Added on Jan 18, 2011 | Filed Under: General News

NEW ORLEANS - After an extensive national search, Ochsner Health System has filled the Chief Executive Officer roles at its North Shore and West Bank hospitals. Travis Capers, MHA, has accepted the position of CEO at Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus and Polly Davenport, MBA, RN has accepted the position of CEO at Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore. Both are effective in February.

Travis Capers - CEO, Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus
Capers has served in a number of leadership roles, including most recently as Chief Operating Officer of HCA-Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to that, he served as Director of Surgical Services at The University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center in Chicago and Director of Planning and Development at Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center in South Carolina. Capers received his Master's Degree and Bachelor's Degree at The University of South Carolina.

"Travis' operations and development experience will be beneficial to our executive leadership team and to our West Bank Campus," says Warner Thomas, President and COO, Ochsner Health System.

Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus is a 181-bed, acute care hospital with more than 300 board certified or board eligible physicians. The hospital received the HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence AwardTM in 2010.

Polly Davenport - CEO, Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore
Davenport was most recently the CEO of Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio, Texas under Methodist Healthcare System/HCA. Prior to that, she served as Chief Nurse Executive and Vice President of Quality for Methodist Health System/HCA. Davenport received her Master's Degree at Our Lady of the Lake University and her Bachelor's of Nursing Degree at The University of Texas Health Science Center.

"Polly's progressive experience in hospital operations, nursing and strategic planning are great assets for Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore," says Thomas.

Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore is a 165-bed, acute-care hospital offering a range of inpatient and outpatient services including a 24-hour ER, women's and children's services and stroke and cardiology care. The hospital became the eighth medical center in the Ochsner Health System last spring.


Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana's largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with eight hospitals and over 38 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 15 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a "Best Hospital" across seven specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 12,500 employees, over 850 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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