As Chief Operating Officer (COO), Gayla is responsible for driving operational excellence as the company continues to strengthen and grow its business to meet the evolving needs of our patients/families, employees, clients, and the community we serve. She will continue fostering an accountable environment throughout our organization, and she is an essential part of our success and our future. She is a proven, results-driven leader with a deep understanding of every aspect of our business. Gayla brings with her extensive insight on large scale operations, including twenty-five years in health care services, leadership, and management.
After earning an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Southwest Community College in Mississippi and a Bachelor’s in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix, Gayla began her career as a Registered Nurse for hospitals in Mississippi and Louisiana.
In the early 1990s she moved into management, gaining crucial experience with nurse staffing and field supervision, Medicare and Medicaid billing, overseeing clinical programs and employee education. She served as an instructor with a state-approved nursing assistant program and as Director of Nursing for a rehabilitation hospital.
From there, Gayla progressed to positions that included Administrator and Program Manager for long-term acute care centers. During that time she provided oversight of three hospital building projects. In a fomer position, Gayla was responsible for all daily operations for a two-campus LTAC health system in Louisiana. She also played a major role in obtaining Joint Commission accreditation for each campus. Gayla previously served as Vice President of Rehabilitative Operations & Restorative Services for The Carpenter Health Network.