North Charleston, SC – Trident Health President and Chief Executive Officer Christina Oh has announced Jenn Freund, MSN, RN, NE-BC has been promoted to Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for 321-bed Trident Medical Center. Freund will also oversee the nursing leadership teams at Trident’s satellite locations - Live Oak Mental Health & Wellness, Centre Pointe Emergency, James Island Emergency and Moncks Corner Medical Center. For the past four years, Freund has served as the hospital’s Associate Chief Nursing Officer.
“Jenn distinguished herself quickly as a compassionate and knowledgeable leader when she joined Trident Medical Center in 2016 as director of our Cardiac Telemetry and Progressive Care Stepdown Units,” said Oh. “As her responsibilities grew, she also demonstrated a critical skill - developing the next generation of leaders. It’s rewarding to see the results of her investment in the lives and careers of many of our colleagues.”
In her new role as Trident Medical Center’s Chief Nursing Officer, Freund will lead a team of more than 800 nurses and patient care techs.
“I look forward to working alongside our senior leadership team, nurse leaders and medical staff to continue recruiting, retaining and investing our time and resources into our nurses who compassionately care for our patients,” said Freund.
A native of Detroit, Michigan Freund earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Jacksonville State University and a Master of Nursing degree with a focus on organization leadership and nursing administration from the University of South Carolina. She also graduated from the Executive Development Program of HCA Healthcare, Trident Health’s parent company.
Prior to joining Trident Medical Center, Freund served in nursing management and bedside nursing positions at the Medical University of South Carolina and Cooper University Health Care.
“Healthcare is complicated, challenging and rewarding all at the same time,” explained Freund. “Every patient is different, but we share the same expectation with all of our patients - an improved quality of life delivered by caregivers who are knowledgeable and compassionate.”
In recognition of Trident Health’s commitment to patient-centered care, Trident Medical Center, and its sister hospital, Summerville Medical Center, earned the America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award for the second consecutive year. Recently, Trident Medical Center announced plans to build a 50-bed acute care hospital on Johns Island, SC.
A national search is underway for an associate chief nursing officer to support Freund and her team.
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