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Collier is KershawHealth’s new chief nursing officer

Posted: August 15, 2014 2:19 p.m.
Updated: August 18, 2014 6:00 a.m.
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Stacy Collier

Stacy Collier, MSN, RN, has been selected to serve as KershawHealth’s Chief Nursing Officer. The graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and her Master of Science Degree in Nursing Administration from the University of South Carolina.

“Stacy has a wealth of training and experience in nursing leadership, and she has helped lead several important quality and safety initiatives over the past few years,” KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn said. “We look forward to supporting her success in this new role.”

Collier joined KershawHealth as a staff nurse in 1998, and has served in various leadership positions over the years.

“I love nursing, and knew I wanted to be a nurse by the time I was in college. But I also recognized early on in my career that I particularly love nursing leadership, and seemed to have the skills necessary for that. I was lucky enough to have two wonderful mentors -- registered nurses Susan Outen, who was the chief nursing officer then; and Paula Guild, who was the director of inpatient nursing -- who recognized my interest and helped foster it,” Collier said.

In the ensuing years, she took advantage of many leadership opportunities, serving as nurse manager for Med II and the Women’s Center, performance improvement coordinator, nursing operations coordinator, and director of inpatient nursing. Most recently, she was the director of quality services and case management. Along the way, Collier received certifications as Nurse Executive, Advanced -- Board Certified and Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.

In 2006, Collier was recognized as a Palmetto Gold Nursing Excellence Award recipient. The Palmetto Gold Award is presented annually to 100 nurses from throughout the state of South Carolina who exemplify the highest standards of their calling and community service. Palmetto Gold became an especially meaningful accomplishment, as Outen helped establish the award and Guild had been a recipient in 2002.

Collier also holds the distinction of being a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, an accomplishment most often found in manufacturing and industry, where it is used to improve efficiency and quality. At KershawHealth, her training helps maximize quality and safety through a variety of initiatives.

Collier and her husband, Damon, live in Elgin with their two children, Rachel and Matthew. She enjoys reading, playing games (especially Candy Crush), and loves going to the movies.

(Photo and story provided by KershawHealth.)

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