SMH Senior Management

Slidell Memorial's Administration

The hospital's Administrative team is responsible for day-to-day operations and for carrying out policies and directives as approved by the Board of Commissioners.

Kerry R. Tirman, JD, MBA, FACHE, CPPS

Chief Executive Officer

Kerry Tirman serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Slidell Market for the partnership between SMH and Ochsner Health System, which includes Slidell Memorial Hospital, Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore, related clinics and outpatient facilities. Tirman has 20 years of healthcare leadership experience and is noted for his healthcare expertise, with demonstrated success in improving operational process and fiscal health, quality of services and patient satisfaction.

In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS), Tirman holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Juris Doctorate (JD) from Tulane University in New Orleans, as well as a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. 

After beginning his healthcare career as a Compliance Officer and Ancillary Services Director, Tirman grew into several other leadership positions, including as CEO of Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City, Kan.; President of Mercy St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo, Ohio; System COO at Mississippi Baptist Hospital System in Jackson; and CEO of Riley Hospital in Meridian, Miss. Tirman also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and an engineer at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.

Tirman is married to Vicki Tirman of Pascagoula, Miss., and has two sons attending the University of Alabama.

Sandy Badinger

Chief Financial Officer
Sandra "Sandy” Badinger is the Chief Financial Officer of the Slidell Market. Badinger began her position at SMH in July 2012.

Badinger has more than 23 years of experience in healthcare accounting and finance, including leadership positions in diverse and multi-hospital systems in the Greater New Orleans region. She came to SMH from Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital in Hammond, where she has served as Chief Financial Officer since shortly after the specialty surgical opened in 2011. While there, she established significant operational and financial processes for the "start-up” facility. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Financial Officer at Fairway Medical Center in Covington from 2008-2011. She also served as Chief Financial Officer at another St. Tammany area hospital, Louisiana Heart Hospital, from 2007-2008.

Previous to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and for a year afterward, Badinger worked for Universal Health Services. UHS operated Chalmette Medical Center for many years and later acquired Methodist Hospital as well as Lakeland Medical Center, both in New Orleans East. She started her 11-year career with UHS as a staff accountant, then went on to serve as assistant controller, controller, New Orleans Market controller, and ultimately as chief financial officer.

Badinger is married with two children. She is an active member of St. Jane de Chantal church, and actively involved as a volunteer in the St. Tammany Parish school system and community sports. She received both a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of New Orleans.

Lynn Strain

Chief Nursing Officer

Lynn Strain is the Chief Nursing Officer at Slidell Memorial, a position she took in March 2014.

Strain has functioned in a leadership role for a great deal of her career at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, La. She began as supervisor of the Intensive Care Unit in 2001. She assumed the role of director and administrative liaison in 2006. In 2012, she expanded her role to become director of the entire critical care, ICU+CCU, from 2012-2014. As the critical care director, she managed 41 beds and 130 team members while still maintaining her additional administrative liaison duties. Within each of these capacities, Strain was held to 24-hour accountability for the overall administration and clinical direction of critical care.

Strain holds a Masters of Science in Nursing Administration (MSN with an MBA minor) from the Chamberlain College School of Nursing. Prior to this advanced degree, she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing, as well as a Registered Nurse Diploma, AONE Nurse Manager Fellow, NORLI Fellow, and a minor in biology.

Strain was an active participant at her previous employment on several committees, including the ICU Committee, Cardiology Committee, Surgical Site Improvement, Trauma, Quality Management, Strategic Planning, Critical Care Leadership (chair), Clinical Policy and Procedure (chair), Stroke, Pulmonary Service Line (chair), and Hand Hygiene (co-chair). She also played an integral role on the administrative director team to develop the hospital’s annual clinical strategic vision and plan. In addition, Strain led several successful organization-wide initiatives.

