Louisiana Hospital Association honors Elrod as a life member
A Shreveport man recently received the prized distinction of all Louisiana hospital administrators after being named an honorary lifetime member of the Louisiana Hospital Association.
James K. “Jim” Elrod recently received this recognition for his substantial contributions to the hospitality industry in the Shreveport-Bossier area. “James K. Elrod is an exceptional visionary and leader. For more than five decades, he has made unparalleled contributions to health care in Northwest Louisiana and beyond,” said Jaf Fielder, president and CEO of Willis-Knighton Health System.
Elrod was the longest-serving hospital administrator in the nation, serving his community for more than 56 years as president and CEO of Willis-Knighton Health System.
“It has been a lifetime privilege and honor to lead and serve as President and CEO of Willis-Knighton Health System for more than five decades,” Elrod said.
This distinction can only be achieved through a true passion for one’s community.
“Serving the hospital industry for more than half a century, Jim Elrod’s dedication to health care is unmatched,” said LHA President and CEO Paul A. Salles. “His leadership has been instrumental in the Association, and we are grateful for his commitment to improving health care in Louisiana.”
Elrod began serving on the LHA board in 1975 as a board trustee, and 47 years later receives Louisiana’s highest honor for hospital administrators. LHA is a nonprofit organization representing hospitals and health care provider groups across the state.
“His leadership has been instrumental for the Association, and we are grateful for his commitment to improving health care in Louisiana,” Salles said.
Makenzie Boucher is a reporter for the Shreveport Times. Contact her at [email protected]