Laurie Bigham, RN
Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
Ms. Bigham ensures that nursing has support and a voice at the highest level of the company, serving as a liaison to facility Chief Nursing Officers and providing leadership associated with direct patient care activities, clinical education and development.
Previously, Ms. Bigham served vice president of clinical projects, where she helped guide the implementation of strategic business and IT initiatives.
A nurse leader with more than 20 years of management experience, Ms. Bigham previously served as chief nursing officer of 318-bed Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In this role, she restructured clinical and patient care operations, improving quality outcomes and financial performance. Prior to joining the Ardent system in 2011, she held a variety of nursing leadership roles within both Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West) in Pasadena, California, and Citrus Valley Health Partners in Covina, California.
Ms. Bigham earned an MBA from the University of Memphis and undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Tennessee at Memphis. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.