Larry M. Graham, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Lake Charles Memorial Health
System was elected as the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) Board of
Trustees Chair for 2015-2016.
With over 35 years of experience in healthcare administration, Graham has
been president & chief executive officer of Lake Charles Memorial
Health System since Dec. 1, 2006. Since Graham took the leadership position
at Memorial, he has spearheaded improvements in the hospital’s quality,
infrastructure, financial position, service excellence program and staffing.
In 2013, he spearheaded the collaborative negotiations for the successful
transition of patient services and management of the state-owned W.O.
Moss Hospital, now known as Moss Memorial Health Clinic, under the umbrella
of Lake Charles Memorial Health System.
His accomplishments during his tenure as CEO have also included the recognition
of Memorial as a major teaching hospital through its affiliation with
Louisiana State University Health Science Center’s Family Residency
Program. Additionally, under his administration, highly-skilled physicians
from top medical schools and centers nationwide have been recruited to
fill crucial community healthcare needs while expanding the Memorial Physician
Group from 22 to more than 90 employed physicians and growing.
Graham's career and reputation as a leader in healthcare began in 1976
where he spent 15 years in administration at severalTexas hospitals, including
Round Rock Hospital and Terrell Community Hospital. He then joined Universal
Health Services as chief executive officer of two of their Louisiana Hospitals,
Chalmette Medical Center, followed by Methodist Hospital in New Orleans.
Both hospitals sustained major damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina
and were closed in 2005.
In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the
University of Illinois, Graham holds a master’s degree in Health
Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and
a master’s degree in Business Administration fromBoston University
in Massachusetts. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare
Executives (ACHE). He has previously served on such boards as the Southwest
Louisiana Chamber, the United Way of Southwest Louisiana and the Louisiana
Association of Business and Industry (LABI).
Currently, he is a member of the Voluntary Hospital Association and the
Louisiana Hospital Association’s Political Action Committee (HOSPPAC).
He has served as chairman of the LHA’s Legislative, Regulatory &
Policy Council (LRPC) and on the advisory board for Louisiana Medical
Mutual Insurance Company (LAMMICO).
The Louisiana Hospital Association, established in 1926, is a non-profit
organization representing hospitals and healthcare provider groups across
the state. The mission of the LHA is to support its members through advocacy,
education and services. For more information, please visit the LHA website at