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About the Foundation

About Us

For over 60 years, West Jefferson Medical Center has been on a mission to provide the best possible care for families on the Westbank and surrounding areas. We've always been a hospital built for, and by, the local community; and we are proud to call the patients we serve family.

The West Jefferson Hospital Foundation (WJH Foundation) was founded in 2004 as a charitable organization created to secure philanthropic funds to help maintain and improve the extraordinary care received at West Jefferson Medical Center. Our goal is to support our community hospital and the patients and families that West Jefferson serves.

We are so grateful for the patients, friends, corporations, and foundations that support WJH Foundation. Your support helps us provide:

  • New Medical Technologies for the most state-of-the-art care at West Jefferson
  • Programs and Support Services to assists with the emotional, educational, and financial needs of our patients
  • Continuing Education to keep our healthcare professionals on the pulse of the latest cares and treatments

Founded in 2004, the West Jefferson Hospital Foundation (WJH Foundation) is a non-profit charitable organization created to provide financial support to West Jefferson Medical Center (West Jefferson). It is a legally separate entity from West Jefferson and serves as a support organization operated exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes within the meaning of 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or the corresponding provision of any future United States tax code.

For more information about investing in the exceptional care at West Jefferson Medical Center, call 504.349.6663 or email

Board & Staff

Foundation Board of Directors

  • Lisa Ballay, President
  • Teri Tucker, Vice-President
  • Rusty Autry, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Danica Ansardi, Immediate Past President
  • Arthur Allen, Jr.
  • Chris Breaux
  • Mayor Belinda Constant
  • Tina Dandry-Mayes
  • Damon Dietrich, MD
  • Kathryn Jenkins
  • Jean Kass
  • Wynonia Lazaro
  • Susan Maclay
  • Andrew Richard
  • Diane Sieta
  • Judy Sullivan
  • Robin Thibodeaux
  • Sam Varela
  • Rob Calhoun, Ex Officio, President & CEO, West Jefferson Medical Center
  • Althea LaCour, Ex Officio, President of the Auxiliary, West Jefferson Medical Center


  • Julie Escudier, Executive Director
  • Ariyon Julien, Development Assistant