Coffman earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Francis and master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans. Originally from New Orleans, Coffman worked with Tenet Healthcare Corp. as Assistant Administrator of Lindy Boggs Medical Center until 2005. She also served as CEO of the Louisiana Clinic, a multi-specialty physician clinic in New Orleans. Coffman most recently served as president and CEO of HSHS St. Mary’s in Decatur, Illinois, a campus of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), a multi-facility healthcare system serving Illinois and Wisconsin since 1875 as the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis.
“We are excited to attract such an accomplished and proven hospital leader as Ms. Coffman,” said John Evans, board chairman. “Our search committee included local community physician leaders, board members and our partner Ochsner Health System. Among the seven of us, we find Joan to be an accomplished hospital executive and an excellent choice to lead our hospital into its next phase of growth to serve our population of patients and families.”