Mercy Fort Smith Names New Chief Nursing Officer

August 7, 2015

Jennifer Thomas, DNP, RN has been named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Mercy Hospital Fort Smith.

Thomas is Vice President of Ancillary Services and has been serving as interim CNO since March. She joined Mercy in May 2010 as Executive Director of Critical Care Services and has since taken on additional leadership roles and responsibilities. In her 30 year career, she has worked in a variety of staff, educator and leader roles.

“Jennifer epitomizes professionalism at every level whether in a clinical or administrative setting,” said Ryan Gehrig, president of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith. “She has tremendous passion for the patient and is always looking for the best and brightest nurses to care for our patients.”

As Mercy Fort Smith CNO, Thomas will commit a great deal of her time to initiatives which promote recruitment and retention of nurses.  Additional emphasis will be placed on ensuring excellence in nursing care with an ultimate goal of improving the day-to-day experience for patients. 

“In my new role, I will work to optimize patient outcomes with our nursing care. Our nurses are second to none and we will continue to build on that tradition,” said Thomas.

Mercy is the seventh largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 46 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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