Two health care leaders have been appointed to executive roles for the UT Health San Antonio Multispecialty and Research Hospital. The new hospital, currently under construction, will offer leading cancer treatment and specialties including neurosciences, orthopaedics, urology, thoracic surgery and bariatrics to residents of South Texas.
Jeremy Viles, DNP, MBA, RN, NE-BC, was appointed as the hospital’s inaugural chief operating officer, effective Jan. 3.
Viles will collaborate with clinical chairs and operational leaders to ensure coordinated patient care. He also will lead initiatives to establish sound operations that support exceptional patient service, faculty and staff satisfaction, clinical quality outcomes, growth and volume management and financial performance.
Viles has made invaluable contributions in his roles at UT Health San Antonio as assistant vice president for hospital planning, chief nursing officer of the Mays Cancer Center and assistant dean of clinical practice in the UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing, said Jeffery Flowers, chief executive officer of the UT Health San Antonio Multispecialty and Research Hospital.
“With a strong record of successes in recruitment and operational improvements, along with a servant’s heart and deep commitment to collaboration, Jeremy is supremely suited to lead as our hospital’s first COO,” he said.
Nancy Doolittle, DNP, MBA, BS, RN, NE-BC, was appointed as the inaugural chief nursing officer for the UT Health San Antonio Multispecialty and Research Hospital, effective Jan. 23.
Doolittle assumes the responsibilities of the hospital’s nursing and clinical departments, establishing and upholding quality standards, fostering cooperative working relationships and developing policies and procedures in accordance with all regulatory requirements.
She is a board-certified nurse executive and joins the UT Health San Antonio community from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia, where she served as vice president of emergency and critical care services. While there, she oversaw a 52-bed emergency department.
She led its $140 million expansion construction project, deployed an Intermediate Care Unit to meet the increasing needs of COVID-19 patients, received the American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines – Resuscitation Gold Achievement Award, supported the professional development and growth of internal leaders and fostered a culture of quality, safety and service, Flowers said.
Prior to her role at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Doolittle worked at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center in Marietta, Georgia, in the roles of executive director of nursing of emergency services and executive director of nursing of the Clinical Decision Unit. She also held directorship positions at TriHealth Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio; Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio; and Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Ohio, in addition to a myriad of leadership roles throughout her nursing career.
She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Waynesburg University, her Master of Science in nursing and Master of Business Administration/Health Care Management from the University of Phoenix, and her Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Science in integrated life sciences with a psychology minor from Kent State University.
“Doolittle is a collaborative, transformational executive known for analyzing opportunities from all perspectives and ensuring nursing excellence that positively influences all aspects of patient care,” Flowers said. “She will transfer her experience, education and strategic leadership to create a supportive working environment and implement best practices for delivering high-quality, safe patient care that is reflective of the exemplary, patient and family-based care UT Health San Antonio promises its patients.”