Woman's CEO named national recipient of 2013 Healthcare Leadership Award

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Teri Fontenot

Teri Fontenot, Woman's President and CEO, has been named to the Becker's Healthcare Inaugural Healthcare Leadership Awards. Nationwide, 30 recipients have been singled out for their remarkable contributions that will leave lasting legacies to their respective health systems, hospitals and communities. Fontenot was recognized, along with her peers, at the 4th Annual Becker's Hospital Review Conference held May 9-11 in Chicago.

Awardees, which included CEOs, CFOs, CNOs, CIOs and other executive leaders, were honored for their demonstrated valuable traits, much needed in the healthcare industry during these times of change and uncertainty. They were acknowledged for their dedication and innovation, and for extending their leadership and vision beyond the confines of their organization to improve the well-being of their local communities.

Recognition for Fontenot focused on her 17-year leadership of Woman's Hospital, as well as her dedication and determination to consistently grow and develop the largest birthing and neonatal intensive care facility in Louisiana and the only freestanding, non-profit women's hospital in the country. Her effort in building a new, technologically-advanced hospital allows for future expansion to meet community needs, and establishes Woman's as a hub for healthcare throughout a woman's lifetime.

Members of the healthcare community submitted nominations. A panel of editorial team members and healthcare industry experts reviewed each nomination.

In addition to this recognition, Fontenot was the 2012 chair of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees. She also served a six-year term on the Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health for the National Institutes of Health, and was chair of the board of the Louisiana Hospital Association in 2002. Fontenot has won numerous awards, including the Louisiana Hospital Association's Golden Pelican President's Award in 2010, the ACHE Service Award in 2009, and inclusion on Becker's Hospital Review's list of the 40 most powerful people in healthcare.