Louisiana Hospital Association Honors Cathey, Fontenot as Lifetime Members

The Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) recently honored honored Teri G. Fontenot, FACHE, CEO Emeritus of Woman’s Hospital, and James E. “Jimmy” Cathey, Jr., CEO Emeritus of North Oaks Health System, as lifetime members of the Association in recognition of their substantial contributions to the hospital industry in Louisiana and their communities.

Cathey has been a member of the LHA for more than 30 years, holding several leadership positions, including serving as chair of the Louisiana Health Association’s Board of Trustees from 2017 to 2018. He also served as an at-large member of the LHA board and as the Southeast District president and trustee.

“We applaud Jimmy for his passion, vision and dedication to advancing patient care in our state, and we are grateful for his years of insightful leadership on various committees that govern the association,” said LHA President & CEO Paul A. Salles.

Cathey served as the CEO of North Oaks Health System from 1986 to 2016. In December of 2016, he was named CEO emeritus, and retired in Aug. of 2018.

Fontenot has been a member of the LHA for more than 20 years, holding several leadership positions on the Louisiana Health Association’s Board of Trustees, including serving as chair in 2002. She also served on the LHA Management Corporation Board, HOSPAAC Board, LHA Trust Funds Board, and LHA CEO Search Committee.

“Teri’s knowledge, experience and compassion set her apart as an extraordinary leader,” said  Salles. “We are grateful for her commitment to healthcare in Louisiana, which has greatly benefited from her involvement with various committees that govern the association.”

Fontenot joined Woman’s Hospital in 1992 as the chief financial officer and assumed the role of chief executive officer in 1996. In March of 2019, she announced her retirement, and was named CEO emeritus.

In addition to making a difference in the state, Fontenot has been active in the healthcare field nationally. She was elected chair of the American Hospital Association in 2012. She also had a six-year term on the Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health for the National Institutes of Health.

North Oaks Health System’s President and Chief Executive Officer Michele Kidd Sutton, FACHE, said, “We congratulate Jimmy for his more than three decades of service to the LHA, North Oaks and our community, and for being recognized as a lifetime member of the Association.”