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Thibodeaux Named Chief Executive Officer

Monday, January 4, 2021

Traci Thibodeaux has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer at Beauregard Health System, effective January 1, 2021.

Thibodeaux joined the staff at BHS in June of 2017 as the Vice President of Physician and Support Services, and as a part of a structured succession plan to step into the Chief Executive role upon the retirement of William F. “Bud” Barrow, II. As the VP of Physician and Support services, Thibodeaux’s responsibilities included oversight and operations of Beauregard Physician Group, Laboratory, Radiology, Nutritional Services, Environmental Services and Plant Operations. In April of 2019, Thibodeaux was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer and assumed the additional responsibility of Nursing Services as another step in the succession plan.

“Over the last four years we have seen tremendous improvements in the local health care system,” said David O’Neal, Board of Trustees Chair. “Our goal with the succession plan was to have a seamless transition with aligned goals from one leader to the next,” O’Neal continued. “Traci has earned the respect and confidence of the Medical Staff and Board over the last several years,” said Barrow. “Passing the baton” to her is an honor, and I have no doubt that she will do an outstanding job leading the Health System to the next level,” Barrow concluded.

Thibodeaux came to Beauregard Health System from Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, where she served as the Director of Lourdes Physician Group, the Vice President of Lourdes Physician Group and Ambulatory Services, and the Vice President of the Orthopedic and Neurosurgery Service Lines. Prior to working at Lourdes, she was with Cardiovascular Institute of the South, Fresenius Medical Care, and Siemen’s Health Services.

Thibodeaux has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from the University of Louisiana Lafayette, and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge. Additionally, Thibodeaux is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, a Certified Medical Practice Executive, a Certified Emergenetics Instructor, and a member of the Medical Group Management Association.

“It is a privilege to work with such an engaged and supportive board and hospital team,” Thibodeaux commented. “Although it has been an extremely challenging year, our BHS physicians, leaders and staff will emerge stronger and more inspired to serve our community and I’m honored to lead the charge.”