Ochsner Health names new River Region chief operating officer

Thomas Rhodes

Thomas Rhodes was recently named the new chief operating officer of Ochsner Health’s River Region, which includes facilities in Luling and Destrehan. As COO Rhodes will oversee operations and play a vital role in the strategic direction of Ochsner River Region.

Rhodes hails from Houston and brings with him more than 20 years of experience in healthcare.

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

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 he was responsible for hospital operations at Houston Methodist West and Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospitals.

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.

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


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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