TIFTON — Southwell announced that Laura Fiveash, RN, MSN, MBA will serve as the system’s new assistant vice president, procedural services.
As a member of the administrative team, Fiveash will have responsibility for the daily leadership of Southwell’s operating rooms (including hospital and ambulatory surgical centers), pre and post-operative services, central sterile, cardiac catheterization, angiography and endoscopy, hospital officials said in a statement.
"As part of a highly matrixed organization, Laura will work closely with members of the executive team in nursing, Southwell Ambulatory, as well as Southwell Medical Operations to ensure the success of those departments with dual reporting responsibilities," hospital officials said.
Fiveash has worked in various nursing and nursing leadership roles at institutions such as the Medical College of Georgia, South Georgia Medical Center, the Georgia Department of Corrections and Emory Healthcare.
Prior to joining Southwell, Fiveash served as a nurse executive leading cardiovascular and procedural services in South Georgia as well as Atlanta.
Fiveash is an RN who earned a master’s degree in nursing administration, a master’s degree in business administration and bachelor of science degrees in biology and nursing from Valdosta State University. She also holds an associate’s degree in nursing from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
“As Southwell’s services continue to expand, Laura’s experience in multi-site management will be an asset,” said Alex Le, chief operating officer for Tift Regional Medical Center. “She will help to enhance the strategic, operational and quality aspects and have accountability for the direct reports of the perioperative and procedural operations. We are excited to have her on our team.”
Prior to her executive roles in nursing, Fiveash served as a charge and staff nurse at Tift General Hospital, now Tift Regional Medical Center.
“I feel like I am coming full circle,” Fiveash said. “It’s great to return and be a part of such a growing system. I look forward to working alongside such talented and compassionate physicians, nurses, technicians, and support staff.”