Susan Cooper, MSN, RN, FAAN, joined Regional Medical Center in the position of Chief Integration Officer and Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Services in January. In this role, Cooper will be instrumental in furthering Regional Medical Center’s mission to improve the health and well-being of the community while focusing on the healthcare delivery model of the future, including a shift from care provided in the hospital to care in the community through a system of ambulatory services to meet the individual’s health needs.
Appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen in 2007, Cooper served as the Commissioner of the Department of Health, State of Tennessee, for five years. In 2011, Cooper transitioned to the Governor’s Office, working on health and wellness related special projects. Before joining state government, Cooper was a faculty member and assistant dean at Vanderbilt's School of Nursing. Cooper began her career as a nurse specializing in emergency and intensive care. Cooper earned her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.