Effective January 1, 2022, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Michelle Powell, MSN, MBA, RN, APRN, will assume the position of Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Jefferson Regional. The current CNO, Louise Hickman, RN, BSN, MA, CLNC, will move into the role of Chief Clinical Officer.

Powell has been with Jefferson Regional for 23 years and has served as Assistant CNO for three years. Hickman has served as CNO for 18 years, and in her new position, she will hold administrative responsibility for Surgical Services, Cardiology/Cath Lab, Pharmacy, and the School of Nursing.

“It is such an honor to work with both of these talented healthcare professionals, and to see the progression of their careers,” said Brian Thomas, President & CEO of Jefferson Regional. “Louise Hickman has guided our nursing program to new heights, and Michelle has been working closely with Louise during one of the most challenging times in healthcare history. Both have proven themselves to be examples of excellence in our field, and I am looking forward to seeing their contributions in the future.”