"Aphreikah is a well-rounded and effective leader who has been a natural fit at Teche Regional since she took the reins as interim CEO," said Brad Owens, chief operating officer (COO) of LifePoint Health's Western Group, of which Teche Regional is a part. "Her commitment to upholding the highest standards of quality and patient safety make her the ideal person to lead the hospital into the future."
Prior to being named interim CEO, DuHaney-West was COO of Mercy Regional Medical Center (MRMC) in Ville Platte and Acadian Medical Center in Eunice. Before joining MRMC/Acadian, she served in numerous other leadership roles, including as chief nursing officer (CNO) of Havasu Regional Medical Center, a LifePoint facility in Lake Havasu City, Arizona; CNO of Logan Regional Medical Center, a LifePoint facility in Logan, West Virginia; chief nursing executive and interim COO at Gila River Health Care Corporation in Sacaton, Arizona; and CNO at Vanguard (Paradise Valley Hospital) in Phoenix, Arizona, to name a few.
DuHaney-West is a certified professional in patient safety (CPPS), a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and FACHE board-certified in healthcare management. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the United States Public Health Service CNO Award in 2010 and selection as a nurse executive delegate to Cuba by the American Organization of Nurse Executives.
"Being part of the exceptional team and outstanding work taking place at Teche Regional has been a highlight of my career, and I am thrilled to take on this important leadership role on a permanent basis," said DuHaney-West. "I want to thank the hospital employees, medical staff and volunteers for the warm welcome I've received over the last several months. I know that great things are ahead for our hospital, and I look forward to everything we will accomplish together as we continue to provide high quality care close to home for the communities we serve."