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Ellen Pitcher Joins St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands, Lakeside, and Springwoods Village Hospitals as Chief Nursing Officer

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Responsibilities Include Leading Patient Care Services Across All Three Hospitals


THE WOODLANDS, TX (August 19, 2019)CHI Texas Division announced today that Ellen Pitcher, RN, MSN, MBA, FACHE joined St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands, Lakeside, and Springwoods Village Hospitals as Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services.

“Ellen brings vast experience and expertise to her new role,” said Jim Parisi, president, St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands, Lakeside, and Springwoods Village Hospitals. “Her credentials and innovative contributions have proven incredibly valuable to the organizations she previously led. She is a dynamic leader who is deeply committed to her patients and the community, and we look forward to working with her to continue providing compassionate and high-quality care to residents across North Houston.”

Prior to joining St. Luke’s Health, Ellen was with Pitts Management Associates, a healthcare consulting and executive staffing firm. She also served as Interim Chief Nursing and Chief Operating Officer at El Paso Children’s Hospital, where she designed and implemented an efficient organizational structure and quality patient safety programs turning around the 122-bed, not-for-profit hospital as it emerged from bankruptcy. Ellen also served as Chief Nursing Officer for 11 years at Baylor, Scott and White Health making significant improvements to patient satisfaction, productivity and staff retention rates.

She holds a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University, a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University.

About St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital

The Woodlands Hospital provides high quality, compassionate care for residents of The Woodlands and surrounding areas. It is a 242-bed hospital that offers the latest in diagnostic, medical and surgical services, including cardiology, neurosciences and stroke care, orthopedics, bariatric, wound care, rehabilitation, surgery, women's health and emergency care.

About the CHI Texas Division

The CHI Texas Division, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), is comprised of three markets―in Houston, St. Luke’s Health (St. Luke’s) is home to eight hospitals, eight emergency centers, Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Radiation & CyberKnife Center, and numerous Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group locations throughout Greater Houston; St. Luke’s Health Memorial (three hospitals and a long-term acute care facility in East Texas); and St. Joseph Health (five hospitals and several St. Joseph Medical Group locations across Brazos Valley). In addition, St. Luke’s flagship hospital, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center, is a part of a joint venture agreement with Baylor College of Medicine. Together, St. Luke’s and Baylor College of Medicine are transforming healthcare delivery with a mission to usher in a new era of healthcare to create healthier communities. For more information, visit


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