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James Elrod (2018)

Louisiana Legends Gala



Genre: Awards

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2018-05-20

Duration: 00:07:56

Subjects: Elrod, James K. | Willis-Knighton Health System | Health Care | Hospitals


  • Denison, John Host
  • Perry, Brad Interviewee
  • Sale, Richard Interviewee
  • Hughes, Frank B. Interviewee
  • Simpkins, Elaine Interviewee
  • Elrod, James K. Speaker


This segment from the 2018 Louisiana Legends Gala features a profile and speech by James Elrod accepting his recognition as a Louisiana Legend. Elrod, a native of Port Neches, Texas, has served as the CEO of the Willis-Knighton Health System in Shreveport since 1965. Elrod holds the distinction as the longest-tenured hospital administrator in the United States. His profile includes interviews with: Brad Perry, associate chaplain at Willis-Knighton; Richard Sale, longtime friend; Dr. Frank B. Hughes, chairman of the board of trustees; and Elaine Simpkins, a member of the board of trustees. Host: John Denison