Terri M. Lewis has been named Vice President of
Emergency Services for North Oaks Health System effective Dec. 24.
In her expanded role, Lewis will add oversight of
North Oaks Medical Center’s
Level II Trauma Center program, the emergency department and employed emergency department physicians
to her current responsibilities of managing surgical services.
A veteran North Oaks leader, Lewis joined the organization as a staff RN
in 1981. She was promoted to head nurse of the surgery unit in 1984, and
with the 1985 opening of the
same day surgery unit, she handled developing policies and procedures, hiring staff and
devising the quality improvement plan for the new area. In 1993, Lewis
was promoted to vice president of surgical services and gained responsibility
for all peri-operative services. In 2008, anesthesia services were added
to the surgical services division.
In her various roles, Lewis has been an integral part of the design and
operation of the expanded inpatient and outpatient surgical and anesthesia
areas at North Oaks. She helped to facilitate the successful launch of the
EPIC electronic health record in 2013. Her focus on safety and patient experience resulted in the division
exceeding infection prevention goals, as well as significant and sustained
gains in patients’ ratings of their care. In addition to mentoring
an expert leadership team, she lectures on professional development for
nurses in the ever-changing world of health care.
In recognition of her performance excellence, Lewis was named director
of the year in 1995 and received the Continued Excellence Award in 2011.
Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana
University. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Association
of Operating Room Nurses and the Tangipahoa District Nurses Association.
“My career at North Oaks has allowed me to grow as a medical professional
and follow my passion for helping others. I am beyond thrilled by this
opportunity,” Lewis affirms.
The North Oaks Medical Center Level II Trauma Center provides immediate,
lifesaving care for injured patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for
Region 9 of the state, which includes Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Helena,
St. Tammany and Washington parishes. Trauma/critical care surgeons and
specially trained nursing teams are available in-house 24/7 to treat trauma
cases, including, but not limited to: falls, motor vehicle crashes and
sports injuries. Emergency medicine physicians,
radiologists, as well as
ear, nose and throat surgeons also provide coverage.