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Heart Hospital Appoints New Administrator/Chief Operating Officer

indexExperienced healthcare executive, Christina Hockaday, FACHE, was recently appointed to serve as Administrator/Chief Operating Officer at the Heart Hospital of Lafayette (HHL) as well as the Cardiovascular Service Line leader at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center (OLLRMC). HHL is an affiliate of OLLRMC and has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation.

“We’re very pleased Ms. Hockaday will lead cardiovascular services at both campuses,” said Monte Wilson, COO of OLLRMC in a statement on the Medical Center’s website. “She is very results-driven and has an impressive track record for achieving top rankings for hospital core measures and maintaining successful physician relationships.” (Read the full statement here.)

Hockaday accepted the new position following a search process managed by the executive search firm, FaithSearch Partners. The firm’s Senior Vice President, Ivan Bartolome, managed the search engagement and worked closely with Wilson to select the right leader. “Christina has demonstrated strong leadership skills in increasing levels of executive responsibility. She has shown strong results and quality outcomes in progressive faith-based hospitals,” said Bartolome. “She has the administrative experience necessary to integrate and innovate strategic processes across all areas of the cardiac program at the Heart Hospital of Lafayette and Our Lady of Lourdes. I know their cardiac program will maintain their excellent outcomes and expand their service to help even more patients in the region.”

Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center was founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady in 1949. OLLRMC is a newly constructed 192-bed hospital located in Lafayette, Louisiana. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, which is the largest locally owned, not-for-profit health system in the state. OLLRMC employs more than 1,200 people, which includes more than 400 active physicians. It is the local healthcare leader, providing a wide-ranging network of facilities and services. OLLRMC is the majority investor in the Heart Hospital of Lafayette. More information about OLLRMC can be found on its website.

Heart Hospital of Lafayette is a full-service, fully accredited for-profit hospital, serving residents throughout central Louisiana. HHL is a joint venture between Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center and 24 local physicians and investors. The hospital has 32 critical care inpatient beds, three catherization labs, and two operating room suites. HHL is focused on being the best place to give and receive safe, quality, compassionate heart care in the State of Louisiana. More information about HHL can be found on its website.

FaithSearch Partners is one of the nation’s leading retained executive search firms and is the only one of its kind focused exclusively on identifying and recruiting leaders for churches, parachurch organizations, as well as faith-based hospitals and healthcare systems. Combined, consultants at FaithSearch Partners have successfully managed more than 450 executive-level searches for numerous high-profile faith-based organizations across the country. Its website can be found at


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