The American Hospital Association has elected eight new members to its board of trustees for three-year terms, beginning Jan. 1, 2021. The board of trustees is the highest policymaking body of the AHA and has ultimate authority for the governance and management of its directions and finances. Warner Thomas, president and CEO of Ochsner Health, was named as one of the new trustees.
Prior to his current role, Thomas served as COO of Ochsner and COO of Ochsner Clinic Foundation.
Under Thomas’s leadership, Ochsner has expanded access to care in Louisiana and the Gulf South as well as become a national and global destination for healthcare. Ochsner Health is committed to supporting the growing and unique needs of the communities it serves and providing specialty services where and when patients need it. Some of this is accomplished in partnership with other strong healthcare organizations across the Gulf South, providing the opportunity for Ochsner to scale patient-centered technology and other solutions to bring advanced care closer to home.
Thomas is a member of the Louisiana Hospital Association board of directors, a former member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, and a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges Advisory Panel for Healthcare. He earned a bachelor’s degree from New Hampshire College and a master’s in business administration from Boston University.