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Panelist Bio

Stephen Wright
CHRISTUS Health Louisiana, Southeast Texas

In March of 2010 Stephen began serving as President and CEO of CHRISTUS Health Louisiana when his responsibilities were expanded to include oversight over CHRISTUS Health Southwest Louisiana, which includes CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital in Lake Charles. In February of 2015 Stephen was asked to lead the newly integrated CHRISTUS Health Louisiana/Southeast Texas group as Senior Vice President Group Operations. In addition to the Louisiana hospitals, the Texas-based hospitals now under Stephen’s leadership include CHRISTUS Hospital – St. Elizabeth in Beaumont, CHRISTUS Hospital – St. Mary in Port Arthur, CHRISTUS Jasper Memorial Hospital and the newly purchased Bone and Join Institute in Beaumont/Port Arthur. Currently, Stephen’s oversight includes more than 6500 associates and over 1200 beds throughout the Louisiana and Southeast Texas facilities.

Over the course of a career that has spanned more than 30 years, Stephen Wright has held a variety of leadership roles with the Sisters of Charity Health Care System (SCH) and CHRISTUS Health. At SCH, Stephen served as director of managed care for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston, Texas, from 1985-1987 and then as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for St. Michael Health Care Center in Texarkana, Texas, from 1987-1999.

Following the formation of CHRISTUS Health, Stephen began his tenure as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana in January of 1999. Shortly thereafter, he was asked to assume additional responsibilities as President and CEO for CHRISTUS Health Central Louisiana, which includes CHRISTUS Coushatta Health Care Center, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, Savoy Medical Center in Mamou and CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Home in Monroe.

In February of 2009 Stephen assumed leadership of CHRISTUS Health Northern Louisiana, which includes CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center in Shreveport/Bossier, resulting in enhanced coordination of services among the various entities in Central and Northern Louisiana and both regions’ continued growth.

Stephen has provided solid leadership for start-up initiatives, strategic development, program services and physician relations. He is strongly committed to performance improvement and consistently exemplifies the CHRISTUS core values in his interactions with associates, physicians, board members, volunteers and the community.

Current Topic

     01/18 - Early Education Matters

Should early childhood education be a priority?
It’s estimated that issues with early childhood education cost the state economy more than $1 billion per year. Business professionals and politicians agree that there is a severe lack of access to high-quality child care in the state. But with the state facing a $1 billion budget shortfall, can funds be found to make this a priority?

Louisiana School Finder, a first-of-its-kind performance guide on early care and education centers is a useful tool for parents seeking care for their children. Can it also be a mechanism to improve performance? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Early Education Matters” January 24th at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:

· Melanie Bronfin, La. Policy Institute for Children

· Rep. Stephen Carter, R-Baton Rouge; Education Committee

· Stephen Waguespack, La. Assoc. of Business & Industry

· Supt. John White, La. Dept. of Education

Barry Erwin, CEO of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) moderates the discussion.

The program includes interviews with Belinda Creel Davis, Ph.D., with the LSU Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs and co-author of the Losing Ground study of childcare issues and workforce productivity in Louisiana; Melinda George, Child Care Assistance Manager with the La. Dept. of Education; Brigitte Nieland, V.P. for Workforce and Education for the La. Assoc. of Business & Industry: and Shawanda Jefferson, a mother whose improved employment status has put her Child Care Assistance Program benefits in jeopardy.
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