Chad Cathey has been named chief operating officer (COO) of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, effective August 15. In this role, Cathey 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.

"Chad's strong track record of driving value for the high-quality services we provide will further support and enhance our position as the hospital of choice for healthcare excellence in our community," said Hiral Patel, CEO. "We are excited to have him join our team and the St. Tammany Parish community."

Cathey most recently served as senior director of hospital operations for Our Lady of The Lake Children's Hospital, a Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System facility in Baton Rouge. He was instrumental in guiding the design, building, and operationalizing of the 99-bed children’s hospital. Cathey has ten years of operational experience and physician-based practices. He served as an administrative fellow at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and was a project manager for the department of anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Originally from Ponchatoula, Cathey moved to Baton Rouge to attend Louisiana State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Management. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.

Cathey serves on the board for the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), is the chairman of the board for the National ACHE young careerist committee, and serves as the vice president of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University - MHA advisory committee. In 2021, Cathey helped co-found the Tacky Pants Golf Tournament to help raise funds for the Children's Hospital child life program. In 2018, he was awarded the young careerist award for the state chapter of ACHE and in 2020 received the ACHE service award.