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Kristy Nichols

System Vice President, Partnerships & Integration, Ochsner Health System

Kristy Nichols is System Vice President of Partnerships & Integration for Ochsner Health System. In this role, she leads the Ochsner Partnerships & Integration Team in optimizing relationships with current and future Ochsner Health Network partners and others.

Kristy joined Ochsner in 2015 as Vice President, Government Relations & Corporate Affairs and has been focused on our Government Relations strategy as well as advancing our relationship with the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and the state of Mississippi. Prior to joining Ochsner, her career included positions focused on the development of comprehensive, community-based health, education and economic development initiatives throughout south and central Louisiana. She joined the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals in 2002 as Director of its Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health and served as Policy Advisor on Health and Social Services and later in 2008 as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

As Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Jindal from 2010-2012, Kristy served as his senior policy advisor and then as Commissioner for the State of Louisiana Division of Administration 2012-2015 managing the daily operations of state government including direct oversight of 11 Cabinet-level agencies.

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