Bobbie K. Ware, has been named chief executive officer of Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. In 2007, Ware was promoted to Mississippi Baptist Health Systems chief nursing officer. Along with those duties, she was promoted to the Baptist Medical Center chief operating officer in 2016.
“This new role is important to continue developing a local strategic vision and policies for the hospital,” said Chris Anderson, former Mississippi Baptist Health Systems president and CEO, who has been appointed vice president of Mississippi operations for the combined Baptist Memorial Health Care system.
For the first time, a registered nurse will serve as Baptist Medical Center’s top executive, and Anderson points to Ware’s nursing skills and leadership experience as significant benefits to the hospital.
“Bobbie is a strong and experienced executive with a great passion for Baptist and our mission. Patient care is the main factor in every decision she makes,” said Anderson. “Bobbie has developed a second-to-none nursing and clinical team and supports an environment that promotes exceptional patient care.”
Ware,MHSA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, an Oxford native, began her career in 1987 as a critical care staff nurse at the Oxford-Lafayette County Hospital. While in nursing school, she conducted her clinical rotations at Baptist Medical Center and returned there to become an operating room nurse in 1989. Since 1991, she has served in leadership positions at Baptist Medical Center, including director of home care, director of Baptist Cancer Services and vice president of patient care operations.
Ware said she believes using a multidisciplinary team approach and evidence-based practices are essential for high-quality patient care.
“I knew Baptist was a special place once I completed my clinical rotations here. After leaving Jackson for a brief time, I came back to be a nurse at Baptist,” Ware added. “Patient care is of utmost importance, and to support this practice, we look at synergies among all the professions in the patient care settings for input on how to best care for patients.”
Under Ware’s leadership, in March 2017, Baptist Medical Center received the nation’s top honor for nursing excellence, called Magnet™. Only 7 percent of hospitals in America have been granted Magnet recognition, and Baptist is the only hospital in Mississippi to receive this designation. The Magnet Recognition Program® is given by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center, an affiliate of the American Nurses Association.