Carol Smith

Carol Smith, RN, MBA, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President, Acute Care and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
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Carol Smith is Senior Vice President, Acute Care and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Tift Regional Health System (TRHS).  She has been with TRHS since 2013. 

TRHS is a leading health care provider serving 12 counties in South Central Georgia.  Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC), the flagship hospital for TRHS, is a 181-bed regional referral center offering signature services in surgery, oncology, cardiovascular care, women’s health and more.  TRHS comprises of TRMC and the TRMC West Campus in Tifton, Cook Medical Center and Cook Senior Living Center in Adel and Tift Regional Physician Group with clinics located throughout the region.  TRHS is also a founding partner of Stratus Healthcare and Care Alliance ACO.

Carol is responsible for nursing practice, nursing administration and bedside care at TRHS.  She provides executive oversight for the system’s nursing management, inpatient units, cardiovascular services, sleep lab, respiratory care, radiology services, emergency care and service excellence program. 

Before joining Tift Regional, Carol worked as a healthcare consultant with Compass Clinical Consulting in Cincinnati, OH.  Prior to her consulting role, Carol served in executive leadership roles at hospitals including Cooley Dickinson Healthcare Corporation in Northhampton, MA; King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, KY; Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia, GA; and, Memorial Health University Medical Center and Candler General Hospital in Savannah, GA.  

Carol is a registered nurse who is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive, Advanced.  She is actively involved with numerous professional associations.  Carol holds a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia Southern University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Armstrong State University.  She completed a Fellowship with the Johnson & Johnson-Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives at the Wharton School and Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics of the University of Pennsylvania. 

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