Slidell Memorial Hospital Selects Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Financial Officer

Slidell Memorial Hospital (SMH) has selected Kimberly Walker as chief nursing officer and Patrick Bolander as chief financial officer.

Walker most recently served as the chief nursing officer since 2018 at St. Joseph Hospital in Tucson, Ariz. Under Walker’s leadership in Tucson, the hospital accomplished the implementation of a virtual patient sitter platform, reduction of overall nurse employee turnover, and developed a nursing shared governance program led by unit-based councils.   

“I am excited to begin this new journey, and I hope to make a positive impact on not only my fellow team members but the community as a whole,” said Walker.

Walker earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Millersville University, as well as a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, and she is currently enrolled in a Master of Business Administration program at Grand Canyon University. 

Under terms of the Joint Operating Agreement between SMH and Ochsner Health, Bolander is now the CFO of the Slidell division, including SMH, Ochsner Medical Center – Northshore, and related clinics and outpatient facilities. In this position, Bolander will report to Badinger.

Bolander most recently served as the chief financial officer at HighPoint Health Systems (LifePoint), a four-hospital system in Gallatin, Tenn.

“I have already learned so much from the Slidell Memorial and Ochsner – Northshore teams,” said Bolander. “I look forward to helping further improve the quality of healthcare for the Slidell community, supporting our caregivers, and ensuring our position for growth to continue to meet the health needs of the region.”

Bolander earned a Master of Business Administration degree from East Tennessee State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Indiana State University.

Prior to his work at HighPoint, Bolander was also CFO at East Cooper Medical Center (Tenet Health) in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Indiana University Health  (Methodist & University Hospitals) in Indianapolis; Johnson City Medical Center (Mountain States Health Alliance) in Johnson City, Tenn.; and other hospitals in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia.