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Meet CNO Kim Varnado

Kim Varnado, RN, BSN is the Chief Nursing Officer at Hancock Medical Center. She grew up in Picayune and most recently worked as the CNO at Highland Community Hospital in Picayune. Prior to that, she worked in the Ochsner Health System at Ochsner Medical Center Northshore.

Varnado has over 23 years of nursing and progressive leadership experience. She has served in both Administrative and Clinical leadership roles. Her past areas of accountability include Nursing Services, Case Management, Quality and Risk, and Patient Advocacy. She has overseen multiple service lines – including Cardiology, ICU, Day Surgery, PACU, and Infusion Services.

A graduate of Picayune Memorial High School, Varnado completed her Associate Degree in Nursing from Pearl River Community College, and her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Phoenix in 2013. She is a graduate of the Pearl River County Partners in Leadership and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing.

“It’s an exciting time to join Hancock Medical,” she said. “We have opportunities every day to make a difference in the lives of our patients and in our community.”

Varnado is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Mississippi Nurses Association, the Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA) and the MHA Organization of Nurse Executives.

She is married to Ryan and they have two children. She is enjoying getting to know Hancock County and the residents served at Hancock Medical.

“Kim is a dedicated nursing professional, committed to quality patient care, and developing the clinical excellence of our staff,” said CEO Alan Hodges. “I am very excited to welcome her to our team here at Hancock Medical Center.”

Hancock Medical is a not-for-profit hospital managed by the Ochsner Health System and is accredited by The Joint Commission. A dedicated group of more than 100 physicians representing a broad spectrum of medical specialties make up the hospital’s active and consulting medical staffs. Combined with the dedication of more than 300 professional staff members, the Hancock Medical health care team strives to provide the highest quality medical care for the communities it serves. The hospital mission is to be the community’s health resource.

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