Today, the University Medical Center Management Corporation, the governing board for University Medical Center (University Medical Center) New Orleans, announced the appointment of Jack Andonie, MD, to the board.
“We’re very fortunate that Dr. Andonie has agreed to serve on our board,” said University Medical Center President & CEO Bill Masterton. “His healthcare experience, dedication to the community and compassion will be a tremendous asset to our organization.”
Dr. Andonie is a fellow of The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a former Clinical Professor in the LSU School of Medicine OB/GYN Department, was the first obstetrician/gynecologist to perform a C/Section with an Epidural in Louisiana in the 1960s.
Now retired, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Chateau du Notre Dame, and Board Chair of Hotel Hope, a rehabilitation facility in New Orleans for homeless mothers and their children. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Spirit of Charity Foundation, formerly the Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation.
“I trained at Big Charity and received a fantastic education, so I loved that hospital and everything it stood for,” Dr. Andonie said. “I see that spirt reflected in the compassionate and quality care that is taking place now at University Medical Center and want to do what I can to help the team there be able to continue that mission.”
Dr. Andonie is a former Chairman of the Board to both the LSU Board of Supervisors (1988-1989), the LSU Health Science Center Foundation (2010-2012) and the National Board of Directors for the LSU Alumni Association, a role he held for nearly 25 years. Prior to fulfilling those roles, he served on the Board of Directors for LSU Health Science Center Healthcare Network and the Health Education Authority of Louisiana.
He was named a “Healthcare Hero” by City Business in 2016.
He has served on many committees and boards within the Archdiocese of New Orleans including: Catholic Charities, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, St. Vincent de Paul, Pontifical Mission Society, the Catholic Foundation, Rebuild Center, Serra Club, Ozanam Inn, Closer Walk Ministries, Family Life Apostolate, WLAE, CRISTO SANA and Chateau de Notre Dame. In the Greater New Orleans area and Baton Rouge, he has served with Goodwill Institute Hospice, United Way and several other entities at LSU.
He founded a free clinic for women in Granada, Nicaragua and also established the first dental clinic at Ozanam Inn. His desire to serve others, especially those less fortunate, can be traced to his childhood. “My family and I were very poor in my youth, so I’m humbled and grateful to be able to give back to those in need.”
Dr. Andonie is the husband of Pricilla Andonie. Together, they have three children: Jacquelyn, Patrick and Jon.
About University Medical Center New Orleans
Opened in August 2015, University Medical Center New Orleans is the academic medical center of LCMC Health, a Louisiana-based, not-for-profit health system. University Medical Center New Orleans serves as a key partner of LSU Health Science Center New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine and other academic institutions. University Medical Center is home to the Rev. Avery C. Alexander Academic Research Hospital, named in honor of the respected Civil Rights and community leader who served in the Louisiana Legislature for more than 20 years.