In Appreciation and Remembrance of Arthur Welch

Long-time Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Board of Commissioners Member, Mr. Arthur Welch, will forever be remembered for his legacy at NRMC. A friend and mentor to all, Mr. Welch’s service to the hospital has always been defined by his leadership, integrity, vision, and commitment.

From board meetings to strategic planning retreats, Mr. Welch always challenged the hospital team to think about processes and outcomes. As an engineer, he helped everyone see a linear path forward and stressed the importance of building programs the right way – no shortcuts. He always served as a patient advocate and wanted to ensure NRMC provided excellent services close to home, so families did not have to leave the parish for care.

As a Board member, Mr. Welch weighed in on every key decision at the hospital as new services were discussed and considered. When Mr. Welch joined the NRMC Board in 2010, the hospital did not have wound care, pain management, a walk-in clinic, a state-of-the-art lab, a breast center, robotics, an ambulatory treatment center, a sleep center, a conference center, a cancer center, or multispecialty clinic and its specialists. These projects have become part of his extraordinary legacy.

It was common for Mr. Welch to ask the NRMC leadership team to think in terms of “what one thing” sets NRMC apart. Invariably, he urged everyone, “Remember why we are here – it is to provide excellent care and services to our community.” Everywhere you look inside NRMC, you’ll find Mr. Welch’s signature commitment, his passion for the people of Natchitoches, and his hallmark kindness.

Mr. Welch’s professional career consists of a lifetime of accomplishments and achievements, and here at NRMC, we are forever grateful to him for sharing his time and talents with us over the past 12 years. The NRMC family wishes to extend our sympathies to Mr. Welch’s wife, Frances, and their children and grandchildren.