With so many different diseases, epidemics, and medical issues plaguing the nation, healthcare is a challenging field. To be the president and CEO of a hospital—any hospital— takes great a great deal of dedication, foresight, diplomacy, and understanding; but the need for those characteristics come even more into play for the president and CEO of a children’s hospital. Luckily for Children’s Hospital New Orleans, the man bearing those titles meets those demands and then some, using his position and deep knowledge of the healthcare industry to serve the needs of the children of New Orleans in the best way possible.
With more than 25 years of pediatric healthcare experience under his belt, John Nickens took on his current role at Children’s Hospital New Orleans in 2017. The former Executive Vice President at Texas Children’s Hospital brought with him a particular understanding of children’s health and the challenges it faces. During his time in his previous position, he came to possess extensive operational experience in both pediatric and maternal health services, oversaw the implementation of two electronic medical record systems, and played a crucial role in bringing Texas Children’s to its ranking as third in the nation.