As President and CEO of Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic healthcare system, Warner Thomas is responsible for Ochsner Health System’s overall strategic growth and development. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Ochsner invested in the community by acquiring six hospitals and developing strategic partnerships and affiliations to grow its presence across Louisiana and the Gulf South. Thomas joined Ochsner in 1998 and served for 14 years as Ochsner’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
Thomas received his Master’s 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. He believes in setting industry best practices and forging innovative partnerships with major companies including General Electric. He spearheaded innovationOchsner to create future health innovations to revolutionize patient-centered care. In 2014, his expertise was nationally recognized through his appointment to advise Congress on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.