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Queen of the Valley Medical Center Welcomes New Chief Nursing Officer


Napa, Calif. (June 22, 2017) – Queen of the Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Brown Sims MBA, BSN, RN, FACHE Qualified Candidate, to Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). Brown Sims brings a wealth of experience, leadership skills and personal commitment to this position.

Brown Sims previously served for three years as the Chief Nurse Executive at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. She has excelled in a number of administrative and clinical roles, including: Assistant Administrator of Women and Children’s Services for Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento; Director of Administrative Services at Kaiser Permanente in Roseville; and Interim Manager of the NICU, Assistant Nurse Manager of the NICU and staff nurse in the NICU at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento.

During her time on the leadership team at Sierra Vista, the hospital was awarded with Tenet Health’s Circle of Excellence for delivering best-in-class patient care and patient experiences and attaining superior satisfaction scores from physicians and caregivers. In addition, the hospital achieved five point overall improvement on the AHRQ Culture of Safety Survey during her time on the executive team.

“The selection of Kim is consistent with our desire to lead our nursing staff toward continued excellence in compassionate and quality care,” said Larry Coomes, Chief Executive. “Kim is an excellent fit for this position and we are honored to have her serve on our leadership team.”

Brown Sims has an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Solano Community College; a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from California State University, Sacramento and a Master’s in Business Administration from Trident University International. She earned her vocational nursing certificate from Napa Valley College and is excited to be back in the Napa Valley.

“The mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph is inspiring and I am honored to join this incredible team of caregivers here at Queen of the Valley Medical Center,” said Brown Sims. “I look forward to getting to know the nurses, physicians and caregivers who make this such a special place.”

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 208-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

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