Nicole Thomas

Hospital President,
Baptist Medical Center South

Nicole Thomas, FACHE, is Hospital President of Baptist Medical Center South, the first woman and African American to be named a hospital president in Baptist Health’s 64-year history. She is responsible for the operational and strategic direction of the second largest community hospital in the health system.  Baptist South is a 320 bed acute care hospital with 1,400 team members and revenues of $350M. She also serves as Chair of the Baptist Health Transformation Cabinet, leading a group of 10 health system leaders charged with oversight and monitoring of the Baptist Health 5 year strategic plan.  

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, serving on the Federal Reserve Bank – Jacksonville Board of Directors, the Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Board associated with the American Heart Association, on the OneJax Board of Directors, on the Senior Advisory Council of the Florida Chapter of National Association of Health Services Executives, on the Hicks Honors College Advisory Council at UNF, on the Tiger Academy Board of Directors and is a teacher in the Children’s Ministry at The Bethel Church.  She is also a supporter of United Way of Northeast Florida, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Dillard University School of Public Health Community Advisory Board.  Thomas is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville.  Her awards include being recognized twice as one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare (2018 and 2020), a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Northeast Florida, Woman with Heart by Volunteers in Medicine, a Women in Business Award recipient from the Jacksonville Women’s Network, a Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal, the American College of Healthcare Executives 2019 Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regents Award and the 2020 Jacksonville Image Award in the Pinnacle category.  

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