Ochsner Health is a system that delivers health to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf South with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate.
As President and Chief Operating Officer of Ochsner Health, Mike Hulefeld oversees daily operations, performance improvement and delivery of services across Ochsner's 46 owned, managed and affiliated hospital and specialty hospitals and more than 370 health and urgent care centers.
Hulefeld works with Ochsner’s service lines and corporate services to support the operational and strategic objectives of the organization, including delivering efficient, high-quality care, a positive patient experience, expanded access to care close to home, and increased services in the communities Ochsner serves. His teams lead large-scale organizational changes and improvements that support the growth and scale of Ochsner.
In his role, Hulefeld also leads Ochsner’s North Louisiana regional teams, as well as the organization’s Information Systems team, which is responsible for many essential responsibilities including maintaining the Epic electronic medical system and more than 100 departmental systems across Ochsner Health and Ochsner Health Network.
After graduating from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hulefeld received his master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. He joined Ochsner as an Administrative Fellow in July 1998 and served in several management positions until being named chief executive officer of Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans. He also served as Ochsner’s chief operating officer from 2012 to 2022.