CEO Warner Thomas: Ready to Increase Ochsner Health System's Global Influence

Warner Thomas, CPA, MBA, FACHE, has served as president and CEO of Ochsner Health System in New Orleans since September 2012. He joined the system in 1998 as president and COO.

Prior to starting his career at Ochsner, Mr. Thomas served as president and CEO of Foundation Medical Partners, a multispecialty physician group subsidiary of Nashua, N.H.-based Southern New Hampshire Health System.

Beyond impacting the healthcare community in Louisiana, Mr. Thomas has said Ochsner may strive to make more of an impact overseas. "We have lots of capabilities that we can export to help people take better care of patients locally in other countries," he said in a video released by Ochsner Health. "You'll see more international activities in the Ochsner portfolio of activities over the next several years."

In recognition of his years of healthcare leadership excellence, Becker's Hospital Review named him to its 2012 list of 300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.

Outside of leading the eight-hospital system, Mr. Thomas spends time bettering the community. He has served as chairman of the American Hospital Association Section for Health Care Systems Governing Council, serves as a board member of Healthy Lifestyle Choices and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and the New Orleans Business Council.

Mr. Thomas earned his MBA from the Boston University Graduate School of Management.

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