North Oaks Health System’s Steven Ceulemans selected to lead health district 

    Steven Ceulemans has been tapped to serve as executive director of the Baton Rouge Health District, filling the role vacated late last year by Suzy Sonnier, the district announced today.

    In his new role, Ceulemans—who most recently oversaw all laboratory services for North Oaks Health System in Hammond—will focus on economic development by recruiting new health care and biotech companies to Baton Rouge, as well as fostering clinical collaboration among health district members and greater connectivity to the city’s Healthy BR initiative.

    Furthermore, Ceulemans will lead the continued implementation of the health district’s strategic plan, including the construction of the key Constantine Boulevard corridor that will provide access to local critical care facilities and mitigate traffic congestion in the area. He’ll also work with local leaders on plans for road improvements and commercial projects, sharing ideas for connecting parks and walking paths.

    Prior to North Oaks, Ceulemans held several other roles within the health care industry, including: chief business officer for CytoBioscience, a San Antonio-based provider of biotechnology drug development and safety testing products and services; vice president of technology and innovation for the Birmingham Business Alliance; and commercialization director for the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, a technology incubator serving growing life science technology companies in partnership with local universities and health systems.

    The Belgium native also holds a Doctor of Science degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, along with two master’s degrees—one in biochemistry and molecular biology from LSU Health Sciences Center, and one in international business and management from VLEKHO Business School in Brussels.

    Spearheaded by BRAF, the health district is an initiative of FuturEBR, the city-parish master plan approved by the Metro Council in 2011. News of the appointment comes early, as BRAF Executive Vice President John Spain previously told Daily Report to expect an announcement in August.

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