CEO of St. James Parish Hospital in Lutcher;
  • New Orleans District: Warner L. Thomas, FACHE, president & CEO of Ochsner Health System in New Orleans; and
  • Southwest District: Scott M. Smith, Louisiana Market CEO LifePoint Health, who oversees Mercy Regional Medical Center and Teche Regional Medical Center. About the Louisiana Hospital Association Established in 1926, the Louisiana Hospital Association is a non-profit organization representing hospitals and healthcare provider groups across the state. The mission of the LHA is to support its members through advocacy, education and services. For more information, please visit the LHA website at

Jeremy Tinnerello, RN, MSN, CEN

Jeremy Tinnerello is the president of Steward Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe. He has held this position since November 2016. Tinnerello has been a long-standing member of the Glenwood Administrative Team and has served as director of nursing, chief nursing officer and chief operating officer. He has an extensive background in healthcare that began in 1993 when he was first employed by Glenwood as an orderly. After completing his nursing school at Louisiana Tech University, he continued his career as a registered nurse in the emergency department for 15 years. He also served as director of Glenwood’s Disaster Management Program for Hurricane Katrina and its recovery. Following his tenure in the emergency department, Tinnerello took over directorship of departments within the facility before completing his master’s degree in Nursing and Health Administration in 2014. Tinnerello is active on several boards, including the Louisiana Hospital Association, Northeast Louisiana Physician Health Organization, West Monroe/Ouachita Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Tech University Health Science and the University of Louisiana – Monroe College of Health Sciences.