New hires at Lakeview Regional, OnPath Federal Credit Union, Gambel Communications | Business news

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Chad Cathey has been named chief operating officer of Lakeview Regional Medical Centera Tulane Medical Center campus.

Cathey has executive responsibility for the operational procedures of the 167-bed acute hospital and will be part of the team responsible for the hospital’s strategic planning.

Cathey most recently served as senior director of hospital operations for Our Lady of The Lake Children’s Hospital, a facility of the Missionary Franciscans of Our Lady Health System in Baton Rouge. Cathey has 10 years of operational experience. He served as an administrative fellow at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and was a project director for the anesthesiology department at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in management from LSU, a master’s degree in business administration from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.

Thomas German has been hired by OnPath Federal Credit Union as senior vice president of growth.

Aleman comes from Corporate One FCU, a $6 billion corporate credit union, where he was assistant vice president of key accounts.

Prior to joining Corporate One, Aleman was Regional Director of JMFA, a non-interest income and non-interest expense consulting firm. He was also a licensed relationship banker with JPMorgan Chase Bank in New Orleans and a teller at Whitney National Bank before that.

Annie Matherne has joined Gambel Communications as a senior communications strategist.

Matherne will develop and manage communications strategy and solutions for a variety of clients, including Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Louisiana, Hilton New Orleans Riverside and Sankofa.

She is the former director of public relations for the Audubon Nature Institute.

She graduated with a BA in Public Relations and Advertising and a minor in Business Administration from Spring Hill College. While in college, Matherne worked as an intern at Gambel.


Jeffrey Fernandezsenior vice president and executive advisor at Ochsner Health, has assumed the role of CEO of the new Ochsner Health Plan.

Fernandez replaces Terry Shilling, who has served in a consulting role to lead the implementation of the health plan.

Prior to joining Ochsner in August 2021, Fernandez served as senior vice president of Humana’s Medicare West segment, responsible for Medicare Advantage operations in 17 states, including Louisiana. His career at Humana lasted 16 years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from LSU, an MBA from the University of New Orleans and a law degree from Loyola University, New Orleans College of Law.

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Jennifer Clowers has been appointed CFO of Health of Our Lady of the Lake.

Clowers has 16 years of service within the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, most recently serving as the system’s vice president of outpatient services. She served in various roles at Our Lady of Lourdes Health, starting as VP of Finance/Controller before moving to CFO and eventually Interim Market President.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from Louisiana Tech University.

Mel Collins has been elected president of NPC services.

Collins served as NPC’s facilities manager since 2004, managing day-to-day operations and administration, operations staff and coordination of contracted services.

Collins succeeds Bill Dawson, who retired after 36 years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from LSU.

Dr. Victoria Bourgeois i Dr. Nathan Sugarman they have joined General Practitioners of Baton Rougelocated on the hospital’s Bluebonnet campus.

Bourgeois will see patients in the Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic and Sugarman will see patients at Baton Rouge Family Medical Center.

Bourgeois received her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the LSU Health Sciences Center at Women’s Hospital in Baton Rouge.

Sugarman earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California and a medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency at Baton Rouge General, where he served as chief resident.

Dr. Prathipa Santhanam has joined the provider group a Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health.

Santhanam is a pediatric gastroenterologist who treats patients with a variety of conditions including abdominal pain, constipation, nausea, vomiting, eosinophilic esophagitis and inflammatory bowel disease.

He earned a BA in biology, physics and chemistry from the Anglo-Chinese Junior College and a PhD from the PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. He completed his pediatric residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and his ACGME fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at the University of North Carolina.

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