CEO Teri Fontenot: Leading the Way for Women Hospital Executives

Women have increasingly worked their way up to the C-suite in the hospital and health system sector, and Teri Fontenot has been a vanguard within the movement.

Teri Fontenot is president and CEO of Woman's Hospital.Ms. Fontenot is president and CEO of Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, La. — the only freestanding, non-profit women's hospital in the United States — and she is also the chair of the American Hospital Association's board of trustees.

At the Becker's Hospital Review Annual Meeting this past May, Ms. Fontenot said her organization has been able to thrive because their OB/GYN physicians take pride in the hospital's independence, which allows them to focus on brick-and-mortar expansion. "We remain independent because our core group of physicians is still around and supports us," Ms. Fontenot said. "We wanted to have facilities and a plant to support patient care, and [new] private rooms will improve bonding and breastfeeding rates."

Ms. Fontenot — one of the 40 most powerful people in healthcare, according to Becker's Hospital Review's 2012 list — holds a slew of other responsibilities in the healthcare environment, as well. She serves as chair of the Louisiana Hospital Association Professional and General Liability Trust Fund and has also chaired the CEO Committee of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

She also served a six-year term as a member of the Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health for the National Institutes of Health and has received several other accolades, including the Baton Rouge Woman of Achievement Award.

Teri Fontenot will be a featured panelist at the Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Chief Executive Officer Strategy Roundtable, taking place Nov. 1, 2012, at the Ritz Carlton Chicago. Please join us for the Roundtable from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dinner and a reception to follow. Registration limited to 100 attendees. To register or learn more about the event, click here.

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