Ericha Lowe had a variety of work experience outside of health care prior to joining Hillcrest Hospital Claremore as the staffing coordinator in October. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring nurse staffing levels in all departments of the hospital for the day and night shifts provide the right amount of coverage for patient care. Every day is different and presents new challenges. For Ericha, it is more than calling nurses and scheduling shifts. It is the first opportunity to really help patients.
“You’re sitting there listening and until they called my name, it hadn’t even registered that it could be me,” Hillcrest Hospital Claremore CEO David Chaussard says of the moment sitting in a quality meeting with fellow CEOs and CNOs from across Ardent Health Services where he was recognized as Ardent’s 2015 CEO of the Year. “I was very surprised – shocked!” A nursing career with roots in his childhood experiences visiting his family practitioner took David around the world, found a home in Claremore and the admiration of his peers in health care.