AUSTIN, Texas — St. David’s North Austin Medical Center has named Cindy Nicholas as its new chief nursing officer effective July 6, 2016. In this role, Nicholas will provide executive leadership to the nursing team at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center.
“Cindy has more than 20 years of healthcare experience and has dedicated the last six years to leadership positions within St. David’s HealthCare. Her proven leadership skills will help our nursing teams continue to deliver the highest quality patient care,” Allen Harrison, chief executive officer of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, said. “We’re excited to have her join the St. David’s North Austin Medical Center executive team.”
Before joining St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, Nicholas served as chief nursing officer at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center (2015 to 2016) and at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital (2012 to 2015). At each facility, her responsibilities included line authority for all nursing and clinical operations, with supervision of director-level personnel across in-house departments, including the medical and surgical units, intensive care unit, women’s services, emergency department, operating room, and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among others.
During her tenure at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, Nicholas championed several hospital quality initiatives including Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Accreditation, sepsis compliance and reduction in morbidity and mortality. She also helped lead the hospital in achieving top-ranking emergency room patient satisfaction scores.
Nicholas helped St. David’s Georgetown Hospital earn “baby-friendly” accreditation from Baby-Friendly USA and become a partner hospital for the Texas Cord Blood Bank. Nicholas joined several other St. David’s HealthCare executives in representing the organization at the Quest for Excellence conference in April 2015, where the healthcare system was honored with the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence.
Prior to her role as chief nursing officer at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, Nicholas served as director of acute care services for the facility. She has had other executive and managerial roles at Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville; the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas; Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia; Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida; International Air Ambulance in Florida; Broward Community Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida.
Nicholas earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Florida International University in Miami. She went on to earn a Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Miami.
Nicholas is a TeamStepps master trainer, as well as a trainer of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” She holds a nurse executive advanced board certification (NEA-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. The 378-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility is dedicated to the highest level of women’s health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas. The facility also features a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, the Bariatric Center, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is also home to St. David’s Children’s Hospital. In 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group.