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Children’s Hospital New Orleans announces Lucio A. Fragoso as New President and Chief Executive Officer

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Children’s Hospital New Orleans announces Lucio A. Fragoso as New President and Chief Executive Officer

Fragoso, who previously served as the hospital’s CFO and CAO, has been named President and CEO

NEW ORLEANS – Children’s Hospital New Orleans is proud to announce the selection of Lucio A. Fragoso as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Fragoso, who first joined Children’s Hospital New Orleans in 2019, was promoted to the new role after serving as the hospital’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer.

Fragoso was named to the new role after former President and CEO, John R. Nickens, IV, was promoted to serve as President of Hospital Services and Chief of Pediatrics for LCMC Health, the nine-hospital health system that manages Children’s Hospital New Orleans. Working in this new capacity, Nickens will work as part of the LCMC Health executive leadership team to positively impact people at all stages of life, including continuing to work closely with the Children's Hospital New Orleans team.

As President and CEO of Children’s Hospital, Fragoso will focus on maintaining and strengthening Children’s Hospital’s position as the trusted leader in pediatric healthcare for Louisiana and the Gulf South. Having completed a $300M campus expansion at the end of 2021, Children’s Hospital New Orleans offers the highest level of pediatric care in the region as the Gulf South’s first and largest children’s hospital.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Children's Hospital New Orleans team as President and CEO, and am humbled by this opportunity to serve the children and families across our region who depend on our expert level of care,” said Fragoso. “I am excited to live out the long-standing mission of Children’s Hospital in this new capacity as we continue to build a healthier future for all children.”

Fragoso has dedicated his career to pediatrics, serving in leadership roles at both Lurie Children’s in Chicago and Texas Children’s Hospital prior to joining Children’s Hospital New Orleans in 2019.

“With his immense experience in pediatric healthcare, Lou Fragoso will expertly lead an exciting new chapter at Children’s Hospital,” said Greg Feirn, CEO, LCMC Health. “I am confident that Lou’s strong technical knowledge of clinical operations, academic medicine, healthcare finance, business development, and governance, combined with his charisma, leadership, and staff engagement, will serve Children’s Hospital incredibly well.”

“Lou has been instrumental in the growth of our programs here at Children’s Hospital, recruitment and retention of top talent, improved access and experience, and has demonstrated a true commitment to excellence,” said John R. Nickens IV, President of Hospital Services and Chief of Pediatrics, LCMC Health. “With his drive and passion for the mission of Children’s Hospital, Lou will continue to make great progress toward improving health outcomes for kids across our region.’

Fragoso completed his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting at Loyola University Chicago. Lou and his wife, Jill, have five children, enjoy being outdoors and physically active. Lou is an eleven-time Ironman.


About Children’s Hospital New Orleans

Children’s Hospital New Orleans is a 263-bed, non-profit academic pediatric medical center that offers comprehensive healthcare services, including over 40 pediatric specialties, delivered just for children. With more than 600 pediatric providers, Children’s offers a comprehensive array of pediatric healthcare services in Louisiana and the Gulf South. In addition to its main campus located in New Orleans, the hospital operates a network of specialty clinics across Louisiana, including in Covington, Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Lafayette, and Diamondhead, MS. Children’s offers primary care services at 12 convenient locations and remotely via its Virtual Care for Kids program. Children’s is a proud member of LCMC Health, a Louisiana-based, not-for-profit hospital system which also includes New Orleans East Hospital, Touro, University Medical Center New Orleans, West Jefferson Medical Center, East Jefferson General Hospital, Tulane Medical Center, Lakeview Regional Medical Center, and Tulane Lakeside Hospital. Learn more at