LifePoint Hospitals Honors Mercy Regional Medical Center Physicians with Leadership Award

June 30, 2011

Drs. Tommy Fontenot, Brandon Fontenot and David Ware of Mercy Regional Medical Center in Ville Platte and Eunice, Louisiana, were recently honored with the 2011 Physician Leadership Award presented by LifePoint Hospitals®, a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home.  The annual award, historically presented to an individual rather than a team, recognizes a physician who exemplifies LifePoint’s High Five guiding principles by demonstrating an uncompromising commitment to quality care; effective leadership among fellow physicians; respect and appreciation for employees as partners in care; dedication to community support and participation; and a commitment to cost-effective health care.

“At LifePoint, our ability to make communities healthier relies heavily upon strong partnerships with physicians.  We are privileged to have some of the best doctors in the country at our hospitals.  Thanks in large part to them, we are able to provide quality healthcare close to home in communities across the country,” said LifePoint President and Chief Operating Officer David Dill, who presented the award.

“Drs. Tommy Fontenot, Brandon Fontenot and David Ware are among the best of our very best, and they are most deserving of this prestigious award,” he added. “In April 2010, thanks to these three extraordinary leaders, we were able to successfully merge two LifePoint hospitals into what is now a unified hospital with two campuses and one medical staff. By combining the hospitals, we’ve positioned the medical center to provide more comprehensive health care to more than 140,000 people throughout south central Louisiana.  Today, MRMC is in a better position to grow and offer more specialized services; recruit specialty physicians to the area; and provide greater career growth opportunities to our employees.” 

“Tommy, Brandon and David have an amazing ability to manage change in a way that fosters acceptance and builds support from everyone involved,” said Mercy Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Alan Daugherty. “This was especially helpful during last year’s merger, as they played a significant role in creating the vision of a stronger, more vibrant health system that would be in a better position to grow and succeed and serve the needs of the community.

“We are fortunate to have such talented, hardworking and committed physicians as a part of our organization,” he added.