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Kim Brown Sims, MBA, RN, PHN, FACHE, NEA-BC, LBBH Named Chief Nursing Officer of Dignity Health’s Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (December 15, 2021) — Dignity Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Brown Sims, MBA, RN, PHN, FACHE, NEA-BC, LBBH as its new Chief Nursing Officer (“CNO”) for Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, effective Nov. 15, 2021.

Brown Sims comes to Dignity Health with over two decades of strong nursing and operational experience, including her most recent role as the Chief Executive Officer & Founder of KBS Leadership Consulting. Previous to that, Brown Sims served as chief nursing officer and/or VP of patient care services at several Northern California hospitals, including the CDPH’s Sleep Train Arena Alternate Care Facility (Sacramento), Queen of the Valley Medical Center (Napa), Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center (San Luis Obispo) and Sutter Memorial Hospital (Sacramento). Additionally, Brown Sims is active on non-profit and for-profit boards, is a national leadership speaker who is passionate about health equity, and performs leadership training both nationally and internationally.

In this new role, Brown Sims will be CNO at both Saint Francis and St. Mary’s, where leadership is increasingly focused on bolstering partnerships and alliances between the two Dignity Health campuses. “Kim brings a solid foundation of clinical nursing expertise coupled with a track record of innovative leadership and steadfast professionalism,” said Daryn Kumar, MBA, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer at Saint Francis and St. Mary’s. “Through collaboration across our two San Francisco campuses, we are elevating quality, safety and the overall patient experience."

Brown Sims received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at California State University Sacramento, and her Master of Business Administration, Strategic Leadership, magna cum laude, from Trident University International.

“Saint Francis and St. Mary’s have been meeting San Francisco’s health care needs for over a century---providing high-quality, affordable care delivered with compassion,” said Brown Sims. “I’m excited to be part of these two historic hospitals that have cared for San Franciscans for generations.”

About Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
Dignity Health Saint Francis Memorial Hospital is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital that has been providing exceptional healthcare in San Francisco for more than 100 years. Located atop Nob Hill and adjacent to the Tenderloin District, Saint Francis is home to one of the City’s busiest emergency rooms, the Bothin Burn Center—the largest burn unit in Northern California—as well as the Saint Francis Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute, and the Gender Institute. With its close proximity to downtown San Francisco, Saint Francis also specializes in Occupational Health and Emergency Medicine. Saint Francis has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine and Hip/Knee Replacement Surgery and is a Certified Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. For more information, call (415) 353-6000 or visit

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About Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center
Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital that has been caring for the people of San Francisco since 1857. Located across from Golden Gate Park, it is the longest continually running hospital in San Francisco. St. Mary’s cardiac program offers diagnostic services, treatment, and rehabilitation. St. Mary’s also was recognized as one of the Top 100 Orthopedic Programs nationally by Becker’s Hospital Review and is a Certified Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. St. Mary’s state-of-the-art Cancer Center offers the full-range of oncology, radiation, and imaging services. Offering the most comprehensive breast imaging services in San Francisco, St. Mary’s has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, a recognition that represents the national gold standard. Beyond clinical care, St. Mary's is committed to furthering the healing ministry, and to providing high-quality, affordable healthcare to the community it serves. For more information, call (415) 668-1000 or visit

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

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