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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

     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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