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New CEO to Lead CHRISTUS Southwest Louisiana July 25, 2018

Kevin Holland

Lake Charles, La. – (July 25, 2018) CHRISTUS Health announced today that the leadership of its ministries in Southwestern Louisiana will be restructured, and that one CEO will lead CHRISTUS Southwestern Louisiana.

This decision follows an announcement in June of last year that CHRISTUS Health and Ochsner Health System had signed a letter of intent to pursue a joint venture of CHRISTUS operations in the Lake Charles area.

Effective Aug. 20, Kevin Holland, will join the organization as CEO of CHRISTUS Southwestern Louisiana, and will oversee both CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital and CHRISTUS Lake Area Hospital. Robbin Odom, who has served as interim CEO of CHRISTUS Lake Area Hospital since last year, will become Chief Nursing Officer of CHRISTUS Southwestern Louisiana. Donald Lloyd, who has served as president and CEO of CHRISTUS St. Patrick, will depart to pursue other opportunities on Sept. 28.

“As we have been hearing from the community about our upcoming joint venture with Ochsner, it became clear that this is a new day for CHRISTUS in Southwestern Louisiana, and so our new joint venture should have a new leadership structure,” said Stephen Wright, senior vice president of group operations, CHRISTUS Health. “We understand that when our joint venture is finalized, our ministries in Southwestern Louisiana will need one leader over both hospitals who can honor our history but position us for the future and a joint venture that will allow us to be even better together than we are individually.”

“This, however, does not change the admirable work our leaders in Lake Charles have done for CHRISTUS and to benefit the community and our patients,” Wright said. Lloyd has served as president and CEO of CHRISTUS St. Patrick since 2012, and has worked to improve the ministry’s clinical and financial performance. He also developed a strategic and operational collaboration with Imperial Health, supported the acquisition of CHRISTUS Lake Area, worked closely with the physician owners to purchase 51 percent ownership of CHRISTUS Imperial Calcasieu Surgery Center and supported the development of the new Ochsner joint venture. He also recently completed an $8 million Capital Campaign to enhance Neurosurgery, Cardiovascular and Oncology services for CHRISTUS in the region.

“I’m proud of the work we’ve done together in Lake Charles,” Lloyd said. “I deeply believe that CHRISTUS is now better positioned for a successful relationship with Ochsner here, and I am eager to see what the groups can accomplish together.”

Holland and his family will move to Lake Charles from Jackson County, Mississippi, where he spent almost 20 years with Singing River Health System, serving most recently as its CEO. The non-profit system includes two hospitals and Centers of Excellence in Cardiac, Orthopedics, Oncology and Bariatrics. His 23 years of experience in health care include work in operations, strategic planning, joint venture and business development, and in health plans.

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At CHRISTUS Health, we deliver a complete healing experience that respects the individual. We serve our communities with dignity. And with a good deal of admiration. CHRISTUS Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit system made up of more than 600 centers, including long-term care facilities, community hospitals, walk-in clinics and health ministries. We are a community 45,000 strong, with over 15,000 physicians providing individualized care. Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston and San Antonio and the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, our mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to every individual we serve.