Ochsner Lafayette General President and CEO David Callecod is transitioning to a new role as an executive advisor for Ochsner Health, the company announced Wednesday. Patrick Gandy, the COO, will take over as the system's new leader after the transition.
Callecod has been with the Lafayette General system for 12 years, overseeing its merge with Ochsner Health in 2020. His transition will be effective March 1.
“I am extremely proud of the health system we’ve built over the last decade," Callecod said in a release. "Our commitment to always delivering excellence has significantly impacted our patients and communities across Acadiana and made us a healthcare leader in the region.
“It has been an honor and privilege to work alongside the most dedicated leaders, employees and medical staff, and I know that the brightest days for Ochsner Lafayette General are ahead of us. I am excited to take on this new role and enter a new chapter in my professional career within Ochsner Health.”
In his new role, Callecod will be helping Ochsner Lafayette General continue its merger with Ochsner Health. He will also provide coaching to CEOs within the Ochsner Health system, support government relations efforts, and represent Ochsner Health in work related to innovation.
Callecod will remain on the Ochsner Lafayette General Foundation Board.
Gandy, who also serves as the CEO of the Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center, was elected to become the CEO of the system by the board of trustees on Tuesday. Gandy has been with the system since 1993.
Over the course of his tenure with the system, Gandy has held numerous titles, including senior management positions at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center, Ochsner Lafayette General Surgical Hospital and Ochsner Lafayette General Imaging. Gandy is a certified public accountant.
“Patrick Gandy is a purpose-driven servant leader who has made significant contributions to Ochsner Lafayette General during his 27-year tenure. We are excited for Patrick to take on this new leadership role as President and CEO as we continue to grow and expand services for the communities across Acadiana,” said Warner Thomas, president and CEO, Ochsner Health. “We also want to thank and congratulate David Callecod for the lasting impact he has made on transforming healthcare delivery in the region, and we look forward to having David share his expertise with leaders across Ochsner Health as executive advisor.”
With Gandy's promotion, Al Patin will become the CEO of Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center. He has been the hospital's COO since 2018. Jude Fontenot, the vice president of surgical and support services for Ochsner LGMC will take Patin's position.
“Following our recent merger with Ochsner Health and our dedicated team of 4,500 employees and caregivers, the future of Ochsner Lafayette General is bright and stronger than ever,” said David Wilson, chair of the Ochsner Lafayette General Board of Trustees. “Patrick Gandy, Al Patin and Jude Fontenot share an unwavering commitment to the patients and communities we serve, and we look forward to continuing to build a healthier Acadiana under their leadership.”