Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has named Karen Watts, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. In this capacity, Karen has administrative responsibility for Operative Services, Women & Children's Services, Medical/Surgical Services, Emergency Services, Critical Care, Long Term Care, Medical Transport, Central Staffing, Diabetes Education and Wound Healing.
Karen comes to NGHS with more than 25 years of healthcare leadership experience, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Good Shepherd Health System in Longview, Texas. Prior to 2009, Karen served more than 17 years at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga., ultimately as their Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer.
A Georgia native, Karen earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah and her master’s degree in nursing from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. She is nationally certified as an advanced nursing executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a member of the American Hospital Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and American Nurses Association. She was recognized with the Nursing Leadership Excellence Award from Memorial Health in 2007 and the Nurse of the Year Award in 1980.
“I am delighted to work at an organization like NGMC,” said Karen. “During my short time here, I am already impressed by the quality of care we provide, the caliber of our employees and the vision of our leadership. I look forward to serving this great community for many years to come.”
Karen has one daughter, Mandy, who currently resides in Savannah.