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Coletta Barrett, Louisiana

by Krystle N. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Coletta Barrett, Louisiana

Possessing more than 35 years of hospital clinical, health plan medical management and executive leadership, Coletta Barrett serves as vice president of mission for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center – a tertiary, Catholic Academic Medical Center with 824 licensed beds.  Coletta serves as the senior leader responsible for the interpretation, clarification, and integration of the mission of the organization and is operationally responsible for the development and administration of programs and processes relevant to the mission and philosophy, in order to ensure high quality health care services are provided with compassion, understanding, respect, and dignity.

Coletta served as the chairman of the inaugural Advocacy Coordinating Committee in 1997 and was the chairman of the American Heart Association's National Board of Directors in 2003-2004.  She is the first registered nurse to ever hold the office of chief volunteer officer for the organization.  The American Heart Association launched the Go Red For Women movement under Coletta’s leadership.  She served on the board and the administrative cabinet for eight years.  In 2009, she received the Gold Heart Award and in 2013 the Award of Meritorious Achievement for continued service to the mission of the American Heart Association as national chairman of the Corporate Relations Review Committee.

Coletta is a longtime You're the Cure advocate and currently serves on the organization's Louisiana State Advocacy Committee.  Known for her facilitation skills and collaborative style, she is a coalition builder and articulate leader.  From Capitol Hill to the State House, Coletta has provided leadership in advocacy through strategy formulation, development of legislation and maintains ongoing dialogue with congressional and state delegations, as well as members of the administration and other key officials.