St. David's HealthCare
February 01, 2022

AUSTIN, Texas — Susan Griffin, R.N., M.S.N., has been named chief nursing executive for St. David’s HealthCare and HCA Healthcare’s Central and West Texas Division. HCA Healthcare is St. David’s HealthCare’s national hospital managing partner.

As chief nursing executive, Griffin will be responsible for the organization’s overall strategic direction of nursing practices and nursing operations. She will assume her new role on Feb. 1, 2022.

“With more than 40 years of experience in nursing, including nearly 30 years of executive nursing leadership experience, Susan will play a key role in growing our exceptional team of nurses,” David Huffstutler, president and chief executive officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “She will continue to drive a strong nursing culture across the division that results in nurse development and retention, exceptional clinical care and patient experience.”

Griffin served as chief nursing officer at St. David’s Medical Center from 2009 until 2015 before accepting the newly created role of division chief nursing executive for Methodist Healthcare System in San Antonio. She was HCA Healthcare’s first division chief nursing executive and helped mentor 10 nurse leaders into chief nursing officer positions.

During her time with Methodist Healthcare, Griffin facilitated the creation of the Galen College of Nursing campus at Methodist, grew academic partnerships resulting in 500 residents and more than 70 registered nurse interns annually, and reduced turnover among registered nurses to 14% in the market.

Prior to this, Griffin served in numerous clinical roles, including chief nursing officer at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center and HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe, as well as Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center & Gulf Coast Hospital and Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Florida.

Griffin earned a Master of Science in administration from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.