Acadiana Business

Former Heart Hospital COO joins LHC Group

by Leslie Turk

Less than two months after losing her job as COO of Heart Hospital of Lafayette/VP of cardio services at Lourdes, Karen Wyble has joined LHC Group as regional VP of operations.

In early January, ABiz broke the story on the dismissal of Heart Hospital of Lafayette Chief Operating Officer Karen Wyble. No reason for Wyble's termination was given.

Just six weeks later, the registered nurse-turned-hospital executive has landed a job as regional vice president of operations at LHC Group, a Lafayette-based home health and hospice provider. LHC Group confirmed Wyble's employment Friday morning, two days after the national provider of home health and hospice services announced that its board of directors and management are exploring a range of strategic alternatives to boost its stock price.

In her new role, Wyble will work with hospitals around the country to facilitate partnerships for home health and hospice care.

Wyble has more than 20 years of health care experience. While COO at Heart Hospital of Lafayette, she served the dual role of vice president of cardiovascular services for Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, which has held a major stake in the specialty heart hospital since late 2007. Wyble previously served as assistant vice president of nursing at Lafayette General Medical Center.

Wyble holds master's degrees in business administration and health care administration from the University of St. Francis. She earned an associate degree in nursing from LSU and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Loyola University. She is an alumnus certified critical care nurse.

Donna Landry, Lourdes' vice president of corporate development, has been serving as interim COO of Heart Hospital since Wyble's departure.