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CHRISTUS St. Michael Chief Nursing Officer Awarded Doctorate August 22, 2018

Louise Thornell

Texarkana – CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System leader Louise Thornell, PhD, MsBA, RN, NE-BC, VP/Chief Nursing Officer for CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, earned her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing with specialization in Public Health Policy from Walden University after the publication of her dissertation concerning "A Community Oriented Solution to Access to Care."

Dr. Thornell’s research topic focused on access to care and her research included a single case study that describes the 12 -year journey of two adjoining rural counties (Bowie and Miller) in two states towards meeting the primary and specialty care needs of the uninsured and the under-insured population.

Louise Thornell was selected as Vice President/Chief Nurse Officer for CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in May 2016 and has more than 32 years of health care and nursing experience. She served as interim CNO from October 2015 prior to being named VP/CNO in 2016. With more than 17 years of administrative management, Dr. Thornell shares her experience and a track record of impressive nursing achievements. She holds a BSN from University of Texas at Arlington, an MS in Business Administration from Texas A&M University-Texarkana, an MSN from Walden University, and has recently completed her PhD through Walden University.

“Dr. Thornell represents the very best of the spirit, determination and dedication to serving this community that can be found at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System,” said Jason Rounds, Interim President/CEO of CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System. “She is a wonderful leader at this organization and has the respect of her peers and the gratitude of our patients. This accomplishment will directly benefit the people of Texarkana, Atlanta and the surround area, and we could not be more proud of her efforts.”

Previously Service Line Director for Emergency, Trauma and Nursing Services at CHRISTUS St. Michael, Thornell has served as interim CNE since October of 2015. In her former role, she was part of the nursing leadership team that helped CHRISTUS St. Michael achieve Magnet® recognition by the American Nursing Credentialing Center, a designation held by only 10% of U.S. hospitals. Among other achievements, Thornell directed efforts for CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System to be certified as a Level III Trauma Center for the States of Arkansas and Texas.

""One of my inspirations is a verse by Neale Donald Walsch that reads 'life begins at the end of your comfort zone,'” said the newly minted Dr. Thornell. “I believe I was inspired to complete the most challenging task I have ever embraced because I was passionate about the wonderful work that has been done in our community. The work has involved many people and the unending vision of a relentless visionary leader who wanted to provide a medical home for all in his community."

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CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System is nestled within over 128 acres of oak, pine, and dogwood trees along Interstate 30 in Texarkana, Texas. Its central location in Northeast Texas allows CHRISTUS St. Michael to serve residents of Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System includes a 311-bed acute care hospital, the 50-bed CHRISTUS St. Michael Rehabilitation Hospital, the 43-bed CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital – Atlanta, the W. Temple Webber Cancer Center, CHRISTUS St. Michael Imaging Center, CHRISTUS St. Michael Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, CHRISTUS St. Michael Day Rehabilitation; CHRISTUS St. Michael Wound Care Center; CHRISTUS St. Michael Health & Fitness Center, CHRISTUS St. Michael Outpatient Rehabilitation Center – Atlanta, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health & Fitness Center-Atlanta, and more.

Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston and San Antonio and the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, our mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to every individual we serve.