30 Sep IT’S A PLACE WHERE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
Greg Feirn, CEO, LCMC Health
Greg Feirn excitedly moved to New Orleans for a new job at Children’s Hospital nearly 20 years ago. Since then, his network of friends and family has grown into a rich, interwoven web. The city’s close-knit community is part of what keeps him here. Another part is the professional opportunity.
“There has never been a more exciting time to work in healthcare,” he says. “It is a dynamic industry, one that continues to evolve to meet the needs of our patients. Since I joined Children’s in 1998, we have grown from a single hospital into a five-hospital system with over 8,200 employees and an annual volume of over 1 million outpatient visits per year. LCMC Health is an employer of choice and a strong economic driver for our region. The unprecedented opportunities and challenges that go alongside managing a health system are what keep my family and me committed to New Orleans.”
As head of a system that includes the primary training hospital for Tulane and LSU Medical Schools, Greg knows the perspective of students coming to New Orleans for graduate medical education, and, medical professionals considering career opportunities.
“New Orleans has undergone a dramatic transformation in the past decade, one that will define us for the next generation. Those in healthcare often refer to post-Katrina New Orleans as ‘opportunity from tragedy.’ We had the opportunity to start a new chapter, particularly in healthcare. The latest chapter, under the leadership of Governor John Bel Edwards, is also very exciting to us,” he explains, referring to the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program which will afford more New Orleanians access to better health.
He also cites New Orleans as a positive anchor location for LCMC Health. “We serve a statewide and regional population, but are proud to be anchored in New Orleans. I would say to anyone considering a career in New Orleans that this is a very resilient place – one in which, in just the example of the healthcare industry, landscapes change and anything is possible. New Orleans is unlike any other place in the world. We have an extremely strong community here….our community and our love of festivals, food and family is unrivaled. We support New Orleans and New Orleans supports us.”