Nicole Thomas, MHA, FACHE
Hospital President, Baptist Medical Center South
Nicole Thomas, FACHE, is hospital president of Baptist Medical Center South, the first female to be named a hospital president in Baptist Health history. She is responsible for the operational and strategic direction of the second-largest hospital in the health system.
Previously, Thomas had executive responsibility for Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baptist Neurological Institute. She has been named one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare and one of 50 great African Americans in healthcare to know by Becker’s Hospital Review.
A fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Thomas joined Baptist Health in 2011 as vice president of Operations and Specialty Services. Prior to that, she served as assistant vice president of Physician Operations for St. Luke's Episcopal Health System in Houston, and as an operations administrator at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville.
Thomas earned a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds a bachelor’s degree in public health administration from Dillard University in New Orleans.
Thomas was recently honored by the Northeast Florida Girl Scout Council as one of its Women of Distinction for 2018. She is a member of the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Jacksonville branch. Thomas has been named a Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal, a Woman with Heart by Volunteers in Medicine and received the Women in Business Award from the Jacksonville Women’s Network. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and a past chair of Women in Local Leadership for the United Way of Northeast Florida.