Nicole B. Thomas honored with Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare Award from Modern Healthcare
March 4, 2020
Nicole B. Thomas, hospital president of Baptist Medical Center South in Jacksonville, was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the nation's Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare in 2020.
Thomas is the first female and African American to serve as a hospital president at Baptist Health, currently overseeing Baptist South, the second-largest hospital in the health system.
After joining Baptist Health in 2011, Thomas successfully led a range of comprehensive programs and initiatives, including the launch of the Baptist Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center in 2013 and the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center partnership in 2015.
Since her appointment as hospital president of Baptist South in 2016, she has led a $130 million expansion plan that has included more than a dozen campus projects, including an
8-story patient tower, a 1,200-space parking garage and a four-story, 100,000-square-foot medical office building for physicians and outpatient services.
In addition to her responsibilities as hospital president, Thomas helped launch the African-American Steering Committee, which offers advice and direction on ways to improve opportunities and retention for African-American team members.
Thomas attended the only magnet high school for health professions in Houston and graduated magna cum laude from Dillard University, a historically black college in New Orleans. She earned a master's degree in health care administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a minority merit scholar and a recipient of an Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management scholarship.
Modern Healthcare's biennial award honors the top minority health care executives who are influencing the policy and care delivery models across the country. In doing so, they are also highlighting the continued need to nurture diversity in our organizations.
The profiles of all the winners are featured on Modern Healthcare’s website: ModernHealthcare.com/Top25Minorities.