Denise Clark, BSN, MHA, RNChief Nursing Officer
Denise Clark was born in Baltimore, Maryland and was raised in Florida. Growing up, she lived in Okeechobee, Jacksonville Beach and Lakeland, Florida. In 1973 Denise met and married her husband in Florida. Denise didn’t start her professional career in the healthcare industry. She began a successful career in business and industry in non-traditional sectors like mining, uranium extraction, marine construction, offshore drilling and the oil & gas industry.
Within these fields, she accepted positions in Florida, Houston Texas, Rocksprings Wyoming, and Colorado. Amidst her success in this profession, Mrs. Clark always felt there was, “something missing.” At that time, Denise was learning about injury and illness through the experiences of family and friends who were encountering cancer, heart disease, and traumatic injuries. She felt in her heart a strong urge to, “give back” which prompted a mid-life career change.
In Rocksprings Wyoming, Denise Clark began teaching and managing grant programs at the Western Wyoming Community College. She began working with students at the college and assisting them to achieve their academic and career goals. While at the college, Denise decided to answer a special calling to be active in patient care. She decided to be a nurse! She pursued and obtained her Associate Degree in Nursing at Western Wyoming Community College, went on to obtain her Bachelors of Science Nursing Degree at the University of Wyoming, and then recieved her Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix. Since then, she has practiced nursing in Texas, Wyoming, Colorado and now New Mexico.
The transition to New Mexico has been a successful one. Denise has been surprised by the beauty of the Land of Enchantment. She first lived in Gallup when she first moved here. She always thought of New Mexico as a desolate desert land. Now as a resident she appreciates the enchanting sunsets, cliffs, gorge and stunning high mountain desert.
In her new role as CNO, she looks forward to exploring the opportunities that a Critical Access Hospital designation would bring to Holy Cross. She is also eager to help Holy Cross become an Acute Stroke Certified Facility (ASC), so we can take care of stroke patients right here at home. She is also directing her leadership towards helping Holy Cross become a designated level four trauma center and developing a formal ICU unit here at HCHC to provide critical care for patients and community members.
At home, Denise has two dogs: Jefferson and Riley, and two cats: Boots and Zoe. She enjoys hiking, snow mobile riding, ATV riding and Horseback riding. She is the proud mom of two daughters. Her eldest daughter is Kristin who is a Registered Dietician and Director of Nutritional Services. Her youngest daughter is Michayla who is a registered Nurse. Both daughters are married. As for her hobby, Denise Clark is interested in learning the art of dog mushing and is looking forward to learning and training here in New Mexico.