GEORGETOWN, Texas—St. David’s Georgetown Hospital has selected Tracy Rodriguez as its new chief nursing officer, effective August 27. Rodriguez succeeds Michael Lopez, who was recently named chief nursing officer at Heart Hospital of Austin.
Rodriguez brings more than 30 years of healthcare experience to St. David’s Georgetown Hospital. Previously, she served as vice president of nursing at Northeast Methodist Hospital, a 179-bed acute care hospital in San Antonio, where she oversaw nursing operations and a staff of more than 300. Rodriguez was instrumental in helping the hospital reduce nurse turnover rates and increase employee engagement.
“Tracy brings a wealth of knowledge in the field of nursing, with specialized training that will further elevate our standards for care and accountability,” Hugh Brown, chief executive officer of St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, said. “We welcome her experience in fostering employee engagement, as this has long been a priority for us.”
Prior to her position at Northeast Methodist Hospital, Rodriguez served as director of Med I (medicine) at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, another facility within the Methodist Healthcare system. Additionally, she served as the director of telemetry and the interim director of ICU at Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center in San Antonio. She also spent several years as a health coach with Health Dialog, a population health management services provider, where she led a coaching team that participated in a study on telemedicine published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Prior to moving to San Antonio in 2002, Rodriguez worked nearly 20 years as a nurse in hospitals across the globe from Canada to Saudi Arabia. She holds multiple degrees in nursing, including a nursing diploma from Misericordia School of Nursing in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a doctorate in nursing practice from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
St. David’s Georgetown Hospital
St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, which is part of St. David’s HealthCare, is a 111-bed facility offering a range of services, including a 24-hour emergency department with a level IV trauma center; Certified Primary Stroke Center; Certified Chest Pain Center; inpatient and outpatient surgery; advanced pulmonary intervention; critical care capabilities; acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation; and maternity and newborn services with mother-baby couplet care close to home for Georgetown families.