Parish President appoints OMC CEO to NW LA Human Services District Board

Rev. Dr. Guidry, CEO|CMO of the Outpatient Medical Center (OMC) was recently appointed by Parish President John Richmond to serve on the Northwest Louisiana Human Services District (NLHSD) Board. Following his selection and nomination, the Natchitoches Parish Council voted to confirm Dr. Guidry on Oct. 17, and he will replace outgoing Board Member Gary Conley.

The NLHSD Board of Directors consists of a total of 12 board members. One representative is selected from each of the nine parishes in addition to three members appointed by the Governor of Louisiana. The District was created by Act 373 in the 2008 Legislative Session and began operating in May 2014. The goal of the NLHSD is to serve the parishes of Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Bienville, Red River, Desoto, Sabine, and Natchitoches as a Local Governmental Entity (LGE).

NLHSD is one of 10 LGEs created by the Louisiana Legislature as part of a statewide- integrated human services delivery system. LGEs operate within a framework anchored in clear public policy objectives, well-defined local responsibilities, and accountability measures designed to assure quality services are delivered efficiently and effectively.

Dr. Guidry is no stranger to physician executive leadership and governmental boards. He has nearly 30 years of such leadership in Texas and in Louisiana. In Texas, he served as CEO|CMO of an FQHC enterprise serving 14 local jurisdictions until he retired and relocated to his home in Natchitoches parish. Prior to that, he served as a Texas state regional public health director over a 16-county area of southeast Texas and as the Texas associate commissioner of family health. He has received many awards including Top State Health Official Award (2008) and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians’ Public Health Award (2016).

After a short retirement to Louisiana, he began serving veterans as Chief of Staff of the Pineville VA hospital system in central and southwest Louisiana parishes. Later, he served as Chief Medical Officer for a network of David Raines Community Health Clinics in several northwestern parishes. Since May 2020, he assumed the full-time role of CEO|CMO of OMC clinics in the Natchitoches, Leesville and Tallulah areas. His dedication to OMC is reflected in his tireless commitment to saving and rebuilding a previously troubled organization, which serves areas with some of the highest rates of poverty in Louisiana. In spite of unprecedented organizational challenges at the peak of the COVID pandemic, he continues to lead a management team, which has reversed long-standing fiscal, compliance, and staffing constraints.

On a personal note, Rev. Dr. Guidry is a deacon serving St. Augustine Parish community on Isle Brevelle. His passion comes from a charitable calling to serve those with the greatest need. Finally, Dr. Guidry is a cultural preservationist, leading two non-profits that preserve Louisiana’s history and heritage. In 2011, he co-authored the popular “coffee table” book, “Natchitoches and Louisiana’s Timeless Cane River”, along with the late Bobby DeBlieux, Philip Gould, and Rick Seales. As the newest board member of the NLHSD, Guidry hopes to use his experience, along with his commitment to the community, to help develop public policy objectives and measures to improve the coordination of services in Northwest Louisiana particularly for those who fall through cracks.