Nov 1, 2010 9:11 AM by Nichole Larkey
Opelousas, LA. - Opelousas General Health System's Board of Trustees has elected Gina Bradley Tuttle to serve as Chair, effective October 21, 2010. Tuttle replaces Wayne Gilmore, who has served as a Board Member since 1971, and as Chairman since 1985.
The Board selected Tuttle based on her proven executive leadership ability and her extensive experience in legal affairs. She has demonstrated many successes in strategic planning and development of Opelousas General.
"I am humbled to have been asked by my fellow board members to assume the position of Board Chair. Mr. Gilmore has been the "face" of Opelousas General for many years, and has served this hospital and the community as a whole with wisdom, energy, and integrity. I will endeavor to perpetuate the legacy of excellence that he leaves us. I am confident that with the leadership and expertise of Mr. Keller, the strength and experience of our administrative leadership team, our superior medical staff, our dedicated employees, and a Board focused on the continued success of this organization, that OGHS will continue to thrive." said Tuttle.
"In the 26 years of my knowledge of the Board, OGHS is truly fortunate to have had outstanding Board members. As the incoming Board Chair, Mrs. Tuttle, with 20 years experience on the Board will provide vital continuity to our governance process. As we grapple with the multitude of uncertainties in the provider sector of healthcare, Mrs. Tuttle will insure that the Board engages physicians as key stakeholders in the planning and decision processes we face. I am particularly grateful to have served the hospital during many years of Mr. Gilmore's tenure as Board Chair. I feel that Mrs. Tuttle will continue a trend of encouraging appropriate growth and development while keeping in mind our community based mission. I am genuinely excited about the future of our hospital," said Gary Keller, President/CEO, Opelousas General Health System.
"After having worked with Mrs. Tuttle for the last twenty years, I feel certain that OGHS will not miss a beat and will continue to grow," said Wayne Gilmore, immediate Past Chair. "I feel that she will find that the Board of Trustees will be more than happy to follow her leadership", he added. Gilmore will continue to serve as a Board member.
Tuttle has been a member of the Board of Trustees for OGHS since 1991. She served as Chairman of the Capital Equipment Committee and as a member of the Legal Compliance, AdHoc, Summer Student Program, Quorum Contract and Joint Conference committees of the hospital board.
Mrs. Tuttle is an attorney and partner in the Opelousas law firm of Guglielmo, Lopez, Tuttle, Hunter & Jarrell. She graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in 1977. She completed her legal studies at Paul M. Hebert Law Center, LSU, and has been in the active practice of law since 1981. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and is a member and past officer of the St. Landry Parish Bar Association. Mrs. Tuttle is a member of and served as a director for the Louisiana Association of Defense Council, and has served on Ethics panels at that group's request for Continuing Legal Education. She is a former member of the Acadiana Inns of Court and served on the St. Landry Indigent Defender Board for more than 20 years. Ms. Tuttle has been recognized by Who's Who in Practicing Attorneys.
A past president of the Rotary Club of Opelousas and the Park Vista Parent Teacher Organization, Mrs. Tuttle was one of the original members of the Greater Opelousas Economic and Industrial Development Council. She is a member of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, and has served on the Church Council.
Mrs. Tuttle served two terms on the board of the Opelousas-St. Landry Chamber of Commerce and was honored by that organization as Citizen of the Year in 1994 and Chamber Person of the Year in 1988.
She is married to David J. Tuttle and they are the parents of three adult children, Ryan Bradley Tuttle, Jillianne Tuttle Hart and Hilary Ellison Tuttle.