President and Chief Executive Officer
Warner Thomas assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Ochsner Health System on September 1, 2012, directing the development of one of the leading health systems in the nation. Mr. Thomas served as Ochsner’s President and Chief Operating Officer for the previous 14 years and played an instrumental role in stabilizing and expanding healthcare services in the region following Hurricane Katrina. In the years since the storm, Ochsner has grown to become the largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty healthcare system in southeast Louisiana serving patients from throughout the region, all 50 states, and more than 70 countries.
Mr. Thomas has also focused on engaging and inspiring Ochsner’s more than 14,000 physicians and employees to deliver exceptional patient care. Further, he has implemented industry best practices through innovative partnerships with major companies such as General Electric, developing the rigor required to successfully operate Ochsner’s integrated healthcare delivery system. In addition, Mr. Thomas was the driving force in the creation of the Ochsner Learning Institute, which provides free professional education for all Ochsner leaders to better prepare them to confront challenges, seek opportunity, and generate enthusiasm around best practices in healthcare.
Mr. Thomas was the Chairman of the American Hospital Association Section for Health Systems Governing Council in 2012, served on the Board of the American Medical Group Association, and is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges Advisory Panel for Health Care and Council of Teaching Hospitals. He is also the immediate past Chairman and a member of the Board of the Metropolitan Hospital Council of New Orleans, serves on the Board of The Idea Village, is a member of the New Orleans Business Council and Young Presidents Organization, and Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
As a healthcare industry leader, Mr. Thomas was one of the keynote speakers at the 2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Annual Conference, where he offered remarks on the importance of information systems innovation to improve the coordination and delivery of care. He also addressed the General Electric Board of Directors, American College of Healthcare Executives, Health Management Academy CEO Forum, and other healthcare, business, and civic organizations on a wide array subjects, including physician leadership and governance, management of the physician group practice, making high quality healthcare affordable, disaster planning, and economic and community development.
Prior to joining Ochsner in 1998, Mr. Thomas served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Foundation Medical Partners, Inc., a multi-specialty physician group subsidiary of the Southern New Hampshire Health System. He received a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Boston University Graduate School of Management, an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from New Hampshire College, and was a Certified Public Accountant.