East Jefferson General Hospital has a new CEO along with its new management.
Tanzella. Photo courtesy LCMC Health
New Orleans-based LCMC Health, which added the Metairie hospital to its system this year, has announced Richard Tanzella as CEO. He fills a vacancy left by Gerald Parton, who is retiring at the end of this year.
Parton guided the financially struggling hospital into finding a private operator. Jefferson Parish voters approved the sale of the publicly-owned EJGH in August.
Tanzella will assume the role of CEO on Feb. 1, leading a staff of nearly 3,000 and managing a $100 million capital transformation, a news release said. As part of its acquisition, LCMC agreed to invest that amount in physical upgrades and technology at EJGH.
Tanzella has more than 25 years of health care experience and most recently worked with Piedmont Healthcare, Inc., a $4 billion integrated health care system in Atlanta that includes 11 acute care hospitals with more than 2,500 beds. It also includes the Piedmont Heart Institute, Piedmont Transplant Institute, Piedmont Physicians Group, and the Piedmont Clinic.
Tanzella also served as CEO of Piedmont Rockdale Hospital, where he directed the transaction and transition of the first for-profit hospital into the Piedmont Healthcare system. He also has served as chief operations officer of the Piedmont Physician Enterprise, which included more than 2,500 providers, and was vice president of cardiovascular services for Piedmont Hospital.
Tanzella has a bachelor’s degree of Science in Healthcare Administration and a Master of Health Administration, both from Florida Atlantic University.