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St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center


St. Joseph’s appoints Gillham to Executive Director of Inpatient Services position


HOT SPRINGS, AR. – Kim Gillham, RN, BSN, recently accepted the Executive Director of Inpatient Services position at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center.

Most recently, Gillham, who has been with St. Joseph’s since 1993, spent the last year and a half as the manager of the Maternal Child Unit. Prior to that, she spent seven years working at the Mercy Pregnancy Care Clinic in the Mercy Women’s Center. She has also worked in the Labor and Delivery Department of the Maternal Child Unit and in Women’s Services.


“We are so excited to have Kim in her new role as the Executive Director of Inpatient Services,” said Michele Diedrich, RN, BSN, MA, Assistant Vice President of Patient Care Services-Chief Nursing Officer. “She is extremely focused on the satisfaction and safety of patients, co-workers and physicians. She did an outstanding job as the manager of the Maternal Child Unit and we look forward to her continued success in her new role.”

Gillham graduated from National Park Community College in 1994 with an associate degree in nursing. She then secured a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2002.


“I feel very privileged to have been appointed to my current position,” Gillham said. “It is giving me a lot more insight on how all of the inpatient units run, including the specialty units. I’m also getting to know a lot of the leaders in management and they are all so wonderful and supportive. I am working in what is absolutely a great environment, and you don’t find that everywhere.”

Gillham and her husband, Rusty, reside in Hot Springs along with their two daughters and son – 23-year-old Crystal, 16-year-old Tiffany and 19-year-old Zack.


“St. Joseph’s is the only place I have ever worked as a nurse, and from what I hear it is the only place I would ever want to work,” Gillham said. “As a co-worker at St. Joseph’s, you are expected to treat both patients and fellow co-workers safely and with the utmost of respect. That’s so different from most situations I hear about. It’s a whole different world here at St. Joseph’s, and that is a very good thing.”

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