ARDMORE, Okla. - Debbie Pender, BSN, MS, MBA-HCM, RN has been named vice president of nursing for Mercy Hospital Ardmore. Pender has been serving in the interim role since last fall.
Pender, a registered nurse and a southern Oklahoma native, graduated high school in Tishomingo and went on to earn her associate of applied science in nursing from Murray State College. Soon after, she earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) as well as her Master of Science in nursing (MS) from The University of Oklahoma’s College of Nursing. She has also earned a Master of Business Administration in health care management (MBA-HCM) from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minn.
“Debbie brings great experience and passion for nursing and a servant’s heart so we are blessed to have her in this role,” said Daryle Voss, Mercy Hospital Ardmore president. “I am very excited to welcome her as our newest vice president and look forward to working with her for many years in this role.”
Beginning her nursing career as a licensed practical nurse at Johnston Memorial Hospital, now Mercy Hospital Tishomingo, she knew she had found her calling – taking care of those in need.
Pender has also served as a nursing instructor for Southern Oklahoma Technology Center and assistant professor at Murray State College in Tishomingo, Okla. In 2006, she took on the role of medical/surgical and women’s services nursing director for Mercy Hospital Ardmore.
“I am humbled and honored to have been chosen for this position. Since a young age I have always felt called to take care of those around me and nursing has allowed me to do just that,” said Pender. “In this role I hope to share my passion and knowledge with the nursing team at Mercy as well as continue growing and learning from them as well.”
Pender spends her time away from the hospital helping others as well. She serves as A2A Marathon medical tent nurse leader, March of Dimes volunteer, Ardmore Soup Kitchen volunteer, and on Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps as well as Business Advisory Committee for Southern Oklahoma Supported Employment. She is a member of Springer Missionary Baptist Church. She and her husband, Cal, have four children and live north of Ardmore.
Pender joins the administrative team of Daryle Voss, president, Karen Hendren, with a newly expanded role of vice president finance and operations, Pam Kimbrough, vice president medical affairs, Melinda Sharum, executive director human resources, Randy Jobe, vice president clinic operations, and Kathryn Abbey, vice president mission and ethics.