Kim Deese has joined Woodland Healthcare as its chief nurse executive. A seasoned nursing executive, she brings more than 34 years of nursing and health care experience to the organization.
Deese will be responsible for overseeing patient care services and nursing personnel at Woodland Memorial. Before coming to Woodland, Deese served for 12 years 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 for information technology at McKenna Memorial Hospital in Texas and has managed daily operations of ancillary departments during her nursing career since 1979.
She also worked for the U.S. Naval Reserve at a trauma hospital in Portsmouth, Va.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Jacksonville University and her master of business administration degree from American Intercontinental University.