2017 Women, Words & Wisdom Guest Speaker
Nicole Thomas

Nicole Thomas, FACHE, is Hospital President of Baptist Medical Center South, the first female to be named a hospital president in Baptist Health’s 61-year history. She is responsible for the operational and strategic direction of the second largest community hospital in the health system.

Previously, Thomas had executive responsibility for Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, a partnership between Baptist Health and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, designed to transform oncology care in Jacksonville and the Southeastern United States. She also led the development of the Baptist Neurological Institute, which provides sub-specialty care in Neurology and Neurosurgery including the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center and the Minimally Invasive Spine Center.

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 healthcare 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.  

She is active in our community, most recently serving as the Chair of Women in Local Leadership for the United Way of Northeast Florida. She is a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board of the Northeast Florida Area Command and the Jacksonville Women’s Network. A 2013 graduate of Leadership Jacksonville, Thomas was named a Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal in 2014, and received a Women in Business Award in 2015 from the Jacksonville Women’s Network.