Joan Shinkus Clark

Joan Shinkus Clark joined the Texas Health Resources leadership team in March of 2008, assuming overall responsibility for the nursing enterprise across the Texas Health Resources System. Texas Health has 25 acute-care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with the system. It has more than 3,800 licensed beds, more than 21,000 employees of fully-owned/operated facilities plus 1,400 employees of consolidated joint ventures, and counts more than 5,500 physicians with active staff privileges at its hospitals. In her system role, Dr. Clark has responsibility for advancing strategic nursing initiatives and represents nursing at the senior executive level.

Prior to joining Texas Health Resources, Dr. Clark served as senior vice president of Patient Services and chief nursing officer, at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. She has also served as vice president and chief nursing officer at Baptist Hospital of Miami, part of Baptist Health South Florida. During her tenure, Baptist Hospital twice received Magnet Nursing recognition, one of the highest designations for nursing excellence at a hospital. Prior to Baptist Health, Clark served as nurse executive at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia and at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida.

Her clinical nursing background is primarily in critical care. Dr. Clark’s academic experience arose from 16 years at Shands Hospital of the University of Florida, where she worked in a variety of capacities as a staff nurse and then manager of the critical care unit, as well as roles in information technology, strategic development and performance improvement.

Dr. Clark received her diploma in nursing at Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh, has a B.S. from St. Joseph’s College in Maine, a MSN from the University of Florida, and a DNP in executive nursing practice from Texas Christian University. She is a graduate of the Johnson and Johnson Wharton Fellowship and is an ANCC Magnet Appraiser. Dr. Clark is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She currently serves as the American Hospital Association’s appointed commissioner on The Joint Commission Board.

Her professional affiliations include membership in the American Organization of Nurse Executives, where has served as Region 4 and Region 7 national board member, the American Nurses Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, Sigma Theta Tau, American Academy of Nursing (currently serving as co-chair of the Academy’s Fellow Selection Committee), as well as other specialty organizations. She has been active in Rotary International and other community sponsored activities.

Joan Shinkus Clark