Ochsner Health names new River Region Chief Operating Officer

Published 7:28 am Wednesday, February 1, 2023

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NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Health recently named Thomas Rhodes chief operating officer (COO) of the River Region overseeing Ochsner facilities in Kenner, LaPlace, Destrehan and Luling. Rhodes hails from Houston, Texas, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in healthcare.

“I am excited to welcome Thomas to our organization,” said Stephen Robinson, Jr., chief executive officer, Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner and the River Region. “His experience and expertise in operations and healthcare makes him well-positioned to lead our teams.”

With 13 years of leadership experience, Rhodes began his healthcare career as a member of the critical care transport team at Texas Medical Center. Throughout his career he has held various roles including pulmonary service line director, director of rehab services, director of operations and system chair of the pulmonary council for Houston Methodist Hospital System. Most recently, Rhodes was responsible for hospital operations at Houston Methodist West and Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospitals.

“Joining Ochsner Health is truly an honor. I am thrilled to work with my extraordinary colleagues in continuing Ochsner’s vision of inspiring healthier lives and stronger communities,” said Rhodes.

As COO, Rhodes will oversee operations and play a vital role in the strategic direction of Ochsner River Region. Rhodes earned a master of science degree in healthcare administration from Texas Tech University and a bachelor of science in clinic services management from Texas Tech Health Science Center in Lubbock, Texas. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served as an advisory board member for Houston Community College, PIMA Medical Institute and Texas Southern University.