Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer

Live in a beautiful
community and lead a growing healthcare system

UNC Rex Healthcare has exclusively retained Kirby Bates Associates to identify their next Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).

UNC REX Healthcare, a member of the UNC Health system, is a 716-bed private not-for-profit health care system which includes UNC REX Hospital, the North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital, the UNC REX Cancer Center (opened 3/1/22), REX Holly Springs Hospital (opened 11/1/21), five wellness centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and urgent care centers.

UNC REX is located in one of the fastest growing regions of the country.  Per year, REX averages 30,000 inpatient discharges, 5,000 births, over 50,000 surgeries and procedures and 65,000 ED visits.  These numbers are rapidly increasing with the opening of their second hospital and continued community growth.


  • UNC REX Healthcare earned the 2021 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Quality and Safety and has received this recognition every year since its inception in 2012.
  • CMS 5-star quality rating for Rex Hospital and two skilled nursing facilities
  • Newsweek Magazine included UNC REX on its ranking of the “World’s Best Hospitals” and the “Best Maternity Care Hospitals” for 2021.
  • Four-time Magnet designation

Opportunity Highlights: 

  • Join a growing organization with plans for: a new main campus tower, expansion of Holly Springs Hospital and increasing access to care for patients across the region.
  • Oversee all aspects of nursing operations across UNC REX entities with a focus on developing and retaining teammates and supporting the creation of a new robust people strategy.
  • Maintain/continue to improve performance on key metrics with a focus on quality, safety, and the patient experience.
  • Direct the delivery of efficient, economic, quality patient care consistent with current evidence-based research as well as regulatory standards.
  • Collaborate with the interprofessional team in developing, implementing, and monitoring organization-wide performance improvement activities.
  • Bring innovation and knowledge of contemporary practices in health care to UNC REX.


  • Ten years of progressively responsible leadership experience.
  • Bachelor’s and master’s degree required, one of which must be in Nursing.
  • Ability to work in matrix reporting structure.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact:

Wendy Siegel                                                Peggy Loughery

Senior Executive Recruiter                     Senior Vice President Search Services                       

 *Kirby Bates Associates is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all of our associates.