Hiral Patel has been named Chief Operating Officer of Lakeview Regional Medical Center.  As COO she will have executive responsibility for daily operational procedures of the 172-bed acute care hospital with 850 employees, and will be part of the collaborative team responsible for strategic planning for the hospital. Hiral will begin her tenure at Lakeview Regional on April 4, 2016.

Hiral will report directly to Bret Kolman, Chief Executive Officer for Lakeview Regional Medical Center.  “Hiral has a proven track record of success, and brings a wealth of information to Lakeview Regional,” states Kolman. “We are excited to have her join our Lakeview team and our St. Tammany community!” Patel is currently serving as Assistant Chief Operating Officer at Tulane Health System in New Orleans, where she leads daily operations at the Tulane Medical Center and Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women & Children. She has led key strategic efforts for the System that include the relocation of the Pediatric Service Line, establishment of the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in New Orleans, and over $15 million in construction and improvement projects across the campuses.

Lakeview Regional offers technologically advanced, comprehensive services including emergency and trauma care; cutting-edge cardiology and vascular services; stroke care; radiology services; rehabilitation and sports medicine; geriatric, women’s and children’s services; and surgical weight loss.  “To serve Lakeview Regional Medical Center and the community in this capacity is truly an honor,” Hiral says. “I am excited about joining the hospital executive team and partnering with the medical staff, dedicated leaders and team members.”

Hiral is originally from Savannah, GA where she completed her undergraduate degree in Health Administration at Armstrong State University. She earned her Master of Health Administration from Tulane University and also has her Certification in LEAN Healthcare from University of Michigan. Hiral began her career as a manager in radiation oncology and quickly progressed to her current role as ACOO. In addition to her involvement in healthcare organizations, Hiral enjoys traveling, spending time with her new niece and family, and listening to live music.