Tracy E. Williams, DNP, R.N., was promoted to her current role in December 2006 after serving as vice president and system chief nursing officer since May 2005. Williams oversees all nursing and management of care functions for Norton Healthcare’s adult-service hospitals, Norton Immediate Care Centers and physician practices. Her areas of accountability within Norton Healthcare have included quality, care management, service excellence, project management, clinical information analysis, emergency services, the organization’s integration and alignment agenda, women’s services, nursing informatics, nursing systems, Norton Clinical Agency, the Norton Healthcare Institute for Nursing and the overall development of nursing staff and leadership throughout the organization.
Williams’ professional background includes 15 years as vice president and senior nurse executive for Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Fla. A native of Virginia, she began her career in the pediatric intensive care unit of Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, and later held several nursing management positions, culminating in the nurse administrator role at HCA Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond before joining Norton Healthcare.
Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., a master’s degree in nursing from Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and a doctorate in nursing practice, specializing in executive leadership, from Rush University in Chicago.
Williams has been recognized as a Business First Partner in Health Care from 2007 through 2012. In 2011, Williams received HCPro’s prestigious Nursing Image Award for her action-oriented leadership in implementing a culture centered on patients and their families. The Florida Nurses Association named Williams one of District II’s 100 best nurses in 2000 and District II Nurse Administrator of the Year in 1996. She is a frequent national speaker on nursing, health care, innovation and leadership topics. She is active in many professional organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives, National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. A 1994 graduate of Leadership Louisville, Williams currently serves on the boards of the Fund for the Arts, the Kids Center and SOAR.