St. Martin Hospital CEO Katie Hebert has been appointed to the board of the Louisiana Emergency Response Network, a state agency whose responsibilities include coordinating care in natural disasters and large-scale emergencies.

Hebert was nominated by the Rural Hospital Coalition to represent hospitals with fewer than 60 beds. Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed her to serve on the 28-member board.

“I am honored to represent small hospitals and the people they care for across Louisiana on the LERN board,” Hebert said in a news release.

She said she hopes to draw from her experience over the years working in small hospitals to provide insights on the challenges facing such facilities and their concerns when it comes to improving care and being prepared for emergency situations.

Hebert, who has worked as an administrator with Lafayette General Health since 2007, also serves on the boards for United Way of Acadiana and the Rural Hospital Coalition.

She started her career in the health care industry in Acadiana in 1989 and has been CEO at St. Martin Hospital in Breaux Bridge since 2010. She earned her master’s degree in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation from LSU and her bachelor’s degree from the then-University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

LERN is responsible for development and maintenance of a statewide system of care coordination for patients suddenly stricken by serious traumatic injury or time-sensitive illness, according to the agency’s website.