GHS chief nursing officer receives healthcare executive award

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 2, 2017) – Michelle Taylor-Smith, vice president of patient care services, chief nursing officer and chief experience officer for Greenville Health System (GHS), received
the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award at the South Carolina Hospital Association’s annual meeting in Columbia earlier this year.

The annual Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award recognizes ACHE members who are experienced in the field and have made significant contributions to the advancement of healthcare management excellence and the achievement of ACHE’s goals. Taylor-Smith, a member of the South Carolina chapter of the ACHE since 2014, was nominated based on her exemplary career as a healthcare executive, her contributions to the development of healthcare leaders and her ability to build positive relationships with nurses, physicians and support staff.

“A good and wise counselor, Michelle grasps the broad healthcare executive perspective and encourages the same in her nurse leaders,” said ACHE Regent for South Carolina Sue Shugart. “She is passionate about creating excellent environments for employees to work, physicians to practice, leaders to lead and patients to receive care.”

Taylor-Smith began her career in health care in 1978. She has served as a staff nurse, nurse manager, director of community health, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for a number of hospitals in Ohio and Michigan. She came to Greenville in 2011, where she currently serves as vice president of patient care services, chief nursing officer and chief experience officer for GHS. She also routinely presents with Carson Dye as part of the Up and Comers Boot Camp, a national program for new C-suite executives and those planning to gain a position in the C-suite.

Taylor-Smith has an applied science, bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing and administration. She is board certified as a nurse administrator and has a certificate in healthcare finance from the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


About the American College of Healthcare Executives

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE’s mission is to advance its members and healthcare management excellence. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE’s established network of 79 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its vision of being the preeminent professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving health. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research. The Foundation of ACHE is known for its educational programs—including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants—and groundbreaking research. Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management, including textbooks for college and university courses. For more information, visit

About Greenville Health System

Greenville Health System (GHS) — an academic health system that is the largest not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in South Carolina — is committed to medical excellence through research, patient care and education. GHS offers patients an innovative network of clinical integration, expertise and technologies through its eight medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices and numerous specialty services throughout the Upstate. The 1,358-bed system is home to 15 medical residency and fellowship programs. GHS is also home to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, a joint effort of USC and GHS. Visit for more information.

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