A New Orleans native who has spent the past decade working for the state health department has been hired to serve as the new head of the New Orleans East Hospital.

Dr. Takeisha Davis will take over as CEO of the 80-bed hospital on Jan. 11, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Monday.

Davis is director of the state’s Center for Community and Preventable Health and medical director and assistant state health officer for the Office of Public Health. She earned a doctorate of medicine from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University, Landrieu’s office said.

In a statement, Landrieu described Davis as a “leader who can manage and nurture the culture of NOEH so that it becomes a catalyst for growth in New Orleans East.”

“With exceptional knowledge of the healthcare industry and roots in New Orleans, Dr. Davis is uniquely positioned to serve in this role,” Landrieu said in the statement.

The $130 million hospital opened in July 2014 to provide healthcare services to residents of New Orleans East, Gentilly and the Lower 9th Ward.

Last year, its former leader, Dr. Mario Garner, left the hospital for a new job at Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital in Texas. Charlotte Parent, director of the city’s Health Department, has served as the hospital’s interim CEO.

In her new role, Davis will work for LCMC Health — the company that operates the hospital — and report to the 13-member board Orleans Parish Hospital Service District A board.

That board’s chairman, Ronald Burns Sr., said Davis “shares the board’s vision to ensure accessible, full-service healthcare” for the area’s residents.

At the state health department, Davis is responsible for overseeing nine regional offices and 68 parish health units. She is also a clinical assistant professor at Tulane Medical School and an adjunct assistant professor at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

The New Orleans East Hospital offers primary and pediatric care as well as surgical services in both inpatient and outpatient settings.