Northeast Georgia Medical Center Barrow Names Winder Native as New Chief Nursing Officer

Published: Monday, January 8, 2018

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Barrow has named Winder native Heather Standard, MBA, BSN, RNC-OB, CEFM, as its chief nursing officer (CNO).

“I am excited to return to my community and help fulfill Northeast Georgia Health System’s mission of ‘improving the health of our community in all we do,’” said Standard, who is also a graduate of Winder-Barrow High School.

A long-tenured member of NGMC, Standard started her career at NGMC Gainesville 24 years ago as a certified nursing assistant in Inpatient Rehabilitation. She later joined the Women and Children’s staff as a registered nurse before being promoted to charge nurse and unit manager. In July 2016, Standard was named director of Women and Children’s Services, where she oversaw of a vast array of services including Labor and Delivery, Antepartum, OR/PACU, Postpartum, Lactation, NICU, Pediatrics and Women’s Health.

Standard was influential in bringing the nitrous oxide program to NGMC, which gives laboring mothers an alternative pain relief option to narcotics. She also served on the leadership team providing oversight for the development and implementation of NGMC Braselton’s 10-bed Labor and Delivery unit.

Standard has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Brenau University. She is also a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses. She and her husband, Keith – a fellow Winder native – have two children and live in the Jefferson area.

“Heather is an incredible asset to Northeast Georgia Health System, and we are thrilled to welcome her back home to the Barrow community,” said Chad Hatfield, president of NGMC Barrow. For more information about services at NGMC Barrow, visit



Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Barrow has been serving Northeast Georgia since 1951 and joined Northeast Georgia Health System in 2017. With 56 beds and a medical staff of more than 200 physicians, NGMC Barrow brings services modeled around the programs of excellence at NGMC Gainesville to Barrow County. These include emergency services, advanced surgical and medical care, orthopedics and cancer treatment.

NGHS is a non-profit health system that cares for almost 1 million people in more than 18 counties, with a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. Learn more at