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.
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.
Vice President, Physician Services
Michael Costello, Jr. serves as the Vice President of Physician Services
for Lake Charles Memorial Health System. He joined Memorial in March of
2018. Mr. Costello is responsible for the operations of the Memorial Medical
Group, which consists of more the 90 specialists.
Prior to joining Memorial, Mr. Costello served as the Vice President of
Physician Services for Southwood Health in Youngstown, Ohio. He completed
his Executive Fellowship at Mercy Humility of Mary Health Partners in
Mr. Costello holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performing Opera/Orchestral
Conducting, a Masters in Business Administration in Finance and Healthcare
Management and a Masters in Financial Economics all from Youngstown State
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.
Chief Nursing Officer, Administrator, Memorial 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Vice President, Human Resources
Wendy Fournet serves as Vice President of Human Resources for Lake Charles
Memorial Health System. She came to Memorial in March of 2018. Fournet
is responsible for directing all human resources functions such as recruitment,
benefits, and employee policies across the Memorial Health System.
Fournet brings more than 12 years of human resources management experience
to Memorial. She served as the Chief Administrative Officer for eQHealth
Solutions, before that she was the company’s Chief Human Resource
Officer. Fournet is the former Corporate Director of Human Resources for
Burrow Global, LLC, Executive Director of Human Resources for US Anesthesia
Partners at St. Lukes and Director of Human Resources for CHRISTUS Louisiana
Fournet received her Bachelors in History from Lamar University in Beaumont.
She went on to obtain a Masters in Human Resources/Leadership Development
from Louisiana State University and is a PhD candidate in Human Resources/Leadership
Development from Louisiana State University. She is a member of the Society
of Human Resource Management.