Summerville Medical Center announces Nichole Nichols as Emergency Department Director

Nichole Nichols, Emergency Department Director

Summerville, SC (February 4, 2019) – Today Summerville Medical Center announced Nichole Nichols as director of the Emergency Department.

Nichole has been in the position of interim director of the Emergency Department for the past year, bringing more than twenty years of nursing experience to the Summerville Medical Center leadership team. Nichole began her career in 1999 as a nurse at Colleton Medical Center and over the course of the past twenty years, has risen through the ranks with Trident Health and HCA Healthcare.

“I have worked with Nichole Nichols for over 10 years and cannot think of a better person to lead the Summerville Medical Center Emergency Department,” said Preston Wendell, MD, Medical Director for Summerville Medical Center’s Emergency Department. “She cares deeply about everyone that works, visits, or seeks care in our ED and always sets a wonderful example for others to follow. Summerville is very lucky to have her at the helm of the busiest emergency department in the Lowcountry.”

In her Interim Director role, Nichole led numerous successful quality and safety initiatives for the Emergency Department including receiving the Pediatric Readiness certification from SC DHEC’s Emergency Medical Services for Children department. Summerville Medical Center is the only hospital in the Lowcountry, and one of two hospitals in the state, to be awarded this distinguished certification.

“We are blessed to have Nichole’s skills and passion here at Summerville Medical Center,” commented Doug Holtzman, MD, Medical Director of Summerville Medical Center’s Pediatric Emergency Department. “Because of her leadership, vision, and commitment, Summerville Medical Center became the first community hospital in SC to attain SC DHEC’s Pediatric Readiness accreditation. She is one of the best Emergency Department leaders I have worked with in my career.”

With Nichole’s leadership, the Emergency Department attained the top 25th percentile in Patient Experience across all hospitals in the United States in Q3. In addition, Nichole and the Emergency Department team have spearheaded numerous events and fundraising efforts in the community, from being the top fundraisers for the Teal Diva Run in support of cervical cancer to winning the Division F category at the 2018 Charleston Dragon Boat Festival.

Summerville Medical Center is a 124-bed, acute-care hospital with a 24-hour emergency room, a dedicated ER for children, and comprehensive medical services. The facility enjoys an enviable reputation for its women’s and children’s services including "home-like" birthing suites. Surgical services include orthopedic, reflux, robotic and weight loss surgeries. Summerville Medical Center is part of Trident Health, which has earned recognition as a leader in the delivery of healthcare in the Lowcountry.

For more than 40 years staff and physicians at Trident Health have provided acute healthcare services to families in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Services are provided through its two hospitals, Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center; two freestanding emergency departments, Moncks Corner Medical Center and Centre Pointe Emergency; and two urgent care centers, CareNow Urgent Care Goose Creek and CareNow Urgent Care North Charleston. Both hospitals have received top ranking as Joint Commission Top Hospitals for Quality Performance and are Joint Commission Certified for Advanced Heart Failure and Advanced Primary Stroke Centers. Trident Health is one of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s largest employers with more than 2,500 employees and has a medical staff of nearly 500 physicians. In 2017 it provided $47.6 million in uncompensated care and paid $35.5 million in local, state and federal taxes. To learn more about how Trident Health is growing to meet the needs of our growing region and how to join our team go to

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