Leadership

 


Joan Coffman FACHE
President and CEO

St. Tammany Parish Hospital President and CEO, Joan M. Coffman has a demonstrated track record improving quality, safety, patient experience and operating performance, as well as demonstrated passion for improving overall health and quality of life in her community while providing exceptional healthcare value in the hospitals she has led. 

Originally from New Orleans, Ms. Coffman worked with Tenet Healthcare Corporation as Assistant Administrator of Lindy Boggs Medical Center until 2005 when it closed due to flood damage sustained in Hurricane Katrina. She also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana Clinic, a multi-specialty physician clinic in New Orleans. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Orleans. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Most recently, Ms. Coffman served as the president and CEO of HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, part of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). HSHS is a multi-institutional healthcare system that cares for patients in 14 communities in Illinois and Wisconsin. She previously served as president and CEO of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, WI, joining the organization in 2008.


Sharon Toups FACHE 
Senior Vice President
Chief Operating Officer


With a background in education and physical therapy, Sharon Toups brings the principles of customer service and patient experience to her work leading the operations of St. Tammany Parish Hospital as STPH Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. 

Toups is responsible for the ancillary and support departments, as well as leading facility enhancement projects for the hospital. Prior to her present role, Toups rose to executive leadership of the Gulf South’s largest health system, beginning as a physical therapist, and directing physical medicine and rehabilitative services before joining the executive team as vice president of ancillary services.

Toups earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical therapy and education. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, president of the Women’s Healthcare Executive Network, and a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.


Kerry Milton RN, BSN, MSHA
Senior Vice President
Chief Nursing Officer

After launching her career as a medicine and oncology nurse at East Jefferson General Hospital, Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer Kerry Milton joined St. Tammany Parish Hospital as a telemetry registered nurse.

Through bachelor’s and master’s degrees and successive promotions in nursing management, Milton built her executive career on patient care and sound management principles. Her roots at the bedside bring an important perspective on the value of personal attention and quality initiatives.

Milton is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, VHA Gulf States Nurse Executive Group, Women’s Healthcare Executive Network and Louisiana Organization of Nurse Executives.


Sandra DiPietro 
Senior Vice President
Chief Financial Officer


Sandra DiPietro started her career as an assistant manager of financial accounting for International Shipholding Corp. before becoming a senior auditor with Ernst & Young. She then switched into healthcare in 1994 when she was hired as a senior accountant for budget and reimbursement for St. Tammany parish Hospital. In 1995, she took over as controller.

She teaches undergraduate and graduate level healthcare financial management at the University of Phoenix and serves as treasurer on the New Heights Therapy board of directors.

DiPietro has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southeastern University and master's degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Patrick Torcson MD
Senior Vice President 
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Torcson has been a member of the STPH medical staff for more than 20 years. While a full-time clinician he held numerous medical staff leadership roles including chief of the medical staff, chair of medical care services and chairman of credentials. Dr. Torcson was a founding member of the STPH Department of Hospital Medicine, served as the medical director for the hospitalist program and vice president/chief medical integration officer before becoming CMO.

He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine training at the Ochsner Medical Foundation in his hometown of New Orleans.  He also received a master of medical management degree from Tulane University. 

Dr. Torcson is board certified in internal medicine and completed the first focused practice in hospital medicine recertification through the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians and is a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine. 

Carolyn Adema 
Senior Vice President 
Human Resources


Carolyn Adema’s human resources career spans more than 25 years, including vice president of human resources for Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans and senior vice president of human resources at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. 

Adema earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and a master’s degree from Tulane University. She is also SPHR certified and recognized as an Executive of the Year by Society of Human Resources Management. 

Adema and her family live in Mandeville.

Midge Collett RN JD
Vice President
Corporate Compliance


As an attorney and registered nurse, Midge Collett brings a unique perspective to her work as St. Tammany Parish Hospital’s Vice President of Legal Affairs/Chief Compliance Officer.

Previous to her affiliation with STPH, Collett was a staff attorney with Lemle & Kelleher in New Orleans and East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, an adjunct faculty member with University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill., and a registered nurse with Baton Rouge General Medical Center.

Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed Collett to the Louisiana Emergency Response Network. She is a member of the Louisiana Hospital Association Legislative Regulatory and Policy Council, Louisiana State Bar Association and Louisiana Society of Hospital Attorneys.


Craig Doyle
Vice President
Chief Information Officer


Doyle has served as director of Information Systems at the hospital since January 2012, where he was responsible for IT tactical operations, strategic planning, resource management, budget and project management. Before that, he served as division chief information officer for Hospital Corporation of America’s Delta Division.

Craig has served on the Louisiana Healthcare Quality Forum’s health information technology committee since 2010 and is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems and Society. He also serves on St. Scholastica Academy’s school board as executive committee treasurer and capital campaign operational chairman.

Doyle has a bachelor’s degree of science in business administration majoring in quantitative business analysis from Louisiana State University and a master's degree in business administration majoring in quantitative business analysis with a concentration in healthcare management from Southeastern Louisiana University. 

Jack Khashou M.Ed MS 
Vice President 
St. Tammany Quality Network | St. Tammany Cancer Center


Jack served as the STQN executive director since January 2014 and as administrator for the cancer center since March 2015.

He has more than 20 years of healthcare experience in various executive roles for Tenet Health Care and Ochsner Health System. A majority of his executive experience has come in hospital and ambulatory operations as well as in strategy and business development.

Jack has a master's degrees in Human Performance and Health Promotion as well as Health Care Management from the University of New Orleans. He holds an undergraduate degree in Human Performance and Health Promotion with a concentration in Exercise Physiology.

He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Michael Hill MD 
Vice President
Quality and Utilization Management
Chief Quality Officer


Dr. Michael Hill provides leadership and direction for planning, organizing and coordinating the mission of creating a successful St. Tammany Quality Network and works to advance quality of care and service at STPH.

He also is responsible for assisting in the development of physician relationships across this same network, for stimulating the growth of the organization and providing leadership in medical management by working through and with network physicians. He is seen as technical and mentoring resource to physicians.

Dr. Hill has been a physician in Southeastern Louisiana for close to 30 years and cared for patients in over ten hospitals during that time. He has held several committee and administrative roles along the way and he has been elected to the Medical Executive Committee of three different hospitals and was the board chairman for IMG Healthcare for more than seven years.

Dr. Hill received a bachelor's degree from the University of New Orleans and a medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center. After an internship and residency in internal medicine at Charity Hospital of New Orleans, where he was named Chief Resident, he went on to complete a fellowship in infectious disease in the LSU Department of Medicine.