Carol Gore, Chief Nursing Officer

Carol Gore, Chief Nursing Officer

Carol Gore, MBA, BSN, RN, has been appointed Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Saint Mary’s Regional Health System in Russellville, effective Aug. 31, according to Jerry Mabry, Arkansas Market President for Capella Healthcare, and Mike McCoy, Interim CEO and COO at Saint Mary’s.

With more than 25 years of experience, Gore brings a wealth of expertise to her new position. Since 2008, she has served in leadership positions at Arkansas’ Northwest Health System, a multi-hospital system of 414 beds over three campuses. She has been CNO for Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, as well as Administrator and CNO for Willow Creek Women’s Hospital in Johnson. While in Johnson, the system achieved outstanding satisfaction scores for patients, physicians and employees – all in the 90th percentile and above.

The organization’s quality performance – as determined by compliance with core measure categories – was in the 99-100th percentile.

“We are excited that Carol will be joining our team at Saint Mary’s as the Chief Nursing Officer,” said McCoy. “The staff who met Carol during her interview were impressed with her commitment to providing safe, quality, and compassionate care for our patients.

Carol’s leadership experience and commitment to excellence will be an asset for Saint Mary’s.”

Prior to joining Northwest Health System, Gore was CNO for two years at Forrest City Medical Center in Arkansas, where she served in a variety of other nursing and leadership roles for 16 years. She was also a Nursing Instructor with Crowley’s Ridge Technical Institute.

Gore earned her associate’s degree in nursing from East Arkansas Community College, bachelor’s degree in nursing from South University, and master’s degree in business administration from Western Governors University.

Community activities have included the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and March of Dimes. She has also served as a volunteer for local high school track and cross country events.

Gore is married to husband Troy, and is the mother of three adult children. Colby, 29, lives in northwest Arkansas and works in the hospitality industry. Kelsey, 25, is an elementary school teacher in Mississippi, and Parker, 19, is a college sophomore. Gore and her husband will soon relocate to the Russellville area.