With more than 20 years administrative experience in the healthcare industry, Dr. Hollis Hamilton has held top positions in Texas, North Carolina and Ohio. Her accomplishments include serving as Director of Nursing at Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas, TX), President of HMI, Inc. (Denver, NC), Vice President and Hospital Administrator of the Carolinas Healthcare System (Charlotte, NC) and Director of Nursing Administration Services and Emergency Department at University of Toledo Medical Center.

A well-known healthcare professional, Dr. Hamilton has also independently consulted for three major rehabilitation centers and hospitals in Missouri and Texas. Prior to her administrative roles, she worked as a Registered Nurse, Clinical Manager of Spinal Cord Injury in an Orthopedic Unit, Cardiac/Telemetry Nurse, and a Registered Respiratory Therapist.

Her education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences from The University of Toledo; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Medical College Ohio; a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from Texas Women’s University; a Master of Science in Nursing degree in CNS Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Texas; and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from The University of Toledo. Dr. Hamilton holds certifications as a CITI; ANCC Nurse Executive NE-BC; FEMA Incident Command System 100, 200, 300 and 400; BLS, ACLS and PALS; NBRC Registered Respiratory Therapist; Licensed Registered Nurse; and Advanced Nurse Practitioner.

As the Dean of the Lourdes University College of Nursing, Dr. Hamilton has led the way in the pedagogy and establishment of nursing programs that meet the needs of today’s nursing student and employers. Her accomplishments include creating a direct admissions process for nursing student applicants, a Flexible BSN program, and initiating a DNP program. Under her management, the College of Nursing successfully received five-year approval status with no provisions from the Ohio Board of Nursing. In addition to her management duties, she is an Assistant Professor in the Masters and Undergraduate Nursing Programs.

Dr. Hamilton has authored several articles and publications and has presented on various topics in four states. In this capacity, she has educated colleagues and healthcare professionals about leadership behaviors, spinal cord injury, geriatric rehabilitation, rehabilitative nursing, domestic violence and child and elder abuse. For her work, she has received several awards including the Outstanding Psychosocial Nurse Award from The University of Toledo and Outstanding Achievement Award by the Ohio Mental Health Society. Most recently, she was nominated for the National Educator with the ATI Nurse’s Touch Award.

An American College of Healthcare Executive since 1993, Dr. Hamilton is also a member of the Emergency Nurses Association and the Medical Group Management Association. She has served as President-Elect, President and a Board of Director of the Northeast Texas Chapter of the Association of Rehabilitation Nursing. Active in the community, Dr. Hamilton has provided health intervention for the homeless through St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Cherry Street Mission in Toledo, and assisted in caring for rehabilitating wild animals and birds at Nature’s Nursery.

At Lourdes University, Dr. Hamilton has taught several courses including mental health nursing, community nursing, leadership, evidence based practice, information systems, organizational behavior, nursing policy and finance. She also serves as a capstone advisor, provides leadership for the RN to BSN/MSN bridge program, and is a Clinical Instructor for undergraduate Psych, Community and Med Surgical Committees.