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Baptist Collierville names new chief nursing officer

Denise Ferguson, a Baptist colleague for more than 20 years, recently accepted the position of chief nursing officer at Baptist Collierville. She replaces 35-year Baptist colleague Susan Ferguson, who recently was promoted to system nursing director for clinical value analysis/specialty care/patient safety for Baptist Memorial Health Care.

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 roll out in phases throughout the Baptist system by mid 2015. Baptist Collierville will go live at the same time as Baptist Memphis, Baptist Restorative Care Hospital and Baptist Women’s Hospital.

“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.

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