Donna Fraiche

Chair, Woman's Hospital

Donna D. Fraiche is currently Senior Counsel and member of the health care and public
policy practice group and opened the New Orleans and Baton Rouge offices of Baker, Donelson,
Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz (“BDBCB”). She formerly chaired its Nominating Committee and
Women’s Initiative Committee. She currently serves as a Chair of the Governance and Nominating
and Compensation Committees and on the Boards of three publicly traded stock exchange listed
companies, including a national senior living health care company. She began in the private practice
of law in 1975 and has continuously handled primarily matters and controversies arising out of the
health care arena and has handled complex public policy issues.


Ms. Fraiche is currently on the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance
representing Woman’s Hospital as trustee and working on national health care public policy and
advocacy. Ms. Fraiche was named New Orleans Health Care Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in
America in 2011. She is the former Chair of the Louisiana Health Care Commission and served on the
Louisiana Legislature’s Task Force on the Working Uninsured. She is Chair of the Board of Woman’s
Hospital. She served as the first woman president of the American Health Lawyers Association
(“AHLA”) and was chosen for the first class of Fellows of the AHLA. She presented at the AHLA’s
2011 Medicaid Institute, chaired its first Medical Staff Legal Issues Conference and was honored by
AHLA in 2017 by being featured in an oral history video of the organization.


Ms. Fraiche was appointed the Honorary Consul-General of Japan for New Orleans in 2008
and re-appointed in 2013.


Ms. Fraiche’s practice has been concentrated in the representation of both medical licensed
professionals and health systems in matters ranging from peer review, credentialing, disciplinary
hearings, and transactions to general advice on litigation, regulatory proceedings as well as strategic
development. She has served as counsel on numerous hearings and on all sides of issues. She has
completed the AHLA Dispute Resolution Course Mediating Health Care Controversies.


Ms. Fraiche has been selected for inclusion in Chambers as an outstanding Health Care
attorney and as a Louisiana Super Lawyer for the past decade. She was named a top lawyer in
Government Relations and Health Care by New Orleans Magazine for a number of years. In 2000, she
spoke at the ABA Healthlaw Section Meeting in London. She served on The Joint Commission’s
Leadership Accountabilities Task Force and presented at the National Conference on Quality and
Safety in Health Care. Nightingale’s Healthcare News named her as one of ten Outstanding Hospital
Lawyers in the United States in 2005 and as an Outstanding Physician Fraud and Compliance Lawyer
in 2009.


Ms. Fraiche’s work in the field of Disaster Recovery began through a gubernatorial
appointment and a charter member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, where she chaired its Long
Term Community Planning effort, and served on its Health Care Committee and Health Care Redesign
Collaborative. She served as Chair of the Louisiana Office of State Planning Task Force. She
appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Ad Hoc
Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and testified during a hearing entitled, “GAO’s Analysis of the
Gulf Coast Recovery.” She appeared as a panelist on the LPB-TV series Louisiana Public Square
entitled “Health Care Reform: A Louisiana Perspective” and at The Justice Revius O. Ortique, Jr.
Symposium on Law, Politics, Civil Rights, and Justice at Southern University Law Center on the topic
of “Health of a Nation: Is Health Insurance a Right or a Privilege” and “If Health Care is a Legal
Right, How Will it be Legally Enforced?” Ms. Fraiche has appeared before the Joint Economic
Committee of Congress testifying at a hearing entitled “Structure of the Hospital Industry in the 21st
Century.”


She is President of the Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society and served as President of
the Louisiana Bar Foundation and Louisiana Appleseed. She is the President and Chair of the Board of
the Louisiana chapter of the International Women’s Forum. She is on the Boards of St. Andrew’s
Village; the Japanese Garden Foundation; and Baton Rouge Area Foundation, where she serves as
Secretary, on the Strategic Planning Committee and Investment Committee. She is currently a member
of the Plan of Government Committee of Baton Rouge City Parish to advise on re-writing the
governance charter.


Ms. Fraiche was Chair of the Board of Trustees of Loyola University in New Orleans and
delivered the commencement address at the Law School. She served as President of the World Trade
Center, Chair of the Board of the New Orleans Regional Medical Center, and was on the adjunct
faculty of Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Administration as a preceptor for the
residency program in health systems management. She has been a guest speaker on health law topics
at the LSU Law Center. She served as Chair of the Legal Committee of the United Way; as a charter
founder of the Women’s Leadership Initiative and on its nominating committee.


In 2017, she received the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Distinguished Attorney award. She has
also received the Esprit de Femme Award from the Louisiana State University Women’s Center and
the Weiss Award from the New Orleans Council for Community and Justice (NOCCJ). She was
recognized by the Louisiana State Bar Association with its Friend of Pro Bono Award. The Baton
Rouge Business Report designated her as an Influential Women in Business. She received the
Distinguished Leadership Award from the Louisiana Chapter of the American Planners Association;
the Louisiana Association of Non-profit Organizations’ Heroine Award; and was inducted into the
Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. Loyola University New Orleans presented her with its
Integritas Vitae award, the University’s highest honor and she received the St. Philippine Duchesne
award from the Academy of the Sacred Heart.


Other awards include Family Service of Greater New Orleans’ 10 Most Outstanding People;
the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce’s highest honor as Vice Chair for Public Policy; the
Gillis Long Public Service Award from Loyola University College of Law; the prestigious Order of
the Mark of the World Trade Center; the President’s Award from the New Orleans Bar Association.
She is a graduate of the Council for a Better Louisiana’s 2005 Leadership Louisiana program. She was
chosen as 2005 Volunteer Activist by the St. Elizabeth Guild and a recipient of Dress for Success and
the Young Leadership Council’s Role Model award.


Ms. Fraiche is married to a Physician leader, Dr. John F. Fraiche, with two physician children
and a number of grandchildren.

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