Strain participates in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and attends the AACN National Teaching Institute annually. Previously, she has been a part of the Nursing Congress, the American Association of Nurse Executives and the American Hospital Association Conventions. Strain has received a 20-year Critical Care Registered Nurse Certification, 25-year Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification, and several "Focus on Excellence Awards,” among many other accolades.

Strain is married with two children.

Gilbert F. Ganucheau, Jr.

Chief Legal Officer

Gilbert "Gil” Ganucheau, Jr., serves as the Chief Legal Officer for Slidell Memorial Hospital. Earning his law degree from Tulane University School of Law in 1983, Ganucheau has been practicing healthcare law for the past 23 years.

Ganucheau’s work with Slidell Memorial Hospital began in 1995, serving as the Associate General Counsel, and later as the Corporate Compliance Officer through 1999. In 2015 he joined the SMH Team as General Counsel/Director of Legal Services, and in 2018 was named Chief Legal Officer for the hospital.

Prior to re-joining SMH, Ganucheau served as an Attorney for the healthcare law firm of Kathleen L. DeBruhl & Associates, L.L.C. for 16 years. During his time at the firm, he served as lead litigation counsel and successfully defended multiple qui tam cases and investigations by U.S. Attorneys Offices and qui tam relators.

Ganucheau is involved with several professional organizations, including:

·      Louisiana State Bar Association

                   Health Law Section, Chair 2010-2014,
            Public and Governmental Law Section, Chair 1991 - 1993

·      American Bar Association, Member Health Law Section

                  Fraud and Compliance Interest Group, Vice Chair 2004-2000

·      American Health Lawyers Association

·      Federal Bar Association

·      Texas Bar Association

·      New Orleans Bar Association

·      Slidell Bar Association, President 1991-1992

Ganucheau is married with four children and 11 grandchildren. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. He is a Deacon of the Archdiocese of New Orleans assigned to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Slidell.

Ken Smith

Associate Administrator
Ken Smith began his position as Associate Administrator in October 2017. Smith joined Ochsner Health System in 2010 in the Ochsner Finance Fellowship Program and has served in multiple roles throughout the organization.

Since 2015, Ken has served as Assistant Vice President - Operations for Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore and has been responsible for expanding and enhancing orthopedics, neurosciences and musculoskeletal programs across the Northshore.

In his recent role at Ochsner, he was responsible for the leadership of the day-to-day operations, strategic planning and business development for multiple clinic practices throughout the region. He recently served as the lead administrator for the $20 million Ochsner Clinic expansion in the Covington Market.

Ken was raised in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Alabama and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. Prior to relocating to the Northshore, he worked in Memphis, TN with a large construction supply company.

Ken and his wife, LeAnn, moved to the Northshore in 2005. They currently reside in Madisonville with their daughter, Lana.

C. Bryan Miller, M.D.

VPMA SMH Physician Network
Dr. C. Bryan Miller graduated from the University of South Alabama in 1994. After completing his residency at the University of South Alabama Medical Center, he moved to Slidell, LA, where he opened his private practice in family medicine. Dr. Miller joined SMH Physicians Network in 2010. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Miller has served in a leadership role at SMH since 2012 including Chief Medical Officer and represents our institution on numerous statewide quality and leadership committees.

SMH Family Medicine is committed to providing health maintenance and promoting healthy lifestyles to our surrounding community. Our goal is to improve the lives in our community and maintain continuity of care.

James Newcomb, M.D.

Vice President, Medical Affairs
Dr. Newcomb earned his medical degree from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 1984. Following graduation, he completed his residency training in Family Practice at the Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge. Dr. Newcomb practices at Ochsner Health Center Slidell. He has been on staff at Ochsner since 2006 and is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice.

Dr. Newcomb is a well-known, highly regarded physician in our community. He has been practicing medicine in Slidell for nearly 30 years and has held several notable positions, including vice president of medical affairs at OMC-NS, and medical staff president, board representative and board vice chairman at SMH.



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