St. Charles Hospital gets new CEO

Ochsner’s Ritchie Dupre to fill position May 30, will help hire new CFO

Bringing previous experience as a hospital administrator to the position, Ritchie J. Dupre has been named St. Charles Parish Hospital’s CEO effective May 30.

Dupre has served as Ochsner Health System’s vice president of Partnerships and Integration.

“His experience, ability to lead and dedication to advancing healthcare in our community made him the ideal candidate,” said the parish’s Hospital Board Chair John Landry. “We share a common goal to increase quality healthcare access for our residents and to expand services to meet the growing demands of our community. The board looks forward to working with Ritchie as we build on the great progress made in recent years.”

Dupre will follow Anthony DiGerolamo as the hospital’s head administrator. DiGerolamo held the position nine months when it was announced earlier this month that he was moving to Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank, also as CEO.

Last week, Ocshner also confirmed Chris Olsen, St. Charles Parish Hospital’s chief financial officer, was leaving after he accepted a job in Texas. Landry said then the new CEO would help fill the position.

Dupre’s experience includes serving in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division for five years.

He received his executive master’s in business administration from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, and joined Ochsner in 2006.

His previous experience includes CEO of Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center and chief operating officer at Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital, as well as assistant vice president of radiology.

Dupre is also a certified radiology administrator and holds radiology certifications in diagnostic radiology, cardiovascular-interventional technology, and quality management.

He also is a certified medical practice executive.Mike Hulefeld, Ochsner Health System’s chief operating officer, praised Dupre’s near 10 years with Ochsner and pointed to his proven track record of developing healthcare programs, as well as working with community, business and government leaders.

“His previous experience as a CEO within our system, along with his extensive healthcare background, will be an asset to the hospital, employees and patients from surrounding communities,” Hulefeld said.

Landry said the hospital board wanted these qualities in the hospital’s next CEO.

St. Charles Parish Hospital is a 59-bed facility, which was created as a service district hospital in 1959.

In 2014, St. Charles Parish partnered with Ochsner Health System.

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