Sharon Gates, RN, recently accepted the role of Chief Nursing Officer at Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

Sharon has served as Associate Chief Nursing Officer for the hospital since 2009. She officially starts in her new role on June 18, replacing John Marker, RN, who served as Chief Nursing Officer for the hospital since 2009. In April, John transitioned to a Chief Nursing Officer position at an HCA Healthcare hospital in Texas. HCA Healthcare is Women’s & Children’s parent company.

As Chief Nursing Officer, Sharon’s duties include recruitment and retention of quality nursing staff, providing leadership and guidance to the nursing staff as well as participation in the development of hospital policies and contributing to the overall strategic management of the facility.

“I am excited to start this new chapter with the amazing team at Women’s & Children’s Hospital,” Sharon said. “Together, we will continue to set our facility apart with a culture of excellence and interdisciplinary collaboration focused on the highest quality care for Acadiana’s women and children.”

Sharon earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UL Lafayette in 1989 and a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix in Lafayette in 2011. She worked as a staff nurse in the former University Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit from 1989 to 1993 and again from 1995 to 2004. From 1993 to 1995, Sharon worked as Director of Women’s & Children’s Services at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center.

Sharon joined the Women’s & Children’s Hospital family in 2004, serving as Director of Neonatal Services and later Director of Well Baby Nursery, Postpartum, GYN and Lactation, taking one year off in 2006 to work as a Nursing Instructor at Louisiana Technical College in Lafayette.

“Sharon is a proven, personable and driven leader who continues to build and lead a strong team that works together daily to deliver the highest quality patient care for Acadiana families,” said Leona Boullion, FACHE, Women’s & Children’s Hospital interim Chief Executive Officer. “Her depth of knowledge and deep commitment to family-focused care make her an excellent fit for our innovative, patient-focused environment.”