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Warner Thomas

President & CEO
Ochsner Health System

Warner Thomas is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ochsner Health, one of the nation’s leading health systems and Louisiana’s largest clinically integrated, non-profit academic health system. Mr. Thomas has directed Ochsner’s growth and leadership in value-based care and delivery system innovation, providing a comprehensive range of services through its network of 40 hospitals and nearly 300 total sites of care throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. Ochsner offers a wide array of nationally ranked services with its 4,500 affiliated physicians, including more than 1,900 employed physicians practicing in over 90 specialties and subspecialties; and 34,000 employees, serving more than one million individual patients each year from all 50 states and more than 70 countries.

Under Thomas’ leadership, Ochsner has expanded access to care in Louisiana and the Gulf South and has also become a national and global destination for healthcare. Some of this has been accomplished in partnership with other strong healthcare organizations and provides the opportunity for Ochsner to scale patient-centered technology and other solutions to bring advanced care closer to home. More recently, Ochsner has launched a major initiative to raise Louisiana’s overall health ranking among U.S. states from 49th to 40th by 2030. In collaboration with leaders and organizations across the state, this strategy includes major investments designed to eliminate barriers to healthcare in underserved urban and rural communities; utilize technology and innovation to improve outcomes; collaborate with academic partners to research and better understand health disparities; and expand educational programs and scholarships to develop Louisiana’s next generation of healthcare providers.

Thomas’s work has also enabled Ochsner to develop national award-winning programs that empower patients to effectively manage chronic conditions while also maintaining focus on preventive measures, health screenings and education to help people stay well and avoid preventable disease. Further, he envisioned and launched innovationOchsner in 2015, an innovation lab designed to create health advancements to address national issues including chronic disease, as well as to support and partner with companies working to revolutionize patient-centered care. Internally, Thomas spearheaded the creation of the Ochsner Learning Institute as well as other professional education programs, providing Ochsner leaders with the tools and opportunities to confront challenges, seek opportunity and ignite enthusiasm around best practices in healthcare.

Mr. Thomas is a board member of the American Hospital Association and a member of Baylor Scott & White Holdings Board of Trustees. He is a former member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, served as Chairman of the American Hospital Association Section for Health Systems Governing Council and is a past member of the Board of the American Medical Group Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges Advisory Panel for Health Care and Council of Teaching Hospitals. He is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a former Louisiana Hospital Association board member.

Thomas received an undergraduate degree in accounting and computer information systems from New Hampshire College in Manchester, N.H., and his Master of Business Administration degree in 1994 from Boston University Graduate School of Management. He is also a certified public accountant. Thomas is a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award and the Anti-Defamation League 2018 A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award. He was named one of the Glassdoor Top CEOs in 2018 recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for 2019.