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2016 Panelist: Kristin Wolkart

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Kristin Wolkart, RN, MHA, NEA-BC, PMP is the President and CEO of St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.

Kristin’s tenure with the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System began in 1995 at St. Elizabeth Hospital where she held various administrative level positions including Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services through August 2007.

In August of 2007, Kristin became the Chief Nursing Information Officer for the health system with a primary focus on streamlining electronic health record adoption strategies for clinicians across the health system in order to increase efficiency, quality, and safety.  Additionally the CNIO role assisted hospital executives across the health system in achieving Stage 1 meaningful use of electronic health records.

In January 2013, Kristin took on the role of Director of Special Projects reporting to John J. Finan, President/CEO of FMOLHS.  This unique development opportunity allowed Kristin to learn a wide array of health systems operations while working on individual projects assigned over the course of the year.

In April of 2014, Kristin’s role again changed and she became the COO of St. Francis Medical Center.  In December of that same year she was named as the President and CEO at St. Francis.

Kristin is an active board member on the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, University of Louisiana Monroe Foundation, Northern Louisiana Physician Hospital Organization, Northeast Louisiana Cancer Institute, P&S Surgical Hospital, as well as St. Francis Medical Center and St. Francis Medical Center Foundation.

Kristin has been a Registered Nurse since 1991and is a 1991 graduate of LSUMC School of Nursing in New Orleans with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, and 2004 graduate of Kennedy-Western University with a Master's in Healthcare Administration.

Kristin is board certified as a Nurse Executive, Advanced through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In 2010 she became a Certified Green Belt in Six Sigma and a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute.

Kristin has been married to Ross Wolkart for 25 years, and has a 22 year old son, Taylor Wolkart, attending LSU in Baton Rouge.