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Charles Spicer, FACHE, Named as Our Lady of the Lake Health, Baton Rouge Market President

August 24, 2022

New leader brings decades of successful healthcare experience to position

After a national search, Charles L. “Chuck” Spicer, Jr., has been chosen as the next president of Our Lady of the Lake Health and will lead the Baton Rouge market for the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. Most recently, Spicer served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of OU Medicine in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he helped to lead the transition to the newly formed not-for-profit OU Medicine Health System in 2018. 

“Chuck is a purpose-driven leader with an impressive track record for leading large health systems and the complex demands of academic medicine, clinical operations, and community engagement. His responsibilities have included Oklahoma’s only NCI-designated cancer center, a freestanding Children’s Hospital and the state’s only Level I Trauma Center,” said Richard Vath, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. “He is well positioned to build upon the organizational strength and Everyday Excellence of Our Lady of the Lake and we have more exciting work ahead.”

Spicer brings with him close to 30 years of knowledge and experience in the field of healthcare administration and has a deep understanding of the emerging healthcare needs of a flagship medical center as well as a growing outpatient and physician clinic footprint. He is also familiar with the necessary elements of value-based care and population health as we continue to make a positive impact for families in Louisiana.

“Our Lady of the Lake continues to lead the Capital Region in quality care, clinical excellence and innovative healthcare solutions,” said Skip Philips, Chairman of the Our Lady of the Lake Board of Directors and a member of the CEO search committee. “I look forward to continued momentum under Chuck’s leadership with a focus on relationships and the strategic growth required to meet the needs of our community.”

Spicer has a strong commitment to the areas he serves and has been active in his community, serving on the boards of United Way of Central Oklahoma, Allied Arts and Oklahoma Hospital Association. He has also been recognized for his contributions philanthropically. Spicer will begin his role with Our Lady of the Lake Health on October 17, 2022. Beth O’Brien will continue to serve as interim market president until that time to ensure a smooth transition period.

About Our Lady of the Lake Health

Our Lady of the Lake Health is a not-for-profit Catholic healthcare ministry based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with more than 7,500 employees committed to serving the Capital Region and building a healthy community through excellence in patient care and education. With an 800-bed Regional Medical Center, a dedicated Children’s Hospital, a 78-bed hospital in Gonzales, Louisiana, two freestanding emergency rooms in outlying parishes, and a 600+ provider Physician Group, Our Lady of the Lake Health provides comprehensive healthcare services for common to complex conditions. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is a primary teaching site for graduate medical education programs in partnership with LSU, and is recognized in the areas of heart and vascular, trauma and emergency care, stroke, cancer care, minimally invasive procedures, and more. Our Lady of the Lake is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and is driven by its mission to serve all God’s people, especially those most in need. For more information, visit

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Chrislyn Maher
Senior Director, Marketing & Communications
Our Lady of the Lake Health



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