BATON ROUGE, La. -- Rene Ragas, FACHE, begins his tenure as president and chief executive officer of Woman’s Hospital today. The former Northshore Market President for Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady (FMOL) Health System and CEO of Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa is a Louisiana native with more than two decades of experience as a healthcare executive in the Baton Rouge area and surrounding regions.
In addition to leading operations for Our Lady of the Angels Hospital, he also oversaw Our Lady of the Lake Surgical Hospital in Slidell and Our Lady of the Lake Pontchartrain Surgery Center in Mandeville, while also providing oversight to a network of more than 60 primary care and specialty physicians in the Northshore region.
Ragas, who has worked in numerous healthcare roles the last 20 years, began his career at the patient bedside as a nurse tech. He credits this early experience with helping him to always keep the patient and their needs at the center of everything he does and every decision he makes.
The life-long south Louisiana resident also has his own personal ties to the organization. All three of his children were born at Woman’s, and this is where he began his most important job: father.
“I have admired the passion and commitment of Woman’s to its mission for many years as a member of the local healthcare community, but the personal connection I have from experiencing the exceptional care that was provided to my wife and our children is incredibly meaningful to me,” said Ragas. “I’m excited to be joining the team today and to help solidify the legacy that has been established at Woman’s and carry it well into the future.”
A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Ragas earned a degree in biology from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1996 prior to completing a master’s degree in healthcare administration at Tulane University in 2000. He is a member of the Louisiana Hospital Association Board of Directors, Vizient Southern States, Northshore Business Council, and the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Leadership Louisiana and actively volunteers with the Louisiana Special Olympics. He also has served as adjunct faculty at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University in Baton Rouge.