Jayne Thomas, RN, BSN, MBA, NEA-BC, has been named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Southwestern Medical Center, effective November 2, according to Steve Hyde, Chief Executive Officer. With almost three decades of nursing experience, including more than 20 years in leadership roles, Thomas is well-prepared for the position, having also earned board certification as Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
“We are thrilled to welcome Jayne to Southwestern Medical Center and the Lawton community,” Hyde said. “She brings impressive experience, education and achievements to her new role here. Her previous achievements show her dedication to ensuring the provision of the highest quality of care and exceptional service for patients. Supporting our nursing staff in achieving these goals will be her primary focus.”
Thomas has been serving since 2012 as CNO at AllianceHealth Deaconess Hospital, a 300-bed two-campus facility located in Oklahoma City, OK. Prior to this, she worked for 16 years at Denton Regional Medical Center in Denton, TX, where – as CNO – she led the facility to achieve Magnet® designation through American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® is viewed around the world as the ultimate seal of quality and confidence. Magnet organizations are recognized for superior nursing processes and quality patient care, which lead to the highest levels of safety, quality, and patient satisfaction.
Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in science in nursing (BSN) and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) both from Texas Women’s University in Denton, TX. She began her career as a staff nurse at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, TX. Thomas holds memberships in American Nurses Association (ANA) and Oklahoma Organization of Nurse Executives (OONE). She was recognized as one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s 2007 “Great 100 Nurses.”
Thomas and her husband Kevin, who have three children and five grandchildren, will be relocating to the Comanche County area.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be joining the talented and compassionate team at Southwestern Medical Center,” Thomas said. “I am looking forward to advancing their continued mission of providing the highest quality of care in the safest environment.”
About Southwestern Medical Center
Part of the Capella Healthcare family of hospitals, Southwestern Medical Center is a 199-bed two-campus healthcare system serving Comanche County and Southwest Oklahoma. Nationally recognized for its outstanding workplace culture, they have been named one of the nation’s “100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Hospital Review and twice as a “Top Workplace” in the state by The Oklahoman. Since 1957, SWMC has been accredited by The Joint Commission. The Neuroscience Center is the first and only accredited Stroke Program in SW Oklahoma by The Joint Commission. SWMC is also accredited by CARF for rehabilitation services. Southwestern Medical Center has been serving the community for 107 years. For more information, please visit the hospital’s website at www.swmconline.com