don_stellyDonald D. Stelly, who has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of LHC Group since June 2009 and has been with the Lafayette-based home health provider since 2005, has been promoted to president.

The Port Barre native, who retains his duties as COO, replaces Keith Myers as president. Myers, the company’s chief executive officer and chairman of the board, reassumed the position of president in August 2009 when then-president John Indest’s responsibilities were restructured at his request. Indest stepped down as president and began serving as special adviser to CEO Myers. Indest continues to serve on the company’s board of directors and as chair of its Quality Committee, according to the company’s website.

Stelly joined LHC Group in April 2005 after serving as CEO at Doctor’s Hospital, a subsidiary of Brentwood, Tennessee-based LifePoint Hospitals Inc. Stelly’s career at Doctor's also included stints as COO and Chief Nursing Officer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UL Lafayette in 1991.

The latest management change comes amid a Securities and Exchange Commission probe into LHC Group's and other home health providers' billing practices. The company maintains it is cooperating fully in the investigation.

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