NEW ORLEANS, LA - Ochsner welcomes the following new leadership roles at Ochsner:
Flo Smith, RN, MN, has been named Accreditation Director for Ochsner Health System responsible for all accreditation processes, such as JCAHO, CARF, and DHH Surveys for all Ochsner facilities. Prior to this promotion, Flo most recently served as Unit Director of the Emergency Department.
Jessica A. Soileau joins Ochsner as the Assistant Vice President of Cancer Services. Jessica has 10 years of combined clinical and management experience, is trained as a health and radiation physicist, and is a recognized expert in emergency response planning. Prior to joining Ochsner, Jessica served as Director of Medical Physics at Methodist Healthcare of Memphis.
Joseph Dichiara, RN, has joined Ochsner as Manager of North Shore Orthopedics, Podiatry, CV Surgery, General Surgery, Gastroenterology, Urology, Neurology, Neurosurgery and the Sleep Health Center. Joseph has over 30 years of experience as an RN, a Respiratory Therapist and as a Unit Director in various hospitals.
April Vanek, COMT, an Ochsner employee for 8 years, has accepted the position of Manager of North Shore Allergy, Dermatology, ENT/Audiology, Hematology/Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Infectious Disease and Ophthalmology. Prior to accepting this position, April served as Manager of Ophthalmology.
Ochsner Health System (www.ochsner.org) is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system dedicated to patient care, research and education. The system includes seven hospitals, a sub-acute facility, and 33 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana. Ochsner employs over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts 450 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner was ranked one of the "Best Places to Work" by New Orleans CityBusiness in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and received the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 12 consecutive years. Ochsner was ranked as "Best" Hospital by U.S. News and World Report in July 2007. Ochsner has over 10,000 employees system-wide.