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.
CFO Bill Davis

Bill Davis

Chief Executive Officer

Bill Davis 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. In January 2001, Davis joined Slidell Memorial Hospital as its CFO. In March 2012, he became CEO after serving as the hospital's Acting CEO for seven months.


Davis has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare. He has worked for both for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare providers. Davis also worked in the health insurance industry as an HMO executive for three years. Davis earned a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of New Orleans and a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi. Davis is a 2016 graduate of the Leadership Louisiana program.


Davis serves on several healthcare-related and community boards, including:

·      New Orleans Metropolitan Hospital Council, serving as the 2015 Chairman

·      Louisiana Hospital Association

·      Louisiana Hospital Association Medical Malpractice Trust Fund, serving as Vice Chairman

·      St. Tammany Parish Development District, serving as Chairman

·      First Planning District Workforce Investment Board


In 2014, Davis was named the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion for the State of Louisiana, a Top 10 National Finalist in the Community Leadership Award by Modern Healthcare Magazine, and East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce Board Member of the Year.


In 2015, Davis was honored as a New Orleans CityBusiness Healthcare Hero, a Covington YMCA Northshore Hero, and a Safe Harbor Real Man of St. Tammany.

In 2016, Davis was named American Hospital Association Political Action Committee Louisiana's Most Valuable Player.

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 17 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.

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 the 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.




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