Laura Brower, a nursing executive with more than 30 years of experience, has been named Chief Nursing Officer at Georgia Regents Medical Center and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in the College of Nursing at Georgia Regents University.
Brower began her nursing career as a pediatric staff nurse at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and most recently served as Chief Nursing Executive for Methodist Healthcare System, in San Antonio, Texas, where she managed a team of 3,500 nurses at eight hospitals.
Other leadership positions include Director of Home Care, Hospice, and Private Duty Nursing; Vice President of Nursing Support and Clinical Services; and Chief Nursing Executive and Vice President for Professional Services during her 23 years at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, and 11 years as Office Manager for South Mississippi Home Health and Rehabilitation Agency in Hattiesburg.
Brower received both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg. She is the recipient of various awards, including the 1995 Top 40 Under 40 Business Award; and the 1992 Recruiter of the Year and 1996 Administrator of the Year awards from the Mississippi Nurses Association. She was named one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women in 2002 and Women of Success in 2008. Brower was inducted into the Mississippi Nurses Hall of Fame in 2010 and received the Excellence in Nursing Award from the San Antonio Medical Rotary Club in 2012.
She is a member of the Premier CNO Executive Board; American Organization of Nurse Executives; Texas Nurses Association; American College of Healthcare Executives; and Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. She also served nine years on the Mississippi Board of Nursing, including three as president.