Hospital Board Welcomes Dr. Randall Poche

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St. James Parish Hospital is excited to welcome Dr. Randall Poche to its Board of Commissioners.

Dr. Randall attended Medical School at LSU in New Orleans. He began practicing in 1985 at Poche Medical Clinic in Lutcher and joined the St. James Parish Hospital family in 2013. Dr. Randall has spent his entire career caring for patients in this community, now also volunteering as a healthcare advocate on the hospital’s board.

“Public service is rewarding. I’m in my 19th year serving as coroner and my 38th year treating patients in St. James Parish. I have been a part of Leadership since joining the hospital in 1985. Because of the hard work, dedication and insight of present and past board members and administration, St. James Parish Hospital has become a great, independent community hospital. I’m excited to be a part of that vision and will bring my experience and dedication to ensure the healthy future of our hospital,” said Dr. Randall.

“Patient care is one-on-one, while governance and administration are about the care for all.”

“In order for us to continue our mission of providing excellent, quality and compassionate care to patients, our hospital has to be viable. I am very thankful for the insight and well-rounded knowledge our board brings to the table to help ensure our success. It has always been important to have physician representation on our board and Dr. Randall’s appointment allows us to continue this tradition,” said Mary Ellen Pratt, hospital CEO.

“Dr. Randall brings his experience as not only a beloved caregiver, but also as a leader in our community and hospital.”

St. James Parish Hospital would also like to recognize past board member Dr. Roland Waguespack, family physician at St. Philip Clinic in Vacherie, for his service on the hospital’s board from 2009 to 2021. Dr. Waguespack’s insight, dedication and commitment extended through numerous milestones in the history of the hospital that will allow St. James Parish Hospital to continue serving the community well into the future.

St. James Parish Hospital is governed by a board of five commissioners, appointed by the parish, who are qualified voters and residents of the hospital service district. The Board of Commissioners of a hospital service district has the power and authority to manage the property, affairs, funds and performance of the hospital while acting in the best interest of the community it serves. Its first priority is to create and maintain a culture of excellence in safety and quality for the provision of care, treatment and services.

Additional responsibilities include organizational strategy, corporate compliance, policy development, medical staff privileging, ensuring adequate resources and fiduciary responsibility.


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