Overland Park Regional Medical Center — part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider — announces the appointment of Teresa Collins, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-C as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). Collins joins the leadership team of the full-service, 350-bed acute care facility that is undergoing an expansion and extensive renovation, including a 72-private-bed tower, on Sept. 8, 2014.
Collins, a Kansas City native, has been in the nursing profession in Kansas City for more than 25 years, most recently serving as Vice President of Clinical Operations for Swope Health Services. As part of the senior leadership team, Collins’ responsibilities included the nursing staff, clinical operations, employee training and development, as well as patient satisfaction. Prior to that, Collins was Vice President of Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at Truman Medical Center where she led a 1,600-member nursing staff and provided clinical and leadership expertise in quality and operations. Collins was Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Independence Regional Medical Center and Medical Center of Independence, now Centerpoint Medical Center, also part of HCA Midwest Health.
“Teresa is accomplished in patient safety, quality and satisfaction,” says Kevin J. Hicks, President and Chief Executive Officer of Overland Park Regional Medical Center. “She has a passion for excellence in patient care and engagement with physicians and nursing teams, which will further our strong foundation of those core values.”
“I look forward to helping Overland Park Regional Medical Center continue its mission in serving the Overland Park community,” says Collins. “The organization is growing and investing in this community to better meet the needs of patients and families and it’s a very exciting time to be an integral part of this dynamic family of healthcare professionals.”
“The medical staff is excited to welcome Teresa to the Overland Park Regional Medical Center family,” says Maggie H. Smith, MD, board-certified Ob-Gyn and Ob-Gyn Department Chair at Overland Park Medical Center. “Her energy and experience in building strong and dedicated patient care teams that work together to enhance the patient experience make her an excellent fit for OPRMC as we build a new era of healthcare in the region.”
Collins earned a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in healthcare management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Webster University. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and is board certified as a Nurse Executive Advanced.