The Wilson Times

Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:03 AM

Chief nursing officer named at Wilson Medical Center

By Jon Jimison Times Editor

Nursing veteran Laura L. Lowe has been named chief nursing officer at Wilson Medical Center, CEO William Caldwell announced Friday.

Lowe begins work at the hospital on Monday.

"I’m looking forward to joining the Wilson Medical Center team and the Wilson community,” Lowe said in a statement. "I’m eager to build upon the already excellent nursing care we provide our patients.”

The chief nursing officer, or CNO, is part of the leadership team at the hospital.

"We are excited to fill this leadership role,” Caldwell said in a statement. "Laura has the leadership experience in nursing that will take our hospital to the next level in caring for our patients.”

Lowe most recently worked at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minn., where she served for nearly six years in several roles, including director of patient care and inpatient nursing and vice president of regional nursing and operations, officials said.

Lowe was also director of emergency and trauma services at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Missouri and manager of patient care in emergency medical services in Boone Hospital Center in Missouri. Her experience includes 11 years as a flight nurse and in intensive care, critical care and cardiovascular care, hospital officials added.

Lowe is completing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. She holds a masters in Health Care Administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., and a bachelor of science in nursing from Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y.

Lowe will move to Wilson with her husband Don.

Duke LifePoint recently acquired an 80-percent stake of the hospital in a $56 million joint venture deal with Wilson Medical Center.

Duke University Health System calls Durham home. LifePoint Hospitals is headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn. LifePoint is the managing partner.

Wilson Medical Center, which has more than 1,300 employees, has emerged as the third-largest private employer in Wilson County. The hospital has 294 beds.

The hospital is now undergoing a strategic planning process for the future.

Caldwell was named the chief executive officer in late March. He’s been assembling a leadership team, learning the in’s and outs of the facility and meeting community members since that time.

Bert Beard was named Wilson Medical Center’s first-ever chief operating officer in April, Caldwell previously announced.

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