HTS is pleased to introduce Cindy Smith, one of HTS’s recent additions to the Transition Planning project management team. Cindy has over 16 years of healthcare experience as an Emergency Nurse and Administrator. Previously, Cindy acted as the Director of Emergency Services at Temecula Valley Hospital where she spearheaded the opening of their brand new Emergency Department, and helped secure licensing from the California Department of Public Health and the Joint Commission. Cindy’s clinical and management expertise makes her a valuable addition to our team.

Cindy completed her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing in St. Louis, MO. After graduating, she worked in different healthcare facilities, bettering her emergency nursing skills in each one. While working at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego, CA, Cindy started her ascent in emergency nursing as a Charge Nurse, later assuming the position of Manager of the Emergency Department, and finally reaching the top of the ladder as its Director of Emergency Services. It was at Temecula Valley Hospital that Cindy worked with the HTS Transition Planning team in activating the new hospital for Day 1 of operations. This interaction with HTS led Cindy to her next career step in transition planning consulting.

As a project manager at HTS, Cindy assisted Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute in La Jolla, and Stanford Neuroscience Health Center in Palo Alto in their activation and occupancy efforts. She has also worked with facilities outside California, among them, the San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corporation in Peridot, AZ, and the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital in Dallas, TX.

Cindy has a great reputation for being hard working, caring, and positive. She handles her workload with an attitude of pride in doing the job the right way, and her diligence shows in the quality of work she produces.  Cindy’s wonderful approach to her job and her clients make her a special part of the Transition Team.

Here’s an interesting insight into Cindy, in her own words:

Cindy is:

happy   “anytime I get to spend time with my two beautiful daughters.”
proud when she “opened Temecula Valley Hospital as the Director of Emergency Services.”
sad   “anytime I see a sick child in the ED. My heart aches.”
 

Cindy was:

   
hilariously amused   “when my daughter Sophie was 9 years old and she broke her arm. She was admitted to Rady’s Children’s Hospital with her dad. When I arrive, I overheard her on the phone telling her grandma that she was getting Possum juice in her veins (IV Potassium), and if she presses the call button, the servants come (nurses). Perspective of a child.”
Cindy is:    
grateful   “for all my years I spent in Emergency Nursing, and the journey it has taken me to Transition Planning.”

 

Happy Nurses Month, Cindy!  We are proud to have you in our team. Your “can do” attitude is infectious

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