BATON ROUGE, La., June 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- John Finan, Jr. has been named a 2017 recipient of the Catholic Health Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as CEO of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and lifelong contributions to Catholic healthcare. Finan was presented with the award on June 12 during the awards banquet at the 2017 Catholic Health Assembly in New Orleans.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given each year to a leader in Catholic healthcare who has inspired and mentored many others, and whose leadership extends past the Catholic health ministry to influence and impact the community at large.
"This award is a wonderful recognition of John's extraordinary leadership and service to Catholic healthcare across America," said Sister Barbara Arceneaux, Regional Minister, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady North American Region. "He is a visionary for innovation, an embodiment of Catholic health values and a voice for the vulnerable. We continue to flourish under his steady guidance and the vast perspective and experience he brings to our ministry in Louisiana."
Finan has more than 40 years of experience in healthcare leadership and has served as the CEO of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Louisiana since 1996. He leads the largest Catholic health system in the state, serving over 40 percent of the population. The health system is comprised of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales, St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, and several nursing homes and outpatient facilities.
For decades, Finan has faithfully advanced Catholic healthcare ministry. He is known nationally for his leadership, having served as former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association, Chair of the Board of Governors at the Clinical Center at the NIH, member of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, and Vice Chair of the Board of Mercy Health System in St. Louis. His influence has also been felt locally through his experience as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Chair of the Board of Loyola University New Orleans. He is also a member of the boards of the Public Affairs Research Council and Blueprint Louisiana.
Finan received a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University at New Orleans and his MBA from Loyola University of the South.
About the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is one the largest healthcare systems in Louisiana and is the leading healthcare provider for more than half the state's population. The health system is a non-profit, Catholic organization sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, we serve patients statewide through a network of hospitals, clinics, physicians, elderly housing and integrated systems. Our five hospitals include Our Lady of the Angels in Bogalusa, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales and St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe. For more information, visit www.fmolhs.org.
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