AUSTIN, Texas—St. David's South Austin Medical Center has named Ulondia Lee as its new chief nursing officer (CNO), succeeding Sally Gillam, who retired in April after serving 30 years in that role.

“With more than 20 years of leadership experience in coordination of patient care, quality, efficiency improvement and managing clinical operations with fiscal responsibility, I am confident that Ulondia will serve as a valuable member of our leadership team,” David Huffstutler, president and chief executive officer of St. David's HealthCare, said.

Lee, who assumed her new role on April 8, served as CNO at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, a 354-bed, full-service acute care hospital in San Antonio, for three years. In that role, she had direct oversight of all facility nursing operations, and she established a nursing strategy to support the hospital's long-range goals, including operational efficiencies, volume growth, physician relations and employee engagement. Prior to her role as CNO at Metropolitan Methodist, Lee served as vice president of clinical nursing and director of medical-surgical services, as well as coordinator of the hospital's Magnet Program.

Throughout her nursing career, Lee has held several nursing leadership positions, including medical-surgical assistant director at North Hills Hospital in North Richland Hills near Fort Worth, as well as nursing administrative supervisor at Osteopathic Medical Center in Fort Worth. Previously, she worked as a nurse in various departments at King's Daughters Hospital in Greenville, Mississippi.