Meet the Hospital Administrators

Nancy R. Cassagne, President and Chief Executive Officer WJMCNancy R. Cassagne, President and Chief Executive Officer
A Certified Public Accountant, Mrs. Cassagne has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, government, not-for-profit and utility organizations. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. A native of Jefferson Parish and active in the community, she also has the special distinction of being born at West Jefferson Medical Center. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Cassagne’s professional responsibilities include oversight for the administration and operation of West Jefferson Medical Center. She provides President and CEO-level direction and management for hospital activities in conjunction with the Medical Staff. Nancy was appointed CEO in April 2008 after serving as Chief Financial Officer since October 2006 when she was hired to fill a vacancy created in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Dodie McElmurray, Chief Operating Officer wjmcDodie McElmurray, Chief Operating Officer
Dodie McElmurray, FACHE is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for West Jefferson Medical Center. A native of Mississippi, McElmurray comes to West Jefferson with more than twenty years of nursing and healthcare leadership experience. She is responsible for overseeing the implementation of quality structures/programs and helps establish on-going initiatives to improve care metrics. McElmurray has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Nursing as well as a Master’s of Business Administration. Across her distinguished career, McElmurray has volunteered for many community and business organizations in a leadership capacity and she looks forward to becoming involved in our local community.

Dan Riley, Chief Financial OfficerDan Riley, Chief Financial Officer
Dan joins West Jefferson Medical Center with over 30 years of experience in healthcare finance operations and management. He began his professional career as a Certified Public Accountant in the New Orleans office of Deloitte, Haskins & Sells (now known as Deloitte). He also served Senior Finance Leadership roles at Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas; Phycor in Houston, Texas; and Tulane University Hospital and Clinic in New Orleans. Dan most recently served as CFO at the University of Arkansas for Medical Services (UAMS) Medical Center where his primary responsibilities included financial planning, forecasting and budgeting for hospital-wide initiatives. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of New Orleans.

Robert Chugden, M.D., Chief Medical Officer wjmcRobert Chugden, M.D., Chief Medical Officer
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Robert Chugden ensures patients receive the highest quality treatment possible by hiring, evaluating and training new physicians. He works closely with physicians, nurses and staff to create and enforce clinical guidelines that help make the Medical Center’s healthcare delivery run smoothly, and he acts as a liaison between the medical staff and the hospital’s executives. For more than 30 years, Dr. Chudgen, board-certified in emergency medicine, has served as an ER physician for West Jefferson Medical Center and as the ER’s Medical Director for 18 years. In addition, he has held various positions with the hospital’s medical committees. Prior to joining West Jefferson, Dr. Chugden was an ER physician at Charity Hospital, St. Jude Medical Center and Hotel Dieu Hospital. He also served as clinical assistant professor of medicine at LSU School of Medicine. Dr. Chugden received his medical degree from LSU and completed his general surgeon residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Monica Bologna, Chief Nursing OfficerMonica Bologna, Chief Nursing Officer
As Chief Nursing Officer, Monica Bologna’s primary role consists of providing strategic and operational leadership to the Nursing Department, while assisting the Medical Center to maintain and advance cost-effective quality care and patient satisfaction. Prior to being promoted to this position, Monica was the Vice President of Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Surgical Services for West Jefferson Medical Center. She has been part of the West Jefferson family for nearly a decade. A registered nurse for 20 years, Monica has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from William Carey College and her Master’s in Heath Systems Administration from Loyola University. She resides on the West Bank and since 2008 has served in various nursing leadership roles at West Jefferson. Monica’s background includes critical care in the area of cardiac services and cardiothoracic surgery. For several years, Monica has been part of the Medical Center’s senior leadership and has worked closely with staff and members of the medical staff across the organization.

Dean Roy, Vice President of Physician Services and Business Development wjmcDean Roy, Vice President of Physician Services and Business Development
As Vice President of Physician Services and Business Development, Dean Roy’s primary role consists of providing strategic and operational leadership to the Physician Clinics, while working with the rest of the executive team to develop partnerships to further the mission of the hospital. Prior to being promoted to this position, Dean led several areas of the organization including Decision Support, Marketing and several outpatient departments. He has been part of the West Jefferson family for over 7 years. While a native of Belle Chasse, Dean received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and his Master’s in Business Administration with a focus on Healthcare Leadership from Yale University. Dean resides in the Lakeview neighborhood with his wife and three children – all born at West Jefferson Medical Center.

Jeff Edge, VP of OperationsJeff Edge, VP of Operations
As VP of Operations, Jeff manages a variety of hospital areas including Food Services, Environmental Services, Groundskeeping, Patient Transport, Biomed, Security and all Allied Services departments. Most recently, he served as Assistant VP of Allied Services at WJMC where he managed Imaging Services, Radiation Oncology, Respiratory Therapy, Pulmonary Rehab, EEG, The Sleep Center, Lab and Pathology. Jeff has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare ranging from multisite outpatient management to Level I trauma centers. Jeff earned his Bachelor’s degree in Radiology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and his Master’s in Health Administration from LSU Shreveport. Jeff also served in the United States Air Force where he was trained as an X-ray and CT Tech. Jeff resides on the Northshore with his wife and daughter.

Darlene Gondrella, VP of QualityDarlene Gondrella, VP of Quality
Darlene has over 26 years of nursing experience and has spent the last 10 years over Quality, Risk Management and Infection Prevention. Over the course of her 20-year career at West Jefferson Medical Center, she has managed departments such as Case Management, Guest Services and Patient Experience, and Nurse Education. She loves her work family and was honored to be chosen as a New Orleans CityBusiness Healthcare Hero in 2006. Darlene received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from LSU School of Nursing and is a Certified Case Manager. Darlene lives with her wonderful husband and son, who was born at West Jeff.