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Hood Hospital appoints Piper, Rogers to leadership roles

Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 | Views: 2535

Hood Hospital appoints Piper, Rogers to leadership roles

AMITE---Hood Memorial Hospital has appointed April Piper as Human Resources Director, while longtime employee Jake Rogers has been promoted to Facilities Director of the hospital.

Piper has been named Human Resources Director of Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite effective this week. Both the Human Resources Certification Institute and Society for Human Resources Management recognize her as a certified Human Resources professional.

“We are excited to have April join our leadership team,” affirms Hood Memorial Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Mike Whittington. “She brings both a strong formal education and practical hands-on experience to this important role. I am confident that our employees, as well as our organizational performance and capabilities will benefit from her expertise.”

As Hood’s Human Resources Director, Piper will oversee all aspects of the hospital and Amite Rural Health Clinic’s employee services, including but not limited to personnel requisitions and recruitment, job applications and new hire processes, employee education, employee benefits and compensation, as well as employee wellness. She also will help to ensure compliance with accrediting agency standards and direct the development and implementation of marketing and public relations initiatives for the hospital and the rural health clinic.

With nearly a decade of human resources experience achieved, Piper comes to Hood from North Oaks Health System’s Employment Center, where she has served for over six years and quickly rose through the ranks to become Employee Services Lead in 2019. Prior roles included Employee Services Specialist for three years and Human Resources Generalist for two years with North Oaks, as well as Human Resources Assistant/Generalist with Elmer Chocolate in Ponchatoula for two years. Piper earned a Master’s degree in Human Resources through Capella University based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also holds both a bachelor’s degree in Management with a Human Resources concentration and a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management with an Information Systems concentration from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana.

The hospital's new Facilities Director is an Amite resident.

“Jake has worked diligently to advance his knowledge of facilities management,” asserts Hood Memorial Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Mike Whittington. “His sense of ownership and commitment to the organization make him a natural fit for the job and an integral part of our leadership team.”

Rogers, who has more than five years of experience working in plant operations at Hood, has served as the hospital’s facilities manager since 2019. He is certified as a health care physical environment worker through the American Society for Healthcare Engineering. Rogers also has completed professional trainings in the areas of leadership, water treatment, hazardous materials and disaster preparedness, life safety and environment of care standards of The Joint Commission, and health care facilities code training through the National Fire Protection Agency.

As Hood’s facilities director, Rogers will lead the activities of plant operations personnel, as well as the maintenance and upkeep of equipment and facilities to include the hospital and its full-service health care practice, Amite Rural Health Clinic. He also will serve as chairman of the Safety/Environment of Care Committee and oversee all emergency preparedness efforts.

Visit to learn more about and apply for employment opportunities with Hood Memorial Hospital and Amite Rural Health Clinic. You also may call (985) 748-9485.
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