La Porte and Starke Names Chief Nursing Officer

La Porte and Starke Names Chief Nursing Officer

Keith Nichols, CEO for Northwest Health – La Porte and Northwest Health - Starke, has appointed Scott Ellis, DNP, MBA, BSB, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, CVRN-BC as its Chief Nursing Officer. 

Ellis holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from South Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He received a Doctor of Nursing Practice: Nurse Executive Leadership and Innovation degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina and his MBA from Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Oklahoma. With more than 20 years of healthcare experience, Ellis most recently served as the Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa and prior to that, as the Director of Patient Care at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights in Houston, Texas.

As the Chief Nursing Officer at both La Porte and Starke hospitals, Ellis will oversee all nursing departments, pharmacy, lab and the Northwest Health Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss program.

“We are happy to welcome Scott aboard. He comes to us with extensive experience in developing and growing new nursing services. He also has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities focused on delivering outstanding patient experience while fostering a positive nursing culture,” said Nichols. 

Ellis replaces former Antra Jones who serves as the Chief Nursing Officer at Northwest Health – Porter.