Larry M. Graham

Chief Executive Officer/President

With over 30 years of experience in healthcare administration, Larry Graham has been Chief Executive Officer with Lake Charles Memorial Health System since December 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 physician and nurse staffing. His accomplishments include the recognition of Memorial as a major teaching hospital through its affiliation with Louisiana State University Health Science Center’s Family Residency Program – making it arguably the premier family medicine residency program in the state. 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 Memorial Medical Group from 22 to 84 employed physicians. In order to find much needed funding for the area’s only community-owned, not-for-profit hospital, Graham re-established The Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial Health System – the hospital’s philanthropic sector. As a result of all these activities, Memorial has bolstered its position as southwest Louisiana’s healthcare leader.

In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Mr. 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 from Boston University in Massachusetts. He is currently a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is also a board member of such community and business organizations as the Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company (LAMMICO), the Louisiana Hospital Association, the Southwest Louisiana Chamber, the United Way of Southwest Louisiana and the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI).

Anna Cazes, DSN, RN

Senior Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer

Cazes received an Associates Degree in Nursing from Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She went on to achieve a Bachelor in Science in Nursing from Loyola University in New Orleans, then a Master of Science in Nursing from Southern University in Baton Rouge. Cazes also holds a Doctorate in Nursing Science from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

Prior to joining Memorial, Cazes worked at Baton Rouge General Medical Center where she served as the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services. She is the current president of the Louisiana Organization of Nurse Executives, a member of the Louisiana State Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives and American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Charles P. Whitson

Senior Vice President, Finance

A native of Lake Jackson, Texas, Charles Whitson joined Lake Charles Memorial Health System as Business Office Director in February 2002. Subsequently he became Assistant Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Finance prior to assuming the role of Senior Vice President of Finance in November 2007.

A graduate of Southwest Texas State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Mr. Whitson is a Certified Public Accountant. He previously served as a Medicare consultant for Broussard & Company, LLC in Lake Charles; administrator of Charter Behavioral Health Systems of Lake Charles and Charter Woods Behavioral Health Systems in Dothan, Alabama; and assistant administrator, chief financial officer, and administrator of Meadow Pines Hospital in Longview, Texas.

Mr. Whitson is currently a member of the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants and Healthcare Finance Managers Association. He serves on the Health Care Task Force of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, as well as the Louisiana Hospital Association Finance Committee.

Jason Rashall

Vice President, Business Development

Jason Rashall joined Lake Charles Memorial Health System as Vice President of Business Development in August 2013. He is responsible for business development, physician recruitment, & government advocacy.

Mr. Rashall is a native of Lake Charles and a 1993 graduate of McNeese State University. He also achieved a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Louisiana State University in 1997.

Prior to joining Memorial Health System, Mr. Rashall served as Vice President of Physician Alignment for CHRISTUS St. Patrick Medical Group in Lake Charles. He was also the Vice President of Operations at Medical Provider Services, Inc. in Lake Charles and Regional Director of Managed Care for IASIS Healthcare Corporation’s Texas region. Mr. Rashall has worked in the medical field since 1997.

Manley Jordan, MD

Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

Dr. Jordan, board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, has been a practicing Pulmonary physician since 1989 and joined Pulmonology Associates of Southwest Louisiana, a part of the Memorial Medical Group, in 2004. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

As CMO of Memorial Health System, he will be instrumental in aligning clinical best practices across all affiliated hospitals, clinics and physician practices and responsible for decisions relating to clinical quality assurance. He will work closely with system administrators to develop and assess quality metrics used to strategically drive excellence in the delivery of health care at Memorial and assist in the continued pursuit of building a strong, cohesive medical team and a better patient experience.

Marilyn McSwain

Chief Nursing Officer, Administrator, LCMH for Women

A native of Sulphur, Louisiana, Marilyn McSwain first joined Lake Charles Memorial Health System as a staff nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 1977. She has since held a variety of positions within the hospital, including Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Manager, Program Director for Memorial for Women, and Assistant Vice President of Nursing. She assumed the role of Memorial's chief nursing officer in 2005, and administrator of Memorial Hospital for Women in 2003.

A graduate of McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston with a Masters Degree in Nursing Administration, Ms. McSwain has been certified in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing since 1984.

