Board of Directors Elects Officers, Announces Rose Hudson as Board Chair

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Woman’s Hospital Board of Directors announced it has elected officers to serve for the 2023-2024 year. Rose Hudson, president and CEO of Louisiana Lottery Corporation, will serve as the board chair. Hudson has served as a member of the Woman’s Board since 2016.

In addition, Dr. Cheree Schwartzenburg was selected to serve as chair-elect while Chris Ciesielski will serve as secretary/treasurer. Dr. Schwartzenburg, an OB-GYN with Schwartzenburg, Lafranca, Guidry & Magee, and Ciesielski, managing director of NFP Corporate Services LA, Inc., have both served since 2020.

“Through collaboration and shared mission, vision and values, the Woman’s Board of Directors has an opportunity to continue affecting real change in our community” said Rene Ragas, president and CEO of Woman’s Hospital. “I’m excited to get to work with a group of individuals who are as dedicated as we are to improving the lives of women and infants.” 

See below for a full list of the 2023-2024 Woman’s Hospital Board of Directors:

  • Rose Hudson, Chair
  • Cheree Schwartzenburg, MD, Chair-elect
  • Chris Ciesielski, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Rene Ragas, FACHE, President/CEO 
  • Emily Magee, MD, FACOG, 2023 Chief of Staff 
  • Rudy Aguilar 
  • Whitney Breaux 
  • John Everett
  • Greg Gelpi, MD
  • Shawn Kleinpeter, MD
  • Susan Puyau, MD
  • Janet Olson
  • Nick Speyrer
  • Terrie Thomas, MD

About Woman’s Hospital

Woman’s is a specialty hospital for women and infants located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Since opening in 1968, it has welcomed more than 375,000 babies, making it one of the largest delivery services in the country and the largest in Louisiana. Additionally, Woman’s operates a level III-S neonatal intensive care unit; this designation allows them to care for infants who are extremely premature, are critically ill or require surgical intervention. The hospital is also recognized for its expertise in mammography as well as breast and gynecologic cancer care. As a private, nonprofit organization, all funds are reinvested into the hospital to continue Woman’s mission to improve the health of women and infants through the latest technology, a highly qualified staff and critical community programs and services.