President and Chief Executive Officer
On September 1, 2012, Warner Thomas assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Ochsner Health System. As CEO, Mr. Thomas is responsible for the overall strategic growth and development of the Health System. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer since joining Ochsner in 1998.
Thomas brings to Ochsner ten years of administrative expertise in management, finance, operations and strategic planning. Prior to Ochsner, he served as President/CEO of Foundation Medical Partners, Inc., a multi-specialty physician group subsidiary of the Southern New Hampshire Health System in Nashua, NH.
Thomas received his Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1994 from Boston University Graduate School of Management, and an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from New Hampshire College in Manchester, NH. Thomas is a Certified Public Accountant, a Fellow in The American College of Healthcare Executives, Chairman of the American Hospital Association Section for Health Care Systems Governing Council, a board member of Healthy Lifestyle Choices, and a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and New Orleans Business Council.
Ochsner is an eight-hospital, non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system dedicated to patient care, research and education. The system also includes a sub-acute facility, and over 38 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana. Ochsner employs over 850 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 ongoing clinical research trials annually. The hospital has been named a in the top 50 hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 11 specialties and named a top 100 hospital by Thomson Reuters as well as a top 15 academic medical center.
Additionally, Ochsner operates one of the country’s largest, independently accredited graduate medical education programs, offering training to over 200 interns, residents and fellows in 17 independently Ochsner-sponsored programs. Ochsner jointly sponsors 4 programs with LSU and Tulane offering training to an additional 100 residents. Also, approximately 500 unique medical students complete over 700 student months of training at Ochsner for core 3rd and 4th year elective training.