Memorial Healthcare System Announces Management Changes

Friday, March 15, 2013 2:21 pm EDT


Hollywood, Fla.

Memorial Healthcare System has recently promoted two of its top female executives and welcomed a new administrator and chief executive officer to the South Broward Hospital District. Nina Beauchesne, FACHE, formerly administrator for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, has been promoted to senior vice president at Memorial Healthcare System. Chantal Leconte, FACHE, formerly administrator and chief executive officer of Memorial Hospital Pembroke, is now the new chief executive officer for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, and newcomer Keith Gallagher, FACHE, a retired brigadier general, joins Memorial Hospital Pembroke as its new administrator and chief executive officer.

Nina Beauchesne, FACHE

In her new role, Beauchesne is responsible for the Memorial Physician Group, including adult and pediatric employed physicians and their support staff; the Memorial Health Network; Memorial Healthcare System Business Development and Physician Relations; South Broward Community Health Services and all strategic initiatives for the healthcare system that involve physicians.

Beauchesne has been with Memorial Healthcare System for more than two decades, and she is credited for being the driving force behind Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital’s growth of services, medical staff and geographical reach within the Tri-County area and regional markets. Under her direction, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital completed the design, construction and opening of its newly expanded, freestanding facility, which opened in July, 2011, and is staffed by a team of over 650 specialists.

Beauchesne earned dual master’s degrees in business and health sciences from the University of Florida in Gainesville and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University in Atlanta.  She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Chantal Leconte, FACHE

Leconte has been administrator and chief executive officer of Memorial Hospital Pembroke in Pembroke Pines, Fla., since March 2012. She replaces Beauchesne as the new chief executive officer for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Administrator, Pediatric Services, Memorial Healthcare System.  Leconte is no stranger to the Children’s Hospital, having served as assistant administrator for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital under Beauchesne’s leadership from February 2011 to March 2012 – prior to her transition to Memorial Hospital Pembroke.

Leconte has more than 35 years of healthcare experience in various roles from several clinical positions, ranging from nursing manager to hospital CEO.  Prior to joining Memorial Healthcare System, Chantal held other executive positions, working as the administrator of Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge, in Central Florida, and chief operating officer (COO) of Coral Springs Medical Center, in Coral Springs, Fla. In addition, she has more than 15 years with Cleveland Clinic in various roles from nursing manager to COO of the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, Fla.

She holds a master’s degree in business with honors from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.  She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. and a nursing degree from Queensborough Community College in Bayside, NY. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). 

Keith Gallagher, FACHE

Gallagher joins Memorial Healthcare System as administrator and chief executive officer of Memorial Hospital Pembroke, following a 34-year career in the Armed Forces where he retired at the rank of brigadier general. Most recently, he had been with the U.S. Army as the chief executive officer of Pacific Regional Medical Command and chief executive officer of Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.  In that role, his responsibilities included management of multiple physician medical groups in an academic teaching medical center both nationally and internationally. 

Throughout his career, Gallagher served as chief executive officer of multiple medical facilities in peacetime and combat, building strong teams and effective systems management in the tertiary medical centers, community medicine and tactical organizations. During his tour in Iraq, he facilitated the institutionalization of trauma care on the battlefield, documentation, and care flow designs that improved the care and practice guidelines for medical care, evacuation and survivability. 

Gallagher earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration with honors from Baylor University and a Master of Arts, specializing in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in science with a concentration in biology from Augusta State University in Augusta, Ga.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and earned the “A” Proficiency Designation from the Army Surgeon General. 

Memorial Healthcare System is the fifth-largest public healthcare system in the country. It is a national leader in quality care and patient satisfaction and is ranked on Modern Healthcare magazine’s list of Best Places to Work in Healthcare. Its facilities include Memorial Regional Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital South, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke and Memorial Manor nursing home. For more information, visit