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Woodland Healthcare Announces New Chief Nurse Executive


Kim Deese brings more than 34 years of experience.

Kim Deese joins Woodland Healthcare as its Chief Nurse Executive. A seasoned nursing executive, she brings more than 34 years of nursing and healthcare experience to the organization.

Deese will be responsible for overseeing patient care services and nursing personnel within Woodland Memorial Hospital. The key focus of her position will be on continuing to provide extraordinary care and service to our patients, in addition to expanding the services we offer to our community, right here at home.

“We are extremely pleased that Kim Deese has joined the Woodland Healthcare team,” said Kevin Vaziri, Woodland Healthcare President. “Her high level of experience, leadership and passion for healthcare will benefit Woodland Healthcare and our patients as we continue to provide quality healthcare and excellent service to our growing community.”

Prior to joining Woodland Healthcare, for more than 12 years, Deese served as Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Officer at St. Vincent Medical Center, a 366 bed hospital in Los Angeles and a member of the Daughters of Charity Health System. In this role she led clinical performance improvement from “lowest performing” to “highest performing” hospital status within the Daughters of Charity System and a 30 percent increase in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores on service and quality ratings.

In addition to her Chief Nurse Executive experience, Deese also served as Chief Information Officer/Vice President Information Technology at McKenna Memorial Hospital in Texas and has managed daily operations of ancillary departments during her nursing career since 1979. She also served with the U.S. Naval Reserve at a trauma hospital in Portsmouth, Va. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Jacksonville University and her Master of Business Administration from American Intercontinental University.

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