BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – June 19, 2014 – Paula Davenport, BSN, MS, CNOR was named chief nursing officer (CNO) at Princeton Baptist Medical Center effective June 18, 2014. The announcement was made today by Princeton Baptist President Betsy Postlethwait.
“We are very fortunate to have someone with Paula’s expertise and experience already on our team at Princeton Baptist and able to step into this important role,” said Postlethwait. “She is a highly skilled professional who has been an outstanding member of the Princeton team for many years. Her nursing expertise and leadership, combined with her knowledge of Princeton Baptist, its physicians and staff, make her an excellent choice as the hospital’s new CNO.”
“It is an honor to be selected to lead the outstanding nursing staff at Princeton Baptist,” Davenport said. “In addition to continuing to seek innovative ways to deliver quality care to our patients, one of my key goals will be to maintain the culture and legacy that, I believe, separates Princeton Baptist and Baptist Health System from other health care organizations.”
Davenport most recently served as interim chief nursing officer and, prior to that, served as executive director of nursing since 2009. She began her nursing career as a staff nurse in the Princeton Baptist operating room. Throughout her tenure, she has progressively assumed positions of greater responsibility and leadership in various areas of nursing, including the operating room, one day surgery, surgical intensive care, gastro/endoscopy lab, bariatric center, neuro intensive care and medical/surgical nursing units. She also played a significant role in the hospital’s three-year, $57-million construction and renovation project.
Davenport holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Samford University, and received a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Saint Francis in Joliet, Illinois. She is an active member of leading professional organizations, including the Alabama Organization of Nurse Executives and the Association of Peri-Operative Registered Nurses and is executive officer of the Birmingham Regional Organization of Nurse Leaders.
About Princeton Baptist Medical Center
Princeton Baptist Medical Center, a part of Baptist Health System, is a leader in health care excellence and has consistently been recognized as one of Birmingham, Alabama’s premier medical centers since 1922. Princeton is acclaimed nationally for its excellence in clinical care, and provides extraordinary patient experiences, while delivering the highest quality faith-based care across multiple specialties. Each year, approximately 13,000 patients are admitted and more than 40,000 patients are cared for in its 24-hour emergency department. Princeton consistently receives the highest scores of any hospital in Birmingham for quality and patient satisfaction. For additional information, please visit www.bhsala.com.
About Baptist Health System
Baptist Health System, a not-for-profit 501(c) corporation and one of the largest health care systems in Alabama, includes four medical centers, including Princeton (in Birmingham), Shelby (in Alabaster), Walker (in Jasper) and Citizens (in Talladega), as well as a network of primary- and specialty-care clinics. Our faith drives our commitment to deliver high-quality compassionate care, while our innovative approach and technologies advance value, safety and convenience in each patient experience. For additional information, please visit www.bhsala.com.