Visionary Leadership

Warner Thomas

Warner Thomas
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ochsner Health System

On September 1, 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 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. 

Thomas announced leadership appointments designed to support his vision for the future:

  • Patrick Quinlan, MD, who has served as Ochsner’s CEO for 11 years, will become CEO, Ochsner Clinic Foundation and Ochsner International Services and Executive Director, Center for Community Wellness and Health Policy. The International Services department will focus on international business partnerships.
  • William Pinsky, MD, who is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Ochsner Health System, will continue in that position and also serve as Executive Vice President, Clinical Affairs International Business. 

  • Richard Milani, MD, FACC, FAHA, who is currently Vice Chairman, Department of Cardiology, will serve as Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Ochsner Health System.
  • Michael Hulefeld, who is currently CEO, Ochsner Medical Center and New Orleans Region, will now serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Ochsner Health System. 

  • Rob Wolterman, who is currently CEO, New Orleans Community Hospitals, will become CEO of Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner’s flagship hospital.
  • Mark Muller, who is currently System Vice President of Strategy, will serve as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development and will expand his leadership role to include International Business.

  • Dawn Pevey Mauk, BSN, MBA, RN, who is currently Chief Nursing Officer for the Baton Rouge region, will expand her responsibilities and serve as the new chairperson of the System Nursing Executive Council (SNEC).
  • Brad Goodson, who is currently CEO, Ochsner Baptist Medical Center, will serve in a newly-created System Vice President position focused on Ochsner’s pursuit of value and cost reduction initiatives.

  • Steven Deitelzweig, MD, who is currently System Chairman of Hospital Medicine, additionally will serve as Medical Director of Regional Business Development.
  • Amanda Jackson, MD, a pediatrician at Ochsner for Children, will now serve as Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, Ochsner Health System. 

  • Diedra Dias, who was Manager of Strategic Operations, will manage key strategic initiatives as Director, Office of Strategy Management.  

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