Carol N. Emery DNP, RN, CENP

Carol Emery DNP, RN, CENP joined the Executive Team at Knox Community Hospital as the Chief Nursing Officer in February 2019. Before joining Knox Community Hospital, Dr. Emery was the Chief Nursing Officer at Southern Illinois Healthcare, Director of Nursing at Middle Park Health in Colorado, and a supervisor within the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has a strong commitment to family and community with a focus on empowering healthcare workers to provide patient-centered care through use of evidence-based practices.

Dr. Emery has served as a resource for other nursing administrators in the areas of staff engagement and patient quality outcomes through use quality strategies such as Lean. She has been responsible for enhancement of communication between departments such as nursing, physicians, therapies, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, nutrition, and other patient care areas through implementation of TeamSTEPPS and shared governance best practices. In addition, she has developed numerous patient care programs such as Diabetes Population Healthcare, Intravenous Access, and an Outpatient Infusion Center. She has had multiple successful outcomes with Accreditations for Chest Pain, Diabetes, Bariatric, and Joint Commission Accreditations including disease specific for Orthopedics and Stroke.

She describes her professional experience as one in which she has utilized her diverse experience across the healthcare continuum to strategically improve safety, quality, experience, and cost of healthcare. Dr. Emery further explains her leadership philosophy as reaching for the STARS (Situational, Transformational, Authentic, Reality-Based, Servant leadership).  

Dr. Emery received, cum laude, her undergraduate and graduate degrees through McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. She graduated June 2019 with distinction from Capella University with her Doctor of Nursing Practice. She has maintained her clinical skills through recent practice at the bedside in a level four trauma certified critical access hospital. She is a member of the American Organization of Nursing Leadership, the Ohio Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Association. Dr. Emery is Certified in Executive Nursing Practice with over 20 years of experience in healthcare.