METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - After 15 years serving as president and CEO of East Jefferson General Hospital Dr. Mark Peters announced his retirement.
"In mid-January of this year, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and began treatment here at East Jefferson," said Dr. Peters. "I wish to thank everyone for their kind words and many prayers. This means so much to me and my family. However, I must devote all of my time and effort to my health and my family, and will be retiring from East Jefferson effective March 16, 2017. I retire knowing our patients are in the best of hands."
Dr. Peters led the hospital through its recovery from Hurricane Katrina. It was one of just three hospitals open and operating after the disaster struck in August 2005.
"Dr. Peters has led East Jefferson General Hospital through the most turbulent times in our industry. And he has done so with a deep sense of purpose and diplomacy not found very often these days," Dr. Jeffrey Sketchler, Chief of the EJGH Medical Staff said.
Dr. Peters is also credited with sealing the partnership with MD Anderson. EJGH became an affiliate of the Houston-based cancer care leader in 2008. In 2013, a multimillion dollar expansion helped triple patient capacity.