Published on February 10, 2014

Baptist Collierville names new chief nursing officer

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. - Denise Ferguson, a Baptist colleague for more than 20 years, recently accepted the position of chief nursing officer at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville.

In addition to overseeing the nursing staff and working with the hospital's leadership team, she will take a lead role in the hospital's March 11 rollout of Baptist OneCare, Baptist's electronic health record, slated to rollout in phases throughout the Baptist system by mid 2015. Baptist Collierville will go live at the same time as Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, Baptist Memorial Restorative Care Hospital and Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women.

"With her wide breadth of experience, Denise is a perfect fit for the role of CNO," said Kyle Armstrong, administrator and CEO of Baptist Collierville. "Her hands-on clinical experience and various roles in administration have given her a keen understanding of what factors go into creating an optimal outcome and experience for patients."

Most recently, Ferguson served as the administrative house supervisor for Baptist Collierville. Before that, she served as a staff nurse and unit manager in oncology and eventually as the director of oncology services for Baptist Memphis. Ferguson also served as a manager of nurse recruitment and a recruiter for the Baptist system.

Baptist Collierville opened its doors in May 1999. With all the amenities of home, this full-service hospital sits on a 75-acre park-like campus and features extra-large patient rooms and a walking trail. Medical services include a full-service emergency room, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient surgery, a step-down unit and seven bed intensive care unit, inpatient and outpatient diagnostics, the Baptist Sleep Disorders Center, a women's center and 81 acute care beds. In 2012, Baptist Collierville was named a Top Performer in the Joint Commission's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™.

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