SOUTH TEXAS HEALTH SYSTEM CHILDREN’S WELCOMES KIMBERLY DAVIS AS ITS FIRST-EVER PEDIATRIC ADMINISTRATOR
As pediatric administrator, Davis will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Valley’s first pediatric hospital
South Texas Health System Children’s is pleased to announce the appointment of Kimberly Davis, MBA, BSN, RN as the facility’s new pediatric administrator, a first for the hospital, to help expand overall pediatric services and programs aimed at meeting the needs of the ever-growing community.
In her new role, Davis will help oversee the day-to-day operations at STHS Children’s to ensure that best practices are in place to provide high-quality, compassionate care for STHS’ youngest patients, collaborate with healthcare providers to ensure patients’ needs are being met and recruit additional providers and specialists to provide quality, close-to-home care for pediatric patients in the Rio Grande Valley.
“Every day we’re looking at what can we do to improve things for our pediatric population,” says Davis, MBA, BSN, RN, an East Texas native. “There’s not a minute that goes by that we’re not looking at opportunities to grow and expand our services. Truly understanding the needs of our community and focusing efforts to ensure those needs are met are my ultimate goals.”
One of Davis’ top priorities will be to provide as much close-to-home care for pediatric patients as possible, to prevent families from having to travel long distances to receive critical medical care.
“There’s no denying accessibility of healthcare is important for families. They would prefer to stay local to avoid incurring travel expenses, as well as missed time from work, for their loved ones to receive much-needed medical treatment,” says Davis. “Our ultimate goal is to bring in the additional pediatric services and programs necessary to help prevent families from having to leave the region to get care for their children in Corpus Christi, San Antonio and beyond.”
Lance Ames, Chief Executive Officer of STHS Children’s and STHS Edinburg, is excited to welcome Davis to the hospital’s leadership team. “Kimberly brings a wealth of knowledge in pediatrics and children’s hospital administration that will help expand and improve the services we provide to local children,” Ames said. “I look forward to seeing how our dedication to the children of the Rio Grande Valley will continue to grow under her stewardship.”
A nurse by profession, Davis most recently served as the Director of Occupational Health & Wellness at Children’s Health, overseeing more than 8,000 employees across the system including two North Texas hospitals and their off-site campuses.
Prior to that, she oversaw several departments at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas – Children’s Health as the Clinical Manager for Perianesthesia, and for the Radiology Anesthesia Unit (RAU). At one point, she also oversaw Interventional Radiology in addition to her duties with the RAU and Perianesthesia.
Davis began her career as a vocational nurse before earning her associate degree in nursing from Trinity Valley Community College in East Texas. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington and later obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in healthcare management from the University of Texas at Tyler.
South Texas Health System Children’s is the Valley’s first pediatric hospital, having opened in March 2006. The 107-bed facility features the region’s only exclusive pediatric emergency department, an asthma program certified by The Joint Commission and access to physicians in many specialty areas.
For more information about the pediatric services available at STHS Children’s, please visit STHSChildrens.com.
About South Texas Health System
South Texas Health System is a multi-facility healthcare system serving patients throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The system includes four acute care facility campuses with specialties in pediatrics, heart and vascular services, maternity and women’s health and trauma services. Inpatient and outpatient treatment for behavioral health needs and addictive disorders is also provided through the system’s South Texas Health System Behavioral facility. South Texas Health System is affiliated with the South Texas Clinical Partners ACO, Prominence Health Plan, and Cornerstone Regional Hospital. The system operates an advanced Level I Trauma Center at South Texas Health System McAllen, the first and only freestanding children’s facility and pediatric ER at South Texas Health System Children’s, the region’s only freestanding heart hospital and specialized cardiac ER at South Texas Health System Heart, and six freestanding emergency rooms located in and around Weslaco, Mission, Edinburg, McAllen and Alamo. For more information about the system and its comprehensive services, please visit www.southtexashealthsystem.com.
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