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The Women?s Center of Jacksonville presents 2017 Speaker Event -- Women, Words & Wisdom.

Published Monday, March 27, 2017

 The Women’s Center of Jacksonville presents our 2017 Speaker Event -- Women, Words & Wisdom. This year’s Speaker Event will feature Ms. Nicole Thomas, President of Baptist Medical Center South, the first female president in Baptist’s 61-year history.


The event will be on Tuesday, April 4th at the Shultz Center, beginning with a reception at 5:30 pm with the featured speaker attending, and at 6:30 pm, Nicole Thomas will speak on her experience as a woman working as a professional in the healthcare environment, followed by a question and answer session. In addition to Nicole Thomas, the Women’s Center will recognize 9 Unsung Sheroes & Hero nominated by community organizations.


“This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to learn and to benefit from the wisdom of this very interesting and exceptional woman and also to learn about 8 women and 1 man who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to improve the lives of women,” said Gillian Ticehurst, director of development at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville.


BIOGRAPHY:  Nicole Thomas, FACHE, is Hospital President of Baptist Medical Center South, the first woman 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.


For ticket information visit or call (904) 722-3000 x 0.

Ticket prices are $40 each and $400 for a reserved table of eight.

Sponsorships are available.

Full biography, photographs, and logo are available on request.



About the Women’s Center of Jacksonville

The Women’s Center of Jacksonville is a community based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women. Offering comprehensive services under one roof, our mission is to improve the lives of women through advocacy, support and education. The warm and welcoming environment of the Women’s Center offers a unique and safe place for women and their families who seek assistance.  Programs include affordable mental health counseling ● education, advocacy and health information for breast cancer survivors ● adult literacy and tutoring ● 24/7 crisis intervention and advocacy for victims of sexual violence ● a 24 hour rape crisis hotline ● rape prevention education for youth ● Girls Circle program for girls ● personal growth and support groups ● and information and referral. Each year the Women's Center touches the lives of over 7,500 women, men and girls.



Gillian Ticehurst

Women’s Center Of Jacksonville

722-3000 x 203


Women’s Center of Jacksonville | 5644 Colcord Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32211

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