Pictured: Kristi Gillespi MS, RN. PMHD PHOTO

Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District
Selects New Chief Nursing Officer

Local Valley native gets nod for Top Nurse slot at PMHD 

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

(BRAWLEY, CA.–) Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District, an Affiliate of the Scripps Health Network is pleased to announce that Kristi Gillespie MS, RN from Holtville, CA. has been named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District.

The CNO is the top nursing leadership role at Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District. Gillespie is responsible for all nursing functions, from inpatient services to outpatient surgery, emergency, and oncology.

An employee at the Pioneers Memorial since 2010, Gillespie has assumed increasing leadership responsibility since joining the staff. She most recently served as the Director of Medical Surgical Services and was the Interim Chief Nursing Officer the last year. “Kristi’s extensive management experience and demonstrated leadership at Pioneers Memorial made her the natural top choice,” said CEO Larry Lewis. “Born and raised here in the Imperial Valley, she is knowledgeable, collaborative, and passionate about our patients and staff.”

In addition to her nursing credentials, Gillespie holds a Master of Science Degree, in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Leadership & Management. Previously, she has worked as a Registered Nurse in the Medical Surgical, Definitive Observation and Intensive Care Units at Pioneers Memorial where she was responsible for the total care of adults with medical, surgical, neurological, and cardiac disorders.

Gillespie stated that she accepted the CNO post because of the rich tradition of nursing and compassionating service that is a hallmark at Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District in Brawley. “I have never worked with a more skilled and compassionate team—we’re just one big family that cares about our patients” she said.

Ms. Gillespie resides in the City of Holtville and is married with three children.

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