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East Jefferson General Hospital Leadership

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East Jefferson General Hospital is led by a team of qualified professionals who all share the same commitment to improving health in the greater New Orleans area. Our leadership team works tirelessly to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of every patient who visits our hospital.

Day in and day out, these individuals go the extra mile to help maintain East Jefferson General Hospital’s status as a leading healthcare provider in the region.

Richard Tanzella, CEO

Richard is the Chief Executive Officer of East Jefferson General Hospital. Richard brings a passion for healthcare along with more than 25 years of healthcare experience to his role, most recently with Piedmont Healthcare, Inc., a $4 billion integrated system in Atlanta, Georgia. From 2017-2020, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Piedmont Rockdale Hospital. During his tenure, Richard directed the transaction and transition of the first for-profit hospital into the Piedmont Healthcare system. Richard also led an economic and cultural transformation of Piedmont Rockdale Hospital, focusing on quality, safety, and service, and improving accountability and team/talent building.

Chris Olsen, CFO

Chris joins us as an accomplished healthcare executive with more than 17 years of experience in financial oversight of healthcare systems and facilities. As Chief Financial Officer, he manages financial operations including Accounting, Finance, Budget Management, Reimbursement, Revenue Cycle, Facilities and Real Estate. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a degree in Business Management and an MBA from Ashford University. Chris came to East Jefferson General Hospital from Austin, TX where he served as CEO / CFO of Northwest Hills Surgical Hospital. He began his career with Tenet Healthcare in St. Louis, MO and has held various financial positions within Tenet Healthcare and Ochsner Healthcare. Chris is also a board member of IMCare and WellTek Solutions, LLC.

Raymond DeCorte, MD, CMIO

Dr. DeCorte serves as the Chief Medical Information Officer at East Jefferson General Hospital. He is a board-certified general surgeon, with over 37 years of experience in the medical field. He became Medical Director in 2006, working closely with EJGH’s medical staff of more than 650 physicians, and more than 700 nurses and technicians, and then became Chief Medical Officer in 2008. Since that time, he has also led initiatives that focus on clinical effectiveness, patient safety and the transition to electronic health records. After graduating from Louisiana State University Medical Center, Ray completed his residency in general surgery at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama.

Ruby Brewer, CNO

Ruby Brewer returned to New Orleans in September 2011 as the Chief Quality Officer at East Jefferson and assumed the role of Chief Nursing and Quality Officer in 2013 bringing a strong clinical background in multiple operational areas such as nursing, lab, radiology, rehabilitation services, trauma services as well as quality and care management. She began her nursing career in Mississippi in 1979 and moved to Texas in 1989 where she spent 22 years in various leadership positions at Good Shepherd Medical Center while obtaining graduate degrees from the University of Texas.

Mike McKendall, VP of Operations

Mike serves as the Vice President of Operations which includes oversight over Pharmacy, Environmental Services, Patient Transport, PBX, Food and Nutrition, and Safety and Emergency Preparedness. He has over 13 years of healthcare experience with a majority of that time in a leadership role. Mike came to East Jefferson from Slidell Memorial Hospital in Slidell, Louisiana where he served as the Senior Director of Ancillary Services. He has a B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Doctorate of Pharmacy from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of New Orleans. Mike is an accomplished leader in and out of the organization, serving on Slidell Farmer’s Market and Slidell’s Heritage Festival Board of Directors. In addition, he is a preceptor for Xavier University College of Pharmacy and William Carey College of Pharmacy students, where he holds a title of clinical assistant professor and was selected as Institutional Preceptor of the Year in 2018 and 2019.