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New President Named for Our Lady of Lourdes

Jan 27, 2021 01:32PM ● By Press Release
BATON ROUGE, LA – Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System announced today that Kathleen Healy-Collier, DHA, MHA; has been named market president for the Acadiana Region and will join the ministry on February 22, 2021. Healy-Collier’s responsibilities include leading the 328 beds at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s, Our Lady of Lourdes Heart Hospital, the rapidly expanding Lourdes Physician Group and the full complement of healthcare services offered by Our Lady of Lourdes and its many partners and locations.  
Kathleen Healy-Collier, DHA, MHA

In announcing this new appointment, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady President and CEO Richard R. Vath, M.D., said, “Kathy brings an exceptional track-record of experiences both in leading large, acute care operations as well as developing strong physician relations in very competitive markets. As aligned as those skills are to this role, we are even more impressed with her commitment to Catholic healthcare. Devoted to her faith and family, Kathy is an authentic and effective leader grounded in the values of serving those most in need.”

Healy-Collier most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer at HSHS St. John’s Hospital and St. John’s Children’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. Her career spans more than 20 years in operations roles including serving as the COO at 650-bed Brookwood Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama and as the Executive/Administrative Director, Operations and Systems at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis for fifteen years. Her expertise includes key areas of finance, revenue cycle, technology and strategy. She has also served as teaching faculty for several healthcare graduate programs.

Healy-Collier holds both doctorate and master’s degrees in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Memphis respectively. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Health Informatics/Management from Saint Louis University and is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Healy-Collier has actively contributed to the healthcare profession with participation on numerous national organizations as well as to the communities in which she has lived, through many civic and volunteer boards and leadership roles.

Our Lady of Lourdes Board Chair Bryan Hanks added, “Kathy Healy-Collier is an exemplary leader and I’m especially impressed by her commitment to the calling of Catholic healthcare. I am confident that our national search has brought us the best candidate and that our physicians and team members will continue their outstanding performance under her guidance. We’re looking forward to Kathy’s arrival in Acadiana.”
About the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is one of the largest healthcare systems based in Louisiana and is the leading healthcare provider for more than half the state’s population. The health system is a non-profit, Catholic organization sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the ministry serves patients in Louisiana and Mississippi through a network of hospitals, clinics, physicians, post-acute services and integrated systems. The system’s eight hospitals include St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge and Gonzales, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center and Women's & Children's in Lafayette, Our Lady of the Angels in Bogalusa and St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. For more information, visit

About Our Lady of Lourdes
Founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady in 1949, Our Lady of Lourdes is a regional acute care medical center focused on the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. The hospital employs more than 2,200 people and offers a physician staff of over 600 doctors in a variety of medical and surgical specialties. Lourdes’ services include Centers of Excellence in the areas of Orthopedics, Stroke and a Robotics Surgery Program. Lourdes is home to the only burn unit in Southwest Louisiana and a Commission on Cancer-accredited oncology program. Our Lady of Lourdes operates Our Lady of Lourdes Heart Hospital, a premier 32-bed cardiac facility, and Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital, offering the area’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Level 3 Surgical Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. With additional services including multiple clinics, four imaging locations and a primary care physician network, Lourdes provides easy access to comprehensive care throughout the community.