St. Charles Parish Hospital names new CEO

St. Charles Parish Hospital has named Keith Dacus as the site’s new Chief Executive Officer. His first day on the job will be Feb. 22.

Dacus comes to St. Charles Parish Hospital from Mercy Health in St. Louis, Missouri. He gained positions of increasing responsibility in healthcare in the Mercy Health system across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, including planning and development, strategy and most recently CEO of Mercy GoHealth Urgent Care for the past three years.

“I am honored to be joining such a remarkable organization and am enthusiastic about the bright future for St. Charles Parish Hospital,” Dacus said. “I am looking forward to working together with our physicians, medical staff and employees to continue to bring innovative, superior medical care to the community.”

Keith Dacus

Dacus said he is looking forward to serving the St. Charles Parish community in all capacities. His past experiences with charitable organizations include serving as a board advisor to Health & Homes STL and volunteering for Care to Learn and the St. Vincent’s Meal Program. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Medical Group Association.

“The St. Charles Parish Hospital Board is excited to welcome Keith as the new CEO,” Jake Lemmon, chair of the St. Charles Parish Board of Commissioners, said. “Keith’s experience in developing, leading and operating successful healthcare facilities while driving strategic vision will be invaluable to St. Charles Parish Hospital as we pursue continued success. On behalf of the board and myself, we look forward to working with Keith in meeting the healthcare needs of St. Charles Parish.”

Dacus earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and MBA from Webster University in St. Louis. Early in his career, he worked as a Performance Improvement Consultant as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

“I am thrilled to welcome Keith to Ochsner and St. Charles Parish Hospital,” Stephen Robinson, CEO of the Ochsner Medical Center- Kenner and the River Region, said. “His expertise in performance improvement and leading organizations through industry transformation make him a perfect fit for our ever-changing healthcare industry. This past year has taught us that quality healthcare and a sense of community is more important than ever before and Keith will be a valuable asset to the hospital and the patients we serve.”

In November 2020 the hospital and Terrell Neal, who served as the hospital’s CEO since late 2019, parted ways.

“Terrell Neal has left St. Charles Parish Hospital to pursue other opportunities. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” a hospital statement read.


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