Currently a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and Louisiana Organization of Nurse Executives, Ms. McSwain is also a member of the National Academy of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) and Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).

Bernita Loyd Brown

Vice President Support Services; Chief Privacy Officer & Administrator, Moss Memorial Health Clinic

In her role as Administrator, Brown oversees the day-to-day operations of the Memorial Moss campus including the urgent care clinic, various outpatient clinics, diagnostic department and pharmacy. As Vice President of Support Services for Memorial Health System, Bernita Loyd Brown is responsible for the operations of the environmental services, nutritional services, security, and valet parking departments, as well as the Breast Health Center. She also serves as Chief Privacy Officer for the hospital and is responsible for overseeing and monitoring all aspects of HIPAA privacy and security programs.

A Colfax, Louisiana native, Ms. Loyd joined Memorial in 1990 as a clinical dietician. During her tenure she has also served as a diabetes dietician, clinical nutrition and dietary manager, Director of Nutritional Services and Assistant Vice President of Business Development.

A graduate of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition, and McNeese State University in Lake Charles with a Masters in Business Administration, Ms. Loyd is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, McNeese State University Graduate Board, Southwest Louisiana Center for Healthcare Services Board, and the Fellowship of Christian Student Athletes Board.

Donna Shields, RN

Vice President, Patient Care Services

A native of Chalmette, Louisiana, Donna Shields joined Memorial Health System in October 2007 as Vice President of Patient Care Services. A graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she furthered her education at Loyola University.

Ms. Shields began her nursing career at Chalmette General Hospital, which subsequently became Chalmette Medical Center. For 30 years she held a variety of positions in case management, supervision and as unit director. She was Chief Nursing Officer for the last 17 years of her tenure, which ended when the hospital sustained major damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

Immediately prior to joining Memorial, she served as Chief Nursing Officer at McAllen Medical Center in McAllen, Texas.

Kathleen DeRouen

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Kathy DeRouen has served as Senior Vice President of Marketing since 2007 and is responsible for directing the facility's annual marketing plan and budget to increase market share, increase service utilization in targeted areas and build public awareness. Ms. DeRouen brings more than 22 years of marketing and public relations experience to the position, most recently having served as Director of Marketing for Ochsner Health System, Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Universal Health Service’s New Orleans market hospitals, Chalmette Medical Center and Methodist Hospital.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University School of Journalism and graduate education from the University of New Orleans Masters Degree Program in Business Administration, she has been involved in numerous professional and civic organizations during her career. In particular, she is a member of the American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Strategy and Marketing and the Louisiana Hospital Association’s Society for Marketing and Public Relations.

Leif Pedersen

Senior Vice President, Philanthropy

Immediately prior to joining Memorial, Pedersen served as Vice President of Louisiana Medical Center & Heart Hospital in Lacombe, Louisiana, where he was responsible for marketing, physician relations and managed care oversight. He also served as Chief Development Officer for Methodist Health System in New Orleans and was instrumental in obtaining over $23 million in gifts for the system Foundation during his 18 year tenure.

In his “past life” Pedersen traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad as the featured vocalist with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra for more than 6 years and had his own night club act for an additional 8 years. In 1998 he was inducted into the Southeastern Louisiana University Music Hall of Fame and currently leads his own 14-piece orchestra, The 1944 Big Band.

Robert Prehn

Vice President, Specialty Service

Robert Prehn, PhD, oversees Memorial’s psychiatric services and long-term acute care facility (LTAC), Memorial Specialty Hospital. Prehn is a native of New Orleans and most recently served as the Senior Associate of the Cawley Johnson Group, a national behavioral health consulting and hospital management company.

In addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Biology from the University of Richmond, he holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Management from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in Psychology with a minor in Healthcare Administration from Columbia Pacific University.

Brian Kirk

Vice President, Finance

Brian Kirk, CPA, MBA, FHFMA, FACHE, CMPE has joined Lake Charles Memorial Health System as its new Vice President of Finance. Kirk comes to Memorial with more than 20 years of healthcare financial and operational experience for profit/nonprofit hospitals and health systems.

Prior to joining Memorial, he served as the chief financial officer for university hospital and clinics at Lafayette General Health System. Kirk received his accounting degree from Texas A&M University in College Station and achieved a Masters of Business Administration from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

He is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Kirk is also a certified medical practice executive.