Extending Healthcare Across the World


(from left: Dr. Alma Cruz, pediatric resident; Dr. Amy Wood, Director of Global Health; Dr. Kent Willis, pediatric residency graduate) Medically speaking, the world is becoming smaller. From leisure and business travel, to immigration and displaced people groups, we now see diseases we once thought were regionally contained or eliminated by vaccines. One of the […]

16 Years Later: My Advice to Other Nurses


(From L to R: Nicole Telhiard, Vice President, Patient Care Services; John Deshotel, Nurse Excellence Award Recipient; Christina Culotta, Interim UM Manager, Medical Management) It may seem crazy, but my first job out of nursing school was at Our Lady of the Lake. Sixteen years later, I’m still here. Being a part of this hospital […]

[Videos] Why We Became Doctors


It’s our mission to serve our patients. From giving routine preventive care to providing treatment for more serious conditions, we extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to those most in need each and every day. While we all have a calling to serve, the way we came to be physicians is different. Each of […]

State Budget Crisis Threatening Critical Healthcare Services


Last week’s tornadoes reminded us of how thankful we should be for the blessings of health and safety every day. I admire the courageousness of our staff and the volunteers that came together to serve so many with critical injuries. We continue to pray for the families and communities affected by this recent tragedy. Our […]

About Scott Wester

Scott Wester is the President of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Operations Group and Chief Executive Officer of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, a position he has held since March of 2008. As part of his role, Wester directs the operations of the largest hospital within the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, a non-profit, mission-focused Catholic healthcare ministry with hospitals in five Louisiana cities. Wester also serves as the President of the Operations Group for the health system and is responsible for oversight of all the hospital markets within the health system as well as Senior Services.

Christmas ‘Elves’ Brighten Patients’ Spirits


Spending the holidays in the hospital is probably not what our patients had in mind when thinking about the most wonderful time of the year. We always try to bring cheer to our patients when they are sick or injured, but during the holidays we try extra hard to make them smile. Once again, our […]