Louisiana Hospital Association honors Arboneaux as lifetime member

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Wayne Arboneaux (center) receives LHA Lifetime Member Award from LHA Board of Trustees member Phyllis Peoples (left) and LHA President & CEO Paul Salles (right).

The Louisiana Hospital Association recently honored Wayne M. Arboneaux, retired CEO of Assumption Community Hospital, as a Lifetime Member in recognition of his more than 20 years of service to patients as a rural healthcare leader.

We congratulate Wayne for advancing healthcare and civic engagement in rural communities, and we’re grateful for his years of insightful leadership on various committees that govern the association,” said LHA President & CEO Paul A. Salles. During the last three decades, the LHA has designated individuals as Lifetime Members to recognize their substantial contributions to the Association, hospitals in Louisiana and their communities.

Wayne served our healthcare ministry as a devoted leader and a good friend to many as he guided Assumption Community Hospital through two decades. He accomplished outstanding work on behalf of our patients, physicians and team members, and this award is a wonderful reflection of that service and daily commitment to our industry,” said K. Scott Wester, president and CEO, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

Arboneaux joined Assumption Community Hospital in 1975 as a Respiratory Therapist. In 1994, he assumed the role of interim CEO while working to negotiate the Our Lady of the Lake merger and was named permanent CEO in 1996. He served in this position until his retirement in January of this year.

During this same period, Wayne also served as mayor of Napoleonville from 1991-1995.

His service as an LHA leader began in 2003 when he was appointed to the Association’s Legislative, Regulatory & Policy Council. He was elected and served as the Bayou District Trustee to the LHA Board from 2008-2012 and also served on the HOSPPAC Board from 2011-2016.

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