Las Vegas, NV - Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to welcome Blake Romero, MSN, RN, NE-BC, as its new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). As CNO, Romero will provide nursing leadership throughout all areas of the hospital including women's services, critical care, medical/surgical and behavioral health

Romero is currently the CNO at Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport, Mississippi. During his two year tenure as CNO, Romero oversaw nursing operations which helped lead to increased patient satisfaction scores as well as increased employee engagement. Under his leadership, Garden Park was also ranked top hospital in Mississippi by the Lown Institute. Garden Park like Southern Hills Hospital is a part of HCA Healthcare.

"I am thrilled to welcome Blake to the Southern Hills family," said Alexis Mussi, Chief Executive Officer of Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center. "Blake brings more than 20 years of nursing experience and a wealth of knowledge. His passion for patient care as well as developing leaders will make him a valuable addition to our team."

Prior to Romero's position at Garden Park he served as Associate Administrator for Nursing Services at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Romero received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Excelsior College in Albany, New York and a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Management from Western Governors University.

"During my interview, I got a glimpse into the culture and patient care that Southern Hills provides the Las Vegas community and could see it was a hospital that works together to go above and beyond for everyone they serve," Romero said. "I am honored to join Southern Hills Hospital and look forward to helping them continue to achieve the highest quality outcomes."

Romero's official start date will be October 15th.