Eastside Medical Center has announced the appointment of the hospital’s new Chief Nursing Officer, Tracey Smithson, who officially assumed the role mid-December.
In her new role as Chief Nursing Officer, Smithson will be responsible for overseeing numerous nursing departments including women’s services, the surgical unit, intensive care unit, palliative care unit, physician order entry, nursing education, the nurse residency program, and the nursing clinical excellence program. Smithson will focus on implementing skills labs for all nursing staff within her first 60 days at the hospital, working toward consistently enhancing the patient experience. Smithson will also review quality data, with a specific area of focus on falls prevention patient safety.
Smithson comes to Eastside with more than 25 years of nursing experience. Prior to joining Eastside, Tracey served as the chief nursing officer of Medical City North Hills hospital in North Richland Hills, Texas, for over five years. Prior to her role as chief nursing officer, Smithson served in a number of positions at Medical City North Hills including the director of education, director of medical surgical services, and assistant vice president of nursing. Smithson began her career as a charge nurse at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
“Tracey comes to Eastside with a tremendous track record of success and an energy to continue to drive our mission,” said Trent Lind, Chief Executive Officer at Eastside Medical Center. “The successes that Tracey has experienced throughout her career align directly with the vision that Eastside has for the future in regards to continuing to build a health system of excellence and directly impacting the patient experience at our hospital.”
Smithson received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. Smithson is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at Chamberlain College of Nursing with a projected graduation date in 2019.
Smithson has been recognized for her many accomplishments which include receiving the DFW Great 100 Nurses Award and North Hills Nurse Leader of the Year Award. Tracey is a member of many professional associations including an active role as a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).