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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Nikki Vanburen to take on CNO role at Franklin Woods, Woodridge

Nikki Vanburen will be the new CNO for Franklin Woods and Woodridge starting in February.JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Nikki Vanburen has accepted the position of chief nursing officer (CNO) at Franklin Woods Community Hospital and Woodridge Hospital, beginning in February. She has served as CNO at Johnston Memorial Hospital since 2014, and has been with Mountain States for 17 years.

Trish Baise, current CNO at Franklin Woods/Woodridge, is taking over the role of CEO for the two hospitals, and Vanburen will then fill her CNO position.

“Nikki and I have served as co-chairs of the Mountain States CNO council since 2016 and I’ve been very impressed with her leadership, knowledge, work ethic and advocacy,” Baise said. “I have every confidence she’ll be a tremendous asset to Washington County, Tenn., and build on our strong foundation of inter-professional collaboration to foster further growth in safety, quality and team member empowerment.”

Vanburen has held progressive leadership responsibility for the past 10 years at Mountain States. As Johnston Memorial CNO, she has played a key role in performance improvement utilizing Lean methodology. Vanburen has helped improve new nursing retention rates, improve sepsis mortality in collaboration with physicians, implement neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) initiatives, and achieve designation as a Joint Commission Certified Stroke Program, among many other accomplishments.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee State University, and a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration from King University. She lives in Johnson City with her husband and her son, who is a senior at Science Hill High School. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, visiting local theaters and volunteering.

“We congratulate Nikki and are proud that JMH has proven to be a place where she’s grown as a nurse leader and prepared for the next step in her career,” said Stan Hickson, VP/CEO of Mountain States’ Northeast Market, including Johnston Memorial Hospital. “Her contributions, both in terms of tangible results and positive impact on our culture, leave a lasting legacy and because of her leadership, our patients receive better care.

“It’s excellent that her talents as a leader and nurse executive are staying within Mountain States.”

Hickson said information will be coming soon on the search for Johnston Memorial Hospital’s next chief nursing officer.