WJMC - West Jefferson Medical Center

WJMC - West Jefferson Medical Center

Meet the Hospital Administrators


WJMC - West Jefferson Medical Center - Nancy R. Cassagne
Nancy R. Cassagne, President and Chief Executive Officer
A Certified Public Accountant, Mrs. Cassagne has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, government, not-for-profit and utility organizations. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. A native of Jefferson Parish and active in the community, she also has the special distinction of being born at West Jefferson Medical Center. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Cassagne’s professional responsibilities include oversight for the administration and operation of West Jefferson Medical Center. She provides President and CEO-level direction and management for hospital activities in conjunction with the Medical Staff. Nancy was appointed CEO in April 2008 after serving as Chief Financial Officer since October 2006 when she was hired to fill a vacancy created in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

WJMC - West Jefferson Medical Center - Dodie McElmurray
Dodie McElmurray, Chief Operating Officer
Dodie McElmurray, FACHE is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for West Jefferson Medical Center. A native of Mississippi, McElmurray comes to West Jefferson with more than twenty years of nursing and healthcare leadership experience. She is responsible for overseeing the implementation of quality structures/programs and helps establish on-going initiatives to improve care metrics. McElmurray has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Nursing as well as a Master’s of Business Administration. Across her distinguished career, McElmurray has volunteered for many community and business organizations in a leadership capacity and she looks forward to becoming involved in our local community.

WJMC - West Jefferson Medical Center
Robert Chugden, M.D., Chief Medical Officer
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Robert Chugden ensures patients receive the highest quality treatment possible by hiring, evaluating and training new physicians. He works closely with physicians, nurses and staff to create and enforce clinical guidelines that help make the Medical Center’s healthcare delivery run smoothly, and he acts as a liaison between the medical staff and the hospital’s executives. For more than 30 years, Dr. Chudgen, board-certified in emergency medicine, has served as an ER physician for West Jefferson Medical Center and as the ER’s Medical Director for 18 years. In addition, he has held various positions with the hospital’s medical committees. Prior to joining West Jefferson, Dr. Chugden was an ER physician at Charity Hospital, St. Jude Medical Center and Hotel Dieu Hospital. He also served as clinical assistant professor of medicine at LSU School of Medicine. Dr. Chugden received his medical degree from LSU and completed his general surgeon residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

WJMC - West Jefferson Medical Center - Interim CNO Monica Bologna
Monica Bologna, Chief Nursing Officer
As Chief Nursing Officer, Monica Bologna’s primary role consists of providing strategic and operational leadership to the Nursing Department, while assisting the Medical Center to maintain and advance cost-effective quality care and patient satisfaction. Prior to being promoted to this position, Monica was the Vice President of Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Surgical Services for West Jefferson Medical Center. She has been part of the West Jefferson family for nearly a decade. A registered nurse for 20 years, Monica has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from William Carey College and her Master’s in Heath Systems Administration from Loyola University. She resides on the West Bank and since 2008 has served in various nursing leadership roles at West Jefferson. Monica’s background includes critical care in the area of cardiac services and cardiothoracic surgery. For several years, Monica has been part of the Medical Center’s senior leadership and has worked closely with staff and members of the medical staff across the organization.

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