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Stephanie Manson Named Market President for Our Lady of Lourdes Health

December 20, 2022

Long-Time Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health Leader Chosen to Lead Acadiana Market

Stephanie MansonLafayette, LA – The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) is proud to announce that after a national search, Stephanie Manson, FACHE, MSHA, MBA, has been chosen to lead Our Lady of Lourdes Health. As the current Chief Operating Officer of Our Lady of the Lake Health, Stephanie has dedicated almost 25 years of her professional life to FMOLHS.

“Stephanie has dedicated her career to FMOLHS and offers a depth of experience and knowledge of healthcare operations as well as our organization and its values,” stated Richard Vath, MD, Chief Executive Officer of FMOLHS. “She has served in various leadership roles during her years with us and has helped skillfully navigate both the challenges of a global pandemic and the rollout of major systemwide initiatives. I have the utmost confidence in her leadership.”

In her new role, Stephanie will be responsible for the strategic vision for Our Lady of Lourdes Health, a leader in healthcare for the Acadiana community. With a long career dedicated to bringing the best quality of care to Louisiana’s residents, Stephanie will begin her tenure as market president on March 1, 2023. She plans to continue to build upon the accomplishments of Our Lady of Lourdes, while evolving to meet the needs of a growing community.

“Our Lady of Lourdes has an excellent reputation for quality care and compassionate service along with an unwavering commitment to the community that I have long admired,” said Stephanie Manson. “I am honored and humbled to work alongside such an incredible group of team members and physicians and look forward to continuing their good work for the Acadiana region.”

Stephanie began her career with FMOLHS as an administrative resident with Our Lady of the Lake and held progressive leadership positions. During her tenure she was named as the first administrator of Our Lady of the Lake’s Children’s Hospital. In 2015, while serving as VP of Operations at the Lake, she was tapped to be the health system’s Chief Information Officer where she skillfully led the inpatient implementation of Epic. Most recently, she served as Chief Operating Officer at Our Lady of the Lake, responsible for operational oversight of the 800-bed regional medical center, the Ascension, Livingston, North, and Assumption campuses, the Children’s Hospital, and multiple outpatient sites.

Stephanie holds dual master’s degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Business and Health Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Louisiana State University. She is actively involved in the community, serving on numerous church and civic boards in leadership roles. She currently sits on the executive committee of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and was named the 2021 chair for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. Stephanie was selected as an Influential Woman in Business by the Baton Rouge Business Report in 2020 and was a recipient of the Tomorrow’s Leader Award from the Catholic Health Association in 2011.

About the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is one of the largest healthcare systems based 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, the ministry serves patients in Louisiana and Mississippi through a network of hospitals, clinics, physicians and integrated health systems. The health system’s unified physician organization is comprised of more than 1,100 adult and pediatric primary care physicians and specialists. The system’s nine main campus hospitals include St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge and Gonzales, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Heart Hospital, and Women's & Children's Hospital in Lafayette, Our Lady of the Angels in Bogalusa, and St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. For more information, visit

About Our Lady of Lourdes Health

Founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady in 1949, Our Lady of Lourdes Health is a not–for–profit Catholic healthcare ministry based in Lafayette, Louisiana. With a regional acute care medical center that employs more than 2,800 people, Our Lady of Lourdes Health offers a physician staff of over 850 doctors in a variety of medical and surgical specialties. Lourdes’ services include Centers of Excellence in the areas of Orthopedics, Stroke and a Robotic Surgery Program. Lourdes is home to the only burn unit in Southwest Louisiana and a Commission on Cancer-accredited oncology program. Our Lady of Lourdes operates Our Lady of Lourdes Heart Hospital, a premier 32-bed cardiac facility, and Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital, offering the area’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Level III Surgical Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. With additional services including multiple clinics, four imaging locations and a primary care physician network, Lourdes provides easy access to comprehensive care throughout the community. Our Lady of Lourdes 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. Discover more at

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Jenny Baudoin
Director, Marketing & Communications
Our Lady of Lourdes Health



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