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About Brookwood Baptist Health

We’re a community built on care.

Formerly Brookwood Medical Center and Baptist Health System, Brookwood Baptist Health unifies two of the largest resources for high-quality, affordable healthcare for the citizens of Central Alabama. With roots extending nearly a century, the network’s community of care is comprised of five acute care hospitals with more than 1,700 licensed beds: Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Shelby Baptist Medical Center, Walker Baptist Medical Center and Citizens Baptist Medical Center.

Brookwood Baptist Health also provides patients with the largest primary care network in the state, which includes approximately 60 primary and specialty care clinics; approximately 1,500 affiliated physicians; and nearly 7,300 employees. Through innovative and compassionate patient care, our collective effort will strengthen our mission to empower our communities to live happier, healthier lives.

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We customize treatments and services based on the needs of each patient, backed by a large network of resources, expertise, innovation and locations. When you come through our doors, you become part of our life and our stories. And by getting to know us, you’ll experience the compassion of doctors, nurses, therapists, and volunteers who are here because we love helping people. Your health matters to us. We’re a community built on care.

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Princeton Baptist Medical Center Names Van McGrue, RN, MSN, DNP, as Chief Nursing Officer

Dec 1, 2020

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – Princeton Baptist Medical Center today announced Van McGrue, RN, MSN, DNP, has been named chief nursing officer (CNO). Most recently, McGrue served as CNO of Citizens Baptist Medical Center, also within the Brookwood Baptist Health System.

Van McGrueA nurse executive with more than 25 years’ experience, McGrue has held a number of managerial and director roles in both private and public healthcare. She began her career in Talladega in 1992 at the Northeast Alabama Kidney Clinic and previously worked for Citizens Baptist Medical Center for several years in the late 1990’s.

Following a decade in private healthcare administration with oversight of territories from Alabama to Georgia, as well as Tennessee, McGrue rejoined Citizens Baptist Medical Center in 2009 as the infection preventionist before assuming the role of director of outcomes, where she was pivotal in improving reimbursement by six percent within six months following the implementation of the CDI program. She later served as management director of nursing for Medical Surgical where she contributed toward achieving the highest improvement in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) at Citizens Baptist for the first six months of 2015.

Preceding her appointment as CNO of Citizens Baptist, she served as Director of Quality where she was instrumental in helping the hospital to achieve its first status quality goal, earning the number one ranking among Tenet hospitals for quality for four consecutive months.

McGrue holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in nursing, all of which she earned from Jacksonville State University. Among her many professional affiliations, she is a member of the American Nurses Association, Association of Perioperative Nursing and Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, as well as the American Nephrology Nurses Association. In addition, she serves as an adjunct professor with CCI Curriculum.

“Van’s well-rounded portfolio provides her with tremendous insight, and coupled with her innate leadership skills, will serve her well in this capacity,” stated Princeton Baptist Medical Center CEO, Mike Neuendorf. “We are fortunate to have her level of talent, and I am confident she will continue to push the standard and drive high-quality care for the benefit of our patients.”