WK Buildings Named for James K. Elrod
William J. Cole (from left), member of Willis- Knighton Board of Trustees, Jaf Fielder, Willis-Knighton president and CEO, and Frank B. Hughes (right), MD, chairman of the board, present James K. Elrod with a resolution renaming the WK Rehabilitation Institute and the WK Innovation Center in his honor. Elrod retired Sept. 30 after 56 years as Willis- Knighton’s president and CEO.
The WK Rehabilitation Institute will now be named the James K. Elrod WK Rehabilitation Institute.
The WK Innovation Center will now be named the James K. Elrod WK Innovation Center.
The Board of Trustees of Willis-Knighton unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday renaming the WK Innovation Center and WK Rehabilitation Institute the James K. Elrod WK Innovation Center and the James K. Elrod WK Rehabilitation Institute.
Elrod retired Sept. 30 after 56 years as president and CEO of Willis-Knighton Health System and was the longest-tenured hospital administrator in the country. He has been named president emeritus and remains on the board. Under Elrod’s innovative and visionary leadership, the health system grew from a single hospital – Willis-Knighton Medical Center – to the largest health system in the region with four acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation institute, an innovation center, a senior residential community and a physician network with hundreds of primary and specialty providers.
The rehabilitation institute (formerly Doctors Hospital) and innovation center (formerly Bossier Medical Center) were developed as the result of Elrod’s innovative repurposing of two abandoned hospital buildings to become integral parts of the health system’s operations.
The board cited Elrod’s focus on enhancing health-care services for Shreveport/Bossier and surrounding areas, which has brought national recognition to the health system and enhanced the image of our community and our economy as a health-care referral center.
The James K. Elrod WK Innovation Center, 2105 Airline Drive, Bossier City, showcases the innovation of the Willis- Knighton Health System. It features a virtual hospital that recreates real-life situations for training medical, nursing and allied health professionals, allowing them to hone their skills in a virtual environment. The Talbot Medical Museum, open by appointment, focuses on the history of medicine in the region, spanning more than 150 years.
The James K. Elrod WK Rehabilitation Institute, 1111 Line Ave., offers inpatient care for physical and behavioral rehabilitation and outpatient physical therapy services and is also home to the health system’s outpatient dialysis service.