Region Chief Nursing Officer Keyona Cole Offers More than a Decade of Management Expertise in Healthcare Administration
Goodwill of Southern Nevada (Goodwill®) on June 5, 2023 announced that Intermountain Health Region Chief Nursing Officer Keyona Cole has joined its Board of Directors. As a member of the board, Cole will provide oversight and strategic direction to guide the business and mission of Goodwill of Southern Nevada.
“It is an honor to be named to the Goodwill of Southern Nevada Board of Directors, and I am grateful for the chance to further serve our community in this capacity,” said Keyona Cole, chief nursing officer for Intermountain Health’s Desert Region. “I personally am a strong proponent of opportunities where we can work together in strengthening diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts, and I look forward to advancing the board’s work in identifying and addressing the needs of our communities and further contributing to the overall health and well-being of those who call Southern Nevada home.”
Cole’s career at Intermountain Health began in 2013 as manager of affiliate clinical services of HealthCare Partners Nevada. She became chief of staff in 2018, supporting clinical operations, and then chief nursing officer for the Nevada Region and Medical Group in 2020. She began her role as chief nursing officer for the Desert Region, spanning Southern Nevada and Southwest Utah, in 2021. She also leads Intermountain Health’s DEI Committee in Nevada.
Cole worked closely with Goodwill and NV Careers through the development of the 90-Day Medical Assistant (MA) program. This innovative program provides unemployed or underemployed community members with no prior experience the ability to enter the healthcare workforce through a paid apprenticeship. Apprentices rotate through Intermountain Health’s more than 60 Southern Nevada clinics and facilities including primary care, pediatrics and specialty clinics.
“It is my privilege to announce that Keyona Cole has joined our board of directors,” said Rick Neal, president and CEO of Goodwill of Southern Nevada. “As a key partner in the development of our renowned 90-Day MA program, she has already made seminal contributions to our organization. Her guidance and support alongside our volunteer board members will be invaluable.”
Cole’s healthcare journey began as a registered nurse in Milwaukee. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Alverno College in Milwaukee. She is a board-certified nurse practitioner and a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Association.
Cole joins a broad range of business, community, educational, and civic leaders on the Goodwill of Southern Nevada board.
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About Goodwill of Southern Nevada
Goodwill Industries of Southern Nevada, Inc. (Goodwill®), a registered 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit, is an innovative and sustainable social enterprise offering free workforce development, career coaching, and job placement with local employers and at Goodwill. Goodwill programs of service are funded through the support of philanthropic giving, government grants, and the sale of donated clothing and household items at 17 area Goodwill stores and online. To learn more about how Goodwill works for the community, visit their website.
About Intermountain Health
With locations in seven states and additional operations across the western U.S., Intermountain Health is a nonprofit healthcare system comprised of 33 hospitals, 385 clinics, medical groups with 3,800 employed physicians and advanced practice providers, and a health plans division called SelectHealth with more than one million members. Helping people live the healthiest lives possible, Intermountain is committed to improving community health and is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare by using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes at sustainable costs.