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Gregory Nielsen named Chief Executive Officer of East Jefferson General Hospital

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Gregory Nielsen named Chief Executive Officer of East Jefferson General Hospital

LCMC Health is pleased to announce Gregory A. Nielsen, MHA, FACHE, has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH). Nielsen assumed responsibility as interim CEO of EJGH in early 2023 and was appointed permanent CEO of the hospital this month.

The announcement comes on the heels of EJGH transitioning into an academic center of excellence in partnership with Tulane University. EJGH is now the clinical home for Tulane School of Medicine and has expanded specialty care services and advanced treatment and academic medicine.

Nielsen comes to EJGH from the LCMC Health system where he held the Chief Operating Officer (COO) position, leading operations for the growing health system during a time of transformation. Previously, he served as regional vice president at American Physician Partners, leading several hospitals in Tennessee with increasing responsibility and scope. Prior to that role, Nielsen was a Division President for Regional Care Hospital Partners, an 18-hospital system that is now part of LifePoint Health.

As CEO of EJGH, Nielson will be responsible for overseeing the hospital’s operations, leading the development of strategic initiatives including continued growth as an academic center of excellence, and ensuring the delivery of high-quality care to patients in Jefferson Parish and throughout the region.

“We are thrilled to officially announce Greg Nielsen as the new CEO of East Jefferson General Hospital. His leadership, honed through roles at LCMC Health and various other healthcare organizations, underscores our dedication to innovation, strategic growth, and the delivery of high-quality healthcare to the Jefferson Parish community,” said Greg Feirn, CEO, LCMC Health. “Greg is a people-first leader whose extensive experience and proven track record in healthcare administration align seamlessly with our mission of health, care, and education beyond extraordinary. His role in transforming East Jefferson by combining the best of academic medicine and community health exemplifies our commitment to elevating the standard of patient care.”

A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Nielsen has enjoyed a long-standing career as a senior healthcare executive in both the non-profit and investor-owned sectors. In addition to American Physician Partners, he has served as divisional president of RCCH HealthCare Partners and CEO for CMH Regional Health System, Great Plains Health, Holy Rosary Healthcare, Weston County Health Services of Regional Health, and Mountainview Medical Center.

“I am honored and excited to accept the permanent position as CEO of East Jefferson General Hospital,” said Greg Nielsen, CEO, East Jefferson General Hospital. “My commitment to advancing healthcare excellence and fostering a culture of compassionate care will guide our journey towards continued success and positive experiences for our patients and this community. Together, we will build on the hospital's legacy, ensuring a bright and healthy future for Jefferson Parish.”

Nielsen earned his master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and his bachelor’s degree from Concordia College.