Ascension has named Amy Wilson as its senior vice president for clinical operations, a newly created position, effective March 11.
In her new role, Wilson, a registered nurse, will organize, plan, direct and evaluate all nursing services functions and care delivery models at a system-wide level, including in nursing, pharmacy, laboratory, nursing quality and related areas, the health system said in a news release. She will play a key role in the system's efforts to improve retention and build an engaged, collaborative culture for registered nurses and interdisciplinary care times.
Ascension said Wilson will help with the health system's transition to a triad leadership model that will add chief nursing officers to collaborate with chief clinical officers and chief operating officers.
"Amy's tremendous breadth of experience in both clinical and operational areas, coupled with her dedicated servant leadership, make her an ideal choice for this new role," Karen Springer, Ascension's executive vice president of healthcare operations, said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to her contributions as a member of the senior leadership of Ascension."
Wilson has served as the chief nursing officer for Ascension Saint Thomas Health in Tennessee since January 2017, where she worked closely with the chief clinical officer and chief operating officer to ensure nursing, medical and operational strategies were aligned. At Saint Thomas, Wilson led the implementation of its Nursing Transformation Unit, designed to allow nurses to help improve workplace efficiency and satisfaction.
Wilson also served as chief nursing officer and chief operating officer at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, where she oversaw all nursing-related functions and hospital operations. Prior to joining Sacred Heart, she spent six years at The Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham, where she served as director of its stem cell transplant unit and later as director of its neonatal intensive care unit. In 2011, she was named director of performance improvement and accreditation.
Wilson earned her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Alabama at Huntsville and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.