New Orleans

Chad Cathey has been appointed operational director of Lakeview Regional Medical Centera campus of Tulane Medical Center.

Cathey has executive responsibility for the operational procedures of the 167-bed acute care hospital and will be part of the team responsible for the hospital’s strategic planning.

Cathey most recently served as senior director of hospital operations for Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, an institution of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Baton Rouge. Cathey has 10 years of operating experience. He served as an administrative associate at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and was a project manager for the department of anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in management from LSU, a master’s degree in business administration from Southeastern Louisiana University and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.

Thomas Aleman is employed by OnPath Federal Credit Union as senior vice president of growth.

Aleman comes from Corporate One FCU, a $6 billion corporate credit union, where he was assistant vice president of key accounts.

Prior to joining Corporate One, Aleman was a regional director of JMFA, a non-interest income and non-interest expense consulting firm. He was also a licensed relationship banker with JPMorgan Chase Bank in New Orleans and a teller for Whitney National Bank before that.

Annie Matherne is united Gambel Communications as senior communications strategist.

Matherne will develop and manage communications strategy and solutions for a variety of clients, including Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Louisiana, Hilton New Orleans Riverside and Sankofa.

She is the former director of public relations for the Audubon Nature Institute.

She graduated with a degree in public relations and advertising and a minor in business administration from Spring Hill College. While in college, Matherne worked as an intern at Gambel.


Jeffrey FernandezOchsner Health’s senior vice president and executive advisor has taken on the role of new CEO Ochsner Health Plan.

Fernandez replaces Terry Shilling, who has served in an advisory role to lead the health plan’s implementation.

Prior to joining Ochsner in August 2021, Fernandez served as senior vice president of Humana’s Medicare West segment, responsible for Medicare Advantage operations in 17 states, including Louisiana. His career with Humana spanned 16 years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from LSU, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and a law degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

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Baton Rouge

Jennifer Clowers the chief financial officer has been appointed Health of Our Lady of the Lake.

Clowers has 16 years of service within the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, most recently serving as the system’s vice president for ambulatory services. She served in multiple capacities at Our Lady of Lourdes Health, starting as vice president of finance/controller before moving to CFO and eventually interim market president.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in business administration from Louisiana Tech University.

Mel Collins was elected chairman of NPC services.

Collins has served as NPC’s facility manager since 2004, managing day-to-day operations and administration, operations staff and coordination of contracted services.

Collins succeeds Bill Dawson, who retired after 36 years.

He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from LSU.

Dr Victoria Borgois AND Dr. Nathan Sugarman are united General Practitioners of Baton Rougelocated on the hospital’s Bluebonnet campus.

Bourgeois will see patients at the Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic and Sugarman will care for patients at Baton Rouge Family Medical Center.

Bourgeois received her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the LSU Health Sciences Center at Women’s Hospital in Baton Rouge.

Sugarman received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California and a medical degree from the American Caribbean University School of Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency at Baton Rouge General, where he served as chief resident.

Dr. Prathipa Santhanam has joined the provider group at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health.

Santhanam is a pediatric gastroenterologist who treats patients with a variety of conditions, including abdominal pain, constipation, nausea, vomiting, eosinophilic esophagitis and inflammatory bowel disease.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, physics and chemistry from the Anglo-Chinese Junior College and a doctorate degree from the PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. She went on to complete her pediatric residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and her ACGME Fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at the University of North Carolina.

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