Dr. Mark James Peters, 66, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2019, at home with his family in Metairie, Louisiana. Mark was born in Dayton, Ohio, and grew up in Tipp City, Ohio, where he later served many years as a family practice physician.
Recently, Mark held a 15-year tenure as CEO of East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana. After joining the hospital as medical director in 2000, and later promoted to CEO, Mark served the East Jefferson community, team members, medical staff, foundation and auxiliary until his stage IV pancreatic cancer diagnosis in 2017. Most recently, Mark held the position of chief medical officer for United Healthcare-Gulf States Region.
Mark arrived in New Orleans after serving as chief medical officer/vice president of medical services at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, Ohio.
A graduate of Tippecanoe High School and Valparaiso University, Mark played basketball with distinction for Tippecanoe and the Valparaiso Crusaders, where he earned a basketball scholarship and studied pre-med. Later, Mark earned a medical degree from The Ohio State University in 1978 and was named 1979 intern of the year and 1981 chief resident by Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Mark later earned accreditation as a certified physician executive (CPE).
Mark was a beloved husband, father, stepfather and “Poppi” to three sons and two grandchildren. Mark leaves behind his wife, Kimberly Pfister Peters, sons (mother Jennifer Grim Peters) James Peters (wife Lyndsay, grandsons Jack and Benjamin), Bradley Peters (wife Whitney Peters) and stepson Cole Radetich (father Ray Radetich) He is welcomed to heaven by his parents James Harold Peters and Janet Leora Ely, both of Dayton, Ohio. He is the brother of Matthew Peters (Jill), Christopher Peters (Kari), and sisters Lora Heddleston (George), Liana Tinsley (Kevin) and Lisa Kiger (David) as well as 10 nieces and nephews. He is brother-in-law to Jerry Pfister, Jr. (Paula), Kerry Naquin (Kevin) as well as four nieces and nephews. Mark’s in-laws are Jerry and Alice Pfister. Visitation will be held Friday, August 23, at 10., at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church located at 105 Bonnabel Blvd, Metairie, Louisiana, 70005. Funeral mass will begin at 12 p.m. Flowers accepted, or consider making a donation to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church