Home nursing provider LHC Group, Lafayette, La., said Donald Stelly was promoted to COO, effective immediately. Until recently, Stelly, who joined the company in April 2005, had served as senior vice president of operations. He had been managing the LHC Groups day-to-day operations since 2008, according to Eric Elliott, a spokesman for the company. John Indest, who had served as COO since 2001, will remain president of LHC Group. The promotion is part of a succession process at the company, which had been preparing Stelly, 40, for the role, Elliott said. It will also allow Indest, 57, to focus on planning and other areas, such as overseeing compliance issues and the companys joint ventures.