|Message from Your ACHE Regent - Fall 2017|
I trust everyone had a great
The Louisiana Hospital
Association held its annual meeting in July.
The Louisiana Chapter of Healthcare Executives hosted a breakfast
program titled Redesign and Operationalize Your Medical Staff for Health
Reform. We used this program as the
venue to present the Regent’s Awards. One of the responsibilities of a Regent
is to recognize leaders for their service and commitment to the advancement of
Our first award was presented
for Early Careerist. An Early Careerist
is someone that is less than 40 years of age and has already made significant
strides in his or her career and vast contributions to our Louisiana Chapter of
This year’s recipient is a true
reflection of the future of healthcare leadership. He has earned both his MBA and MHA from Southeastern
Louisiana University and University of Houston at Clearlake respectively, and
just this year he has advanced to Fellow earning his board certification from
the American College of Healthcare Executives.
He began his healthcare career
as an Administrative Fellow with Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge in
2012. He quickly rose to Business
Manager to Director of Operations for Pediatrics to Administrator of Pediatrics
to Administrator Children’s Hospital and Orthopedics, a position which he has
held for 14 months.
He joined the American College
of Healthcare Executives in 2010 and served as Chair of Membership from 2013-2016
and in 2017 was elected to serve as Member at Large for the Board. He also
built our first website and maintained its content in 2013-2016.
Please join with me as
recognizing our 2017 Early Careerist, Chad M. Cathey, FACHE for his significant
contributions toward the achievement of goals of the American College of
Healthcare Executives and the advancement of healthcare management excellence.
Our Senior-Level Careerist is a
graduate from Texas Tech University with a degree in psychology and is licensed
as a Social Worker, Counselor, and Home Health Administrator. He has been a member of ACHE for 21 years.
He has worked in various
administrative positions in hospitals, treatment centers, and agencies over the
past 25 years. After 8 years with Memorial Hermann Health Care Systems in
Houston, He joined the Evangeline Home Health Organization in 2003 where he
holds the position of Regional Director/Strategic Initiatives.
Today, he serves the Chapter as
the Region 3 Board Member and is a member of the Membership Committee.
Two years ago we merged the two
chapters in Louisiana into one. He was
an instrumental part of the seamless merger.
He freely gave of his time to participate in the joint strategic
planning session between the two chapters and participated in the social to
introduce his former chapter members to the SELA chapter. He has always found the time to support our
chapter, ACHE and our industry.
Please join with me in
recognizing Guy Davis as our 2017 Senior-Level Careerist for his contributions
for the advancement of healthcare management excellence.
Our last award … The Rick
Henault Mentor and Spirit of Servitude Regent’s Award which was established
this year to honor and commemorate the legacy of Mr. Richard (Rick) Henault for
his vast contributions to ACHE and our industry.
In December of 2016 Louisiana
lost a great healthcare pioneer in Richard A. Henault. He has the distinction of being the only
Louisiana member of ACHE to rise through the ranks to Chairman Officer of ACHE.
Rick was an active member of
ACHE for 36 years. He was elected to the
Council of Regents from 1996-1999, and then to Board of Governors from 1999 to
2006. He served as Chairman Officer
2004-2005. He also served on the
nominating committee, Board Policy Committee, Executive Committee and Finance
Committee. He was the recipient of the Regent’s Award in 2002, Service award in
2008 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2009.
A lifelong student and teacher,
Rick frequently spoke about how proud he was to be of service to ACHE, an
organization which exists to advance healthcare excellence. Rick loved serving on the board because it
enabled him to help other healthcare executives better serve their communities
and continue to hone their craft.
Rick also served the community
through helping to shape the minds of future leaders. He was an executive in residence at his alma
mater Tulane University. Rick loved
people and he was outgoing and made people feel special. He always made the time to mentor and be of service
to anyone in the college. My life as
Regent was truly enriched by knowing him.
The recipient of the inaugural
Rick Henault Mentor and Spirit of Servitude Regent’s Award is a true reflection
of the passion and dedication to our industry, service and future leaders. One of this individual’s mentees, shares,
“She embodies the true meaning of a servant leader. She is someone that
has a true passion in mentoring people to achieve greatness in their career,
even when they do not see it in themselves.”
“Coletta is a blessing to our
ministry. Her passion and dedication working to improve the health our
state and region is incredible. She is deserving of this recognition,
affirmed Terrie Sterling, FACHE.
