Scott Montgomery has been named chief operating officer of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center. As COO, he will have executive responsibility for operational procedures of the 167-bed acute care hospital and will be part of the collaborative team responsible for strategic planning for the hospital. Montgomery will join the team at the end of September, replacing Hiral Patel, who was recently promoted to chief executive officer.

“Scott has a proven track record of success, and his energy, experience and diverse skill set will help Lakeview Regional continue to build health care for the future,” Patel said. “We are excited to have him join our Lakeview team and our St. Tammany Parish community.”

Montgomery most recently served for two years as vice president of operations and co-ethics and compliance officer at TriStar Centennial Medical Center, an HCA Healthcare facility in Nashville. Prior to that position, he was director of operations, assistant chief staffing officer and project manager for hospital renovations at TriStar. From 2010 until 2012, Montgomery resided in the New Orleans area and worked for the City of New Orleans. He also previously worked for Lockheed Martin, where he travelled extensively to Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates.

“I am honored to be joining the hospital executive team at Lakeview Regional and working alongside the outstanding medical staff and team members,” Montgomery said. “Lakeview Regional, along with Tulane Medical Center, is planning for the future and setting the bar for the highest level of care in the region. I’m thrilled to have a role in helping to navigate these extraordinary times in the ever-changing healthcare industry.”

Montgomery earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering at the University of Mississippi. He was the HCA Massey Scholarship winner, which afforded him the opportunity to earn his Master of Business Administration from Belmont University’s Massey School of Business. Montgomery also has an Ethical Leadership Certification from the NASBA Center for the Public Trust, and he recently graduated from the HCA Executive Development Program. In addition, Montgomery has served as a board member of the American College of Healthcare Executives Middle Tennessee and volunteers for the Alzheimer Association. Montgomery relocated to Louisiana with his wife Amy and their two young children.