Houston, TX (Sept. 9, 2016) — Kelli Nations, MHA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, has been named HCA Gulf Coast Division’s first chief nurse executive, effective September 30, 2016. Nations is responsible for nurse and physician collaboration and service initiatives including patient experience, nursing recruitment and retention, and nursing management development.
“Kelli has had extensive CNO experience and an established track record of leading and positively impacting organizations in employee, physician, and patient engagement, quality, service-line development and culture,” said Troy Villarreal, HCA Gulf Coast division president. “This new role for our division underlines our belief that outstanding nursing care and a professional environment for our nurses is crucial to our success.”
Nations has served as a nursing leader with HCA Gulf Coast Division for 12 years, the first six in various prominent roles at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. She has also served as chief nursing officer at large hospital organizations including Conroe Regional Medical Center, Bayshore Medical Center, and Mainland Medical Center.
Nations holds both a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Texas Woman’s University in Houston, Texas. She is certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Certified Nursing Executive, Advanced. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in business administration with leadership development from Northcentral University.
“Nursing touches every aspect of the patient experience and culture at each of our hospitals,” said Nations. “My priority is to support our nursing leaders in providing exceptional patient care and develop excellent nursing talent.”
About HCA Gulf Coast Division
HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 7 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com.