Interview with New CEO - Michael J. LeJeune

On June 30, 2022 the Acadia St. Landry Hospital Board of Commissioners appointed Michael J. LeJeune as the Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital.  LeJeune’s official start date was July 25, 2022.  As the CEO/Administrator of Acadia St. Landry Hospital, he oversees and ensures operational, financial, and clinical success for the hospital. He is responsible for leading, managing and providing strategic direction for the organization, while ensuring the hospital’s mission and patient-care advocacy remain at the core of efforts. 

Let’s get to know Michael a little better!

 

Tell us a little about yourself, background experience, etc.?

Originally, I am from Roberts Cove, but currently reside in Lafayette. In addition to a business background, I have over 18 years of experience working in healthcare.  My healthcare career began working as a Paramedic with Acadian Ambulance. I was actually stationed here in Church Point working the night shift for a couple of those years.  While on the ambulance, I pursed my nursing degree from ULL.  Upon completion, I worked as an RN, with Our Lady of Lourdes, in the emergency department.  During my time at Lourdes, a few of the physicians founded an occupational telemedicine company providing healthcare to individuals working in remote environments such as offshore and the Permian Basin. I became the Director of Education teaching, training, and certifying paramedics in the specialty areas of Remote Emergency Medicine and Advanced Remote Emergency Medicine.  As time went on, I missed what it is I am most passionate about--taking care of people in need; this is when I decided to make the jump to hospice.  While employed with Hospice of Acadiana, I completed my MBA at ULL and served as a nurse case manager, chief operating officer, and interim CEO. 

 

Where did you go to school?

I have an Associate Degree in Science from LSUE, an Associate Degree in Applied Science from SLCC, a Paramedic Certification from the National EMS Academy, a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Louisiana and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration also from the University of Louisiana.

 

Why did you choose healthcare as a career?

I knew I wanted to and could make a difference in the lives of others in the field of healthcare.  Let’s do right by others, especially in their time of need, by showing compassion.

 

Why the jump to Healthcare Administration?

After several years of working as a clinician and educator, I wanted to make a bigger impact in healthcare.  The tone of any organization starts at the top and trickles down.  I have put in a lot of time trying to become an impactful manager, so as a team, we provide excellent patient care. I believe happy employees make happy patients.  Even though I am in an administrative role, I am still able to walk around and talk with our patients, which is one of my favorite parts of the day.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I believe the technical term is “servant leadership”. To make it simple, I am a roll up my sleeves and get it done type of person.  I do not expect anyone to do something that I have not done or will not do myself.  I don’t have employees; I have coworkers.  Together, we create a solid team. I am a firm believer in the grow-to-go philosophy.  Take the time to grow those who work with you--teach, mentor, encourage, and allow them the opportunity to grow in their role so that they are able to go anywhere. The cumulative key is letting them know they are a valued member of the team, treating them with respect, and creating such a supportive work environment, that they don’t want to leave.  

 

What are your current goals for Acadia St Landry Hospital?

I have several goals, but initially it is increasing staff morale throughout the facility, improving the finances of the hospital (looking at increasing services, credentialing with more insurance providers, and recruiting physicians) Finally, rebuilding trust to bring the community back to our community-based hospital.

 

What do you see about Acadia St Landry Hospital that really sets it apart?

This hospital has something that not many organizations, much less healthcare facilities, have anymore. We have long-term, dedicated employees.  Over 20, 30, 40 and even 50 years of employment are found at this hospital. These past few years in healthcare have certainly not been easy.  But no matter how difficult it became, these individuals stuck it out through all of it--the good, the bad, and the ugly. I have no doubt, with the continued dedication of this team, we can do great things for this community.  

 

What do you see as the biggest need for Acadia St. Landry Hospital?

This somewhat falls in line with my goals. There is a big need to become credentialed with more insurance providers.  We have members in our community that would certainly utilize the hospital and its services if we were able to accept their insurance.  The recruitment of new physicians to our hospital is also a need.  By recruiting new physicians, we can offer more services to our community.  Lastly would be the actual hospital itself. Over the 50+ years that this hospital has been in service, it has certainly served its useful life.  We need to create not only a viable, but also a sustainable plan and take action to move forward with a hospital that can provide the most up to date medical care available.

 

Family?

I am engaged to my wonderful fiancé, Lainie.

 

What are your interests outside of work?

If I’m not working, you can find me spending time with family, listening to live music, cooking, UL tailgating, or watching historical documentaries.

 

Anything else?

It is an incredible honor for me to lead this wonderful organization. I am looking forward to working with our board, staff, patients, families, and community.  While healthcare is continuously changing, I ask each of you to join in creating a community hospital that drives excellence and provides high-quality patient care. I look forward to our shared journey.