Possessing more than 40 years of
hospital clinical, health plan medical management and executive leadership. Our
recipient is the Vice President of Mission for Our Lady of the Lake Regional
Medical Center. Operationally, she is responsible for Community Advocacy,
Pastoral Care, Parish Nursing, Mission Services, Community Benefit, Government
Relations, Mental and Behavioral Health, Health Centers in Schools and the
Palliative Medicine Program. Prior to her position at Our Lady of the Lake, she
was Vice President of Research and Policy at the Louisiana Hospital Association
(LHA). As Administrative Officer for the
LHA Research & Education Foundation, she served as the senior leader
responsible for special project management in Emergency Preparedness, Managed
Care, Trauma and Quality/Patient Safety. Prior to joining LHA in January
2002, Coletta was Vice President of Administration for Baton Rouge General
Medical Center where she enjoyed a 24-year career.
Coletta Barrett is a diploma graduate from the
Charity Hospital School of Nursing, possesses a bachelor of science in Nursing
from Southeastern Louisiana University and achieved a Master of Health
Administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical
Medicine. Coletta was elected Tulane University’s Outstanding Executive EMH student
by the faculty of the Department of Health Systems Management in 1994. In
April of 2004, the Southeastern Louisiana University, College of Nursing and
Health Sciences named Coletta their 2004 Distinguished Alumnus. In October of 2004, Coletta was named the
Southeastern Louisiana University Alumnus of the Year, in part for her
volunteer work with the American Heart Association. In 2010 she was awarded the
Lifetime Community Service Award by the Greater Baton Rouge Area Leadership
Program of the Chamber of Commerce.
Coletta was recognized by the Louisiana State Nurses Association
Foundation in 2010 as the Community Volunteer Nurse of the Year and the LSNA
Community Volunteer of the Year in 2014.
In 2015 Coletta was inducted into the Louisiana State Nurses Association
Hall of Fame for her lifetime commitment to population health. In addition, she
was recognized by the Louisiana Chapter of Healthcare Executives in 2016 as the
Senior Level Careerist for her efforts in the advancement of healthcare within
Coletta C. Barrett, RN, MHA, FAHA, FACHE served
as the National Chairman of the Board for the American Heart Association in
2003-2004. Coletta is the first
Registered Nurse to ever hold the office of Chief Volunteer Officer for the
AHA. The American Heart Association
launched the Go Red for Women movement under Coletta’s leadership.
She has an appointment from the Governor of
Louisiana to serve on the Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) Board of
Directors. Charged with creating a
statewide Trauma System, Coletta served as the Chairman of the LERN Board for 6
years. Coletta is a member of the
executive committee for the Human Resources Services Administration’s grants to
Louisiana for Hospital Bioterrorism Preparedness and represents Louisiana
hospitals on a number of other forums nationally and throughout the
state. Coletta has published two Emergency Management articles in Health Progress, “Disaster Planning
after Katrina” in November-December 2007 and “Connections Matter when Disaster
Hits” in November-December 2013. She
served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of the
Diocese of Baton Rouge and the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic. Coletta is the past President of the Greater
Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce Alumni Leadership Board. She currently serves as the Chairman of the
Board for the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative in Baton Rouge. In 2002, Coletta was honored as the YWCA
Woman of Achievement in a Specialized Category for her volunteer work in the
Baton Rouge Community and in 2008 she was chosen by the Baton Rouge Business
Report as an Influential Woman in Business.
In 2014 Coletta was awarded the Franciscan Impact Award from Our
Lady of the Lake College and in 2016 the Baton Rouge Area Chamber honored her
with a Community Champion Award for her impact work in the community.
Coletta served on the Advisory Council for the
National Heart Blood and Lung Institute for 4 years, on the Strategic Planning
Board for the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse School of Commerce and
Business for Healthcare Management in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for 8 years and is an
adjunct faculty member of the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Truly, I can’t imagine a more deserving recipient
of the first Rick Henault Mentor and Spirit of Servitude Regent Award ….
Coletta’s life’s work is a reflection of her passion and commitment to service
Please join with me in congratulating our 2017
Louisiana Chapter of Healthcare Executives President, Coletta C. Barrett, RN, FACHE.
Her humility, selflessness and service to others are truly admirable. I’m
honored to call her my friend.
Great leaders need a solid foundation.
I would respectfully ask that you join with me and make a donation to the Fund
for Healthcare Leadership. The monies
are used to provide scholarships and innovation. Any size donation is appreciated by
ACHE. Please make sure checks payable to:
The Fund for
the American College of Healthcare Executives
3376 Eagle Way
Michele K. Sutton, FACHE
Regent for Louisiana