St. Thomas Names New CNO


Saint Thomas Health, Ascension’s Tennessee ministry, has announced that Amy D. Wilson will be joining the nine-hospital system as Chief Nursing Officer. Wilson, who comes to Saint Thomas Health from Pensacola, Florida’s Sacred Heart Hospital, also an Ascension ministry, will begin her new role January 3, 2017.
“The Chief Nursing Officer role is new for Saint Thomas Health, but vital to our continued leadership in patient care and patient experience,” said Karen Springer, Saint Thomas Health President and CEO. “Amy will work closely with our Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Operating Officer dyad leaders to ensure that our nursing, medical and operational strategies are aligned and performing efficiently and effectively. Amy’s tremendous breadth of experience will make her a great addition to our terrific leadership team.”

“Clinical leaders across Ascension continue to lead the way in sharing best practices and learning from one another to improve quality and safety for those we serve,” said Ann Hendrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality/Safety and Nursing Officer, Ascension Healthcare, a division of Ascension. “As we become an even more integrated national health ministry, Amy will apply her talent to build on the full continuum of care across Saint Thomas Health. I look forward to Amy’s continuing contributions as a member of our Care Excellence leadership community.”

image002Wilson has most recently served in the dual role of Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Sacred Heart Hospital where she has held progressive leadership roles since 2012. As COO and CNO, she was responsible for all nursing practice related functions, as well as the operations of the hospital, financial management for the organization, and the oversight of ancillary departments, facilities and contracted departments.
Prior to joining Sacred Heart, Wilson spent six years at The Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham. She joined Children’s in 2006 as the Director of the Stem Cell Transplant Unit and was later named Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In 2011, she became the Director of Performance Improvement and Accreditation, overseeing the Performance Improvement, Medical Staff Services and Continuing Medical Education departments.

Wilson received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Huntsville and her Master of Science degree in Nursing, with an emphasis on Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a certified professional in healthcare quality and a Six Sigma Black Belt. Active in the community, she is a board member for Autism Pensacola, a long-term member of Impact 100, and serves on the leadership advisory council for the School of Nursing at the University of West Florida.
Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system united as one healing community. Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the healthcare experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes nine hospitals: Saint Thomas Hospital for Spinal Surgery, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville, Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital in Smithville, Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta, Saint Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville and Saint Thomas Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. A comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities complements the hospital services and covers a 68-county area. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. For more information, visit

Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2016, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 150,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia, while its Solutions Division provides a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

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