October 7, 2021 – HCA East Florida is proud to announce that Natalie Ransom has assumed the position of Division Chief Nursing Executive. In her new role, Ransom will lead nursing strategy and advance the practice of nursing across HCA East Florida’s 15 hospital campuses, 7 free-standing emergency rooms and 12 ambulatory surgery centers.

Ransom has been with HCA Healthcare for 24 years where she has held a variety of leadership roles. Most recently, Ransom served as the Chief Nursing Officer for North Florida Regional Medical Center, a 523-bed full-service hospital in Gainesville, FL, where she oversaw nursing operations for more than 1,000 registered nurses. Ransom is an accomplished leader and mentor, having demonstrated both clinical and operational excellence.

“Natalie is bringing a wealth of expertise to HCA East Florida and will play an integral role in advancing our commitment to safety and healthcare excellence,” said Charles Gressle, president of HCA East Florida. “Natalie will partner with our best-in-class nursing colleagues to deliver exceptional patient experiences and move our strategic priorities forward.”

Under Ransom’s leadership, North Florida Regional Medical Center improved its overall patient experience to the number one ranked large HCA facility in Florida. She impressively led her team’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and is responsible for top improvements in Physician Engagement in Nursing Care in 2020. She also kept employee engagement high during an historically important time in healthcare. 

“It is a privilege to join the HCA East Florida team, I look forward to creating healthier tomorrows for our patients and their families across the region,” said Ransom. “Ensuring that our nurses have the support and resources they need to deliver the best possible care is my top priority.”

Prior to North Florida Regional Medical Center, Ransom held roles as Chief Nursing Officer and Associate Chief Nursing Officer at MountainView Hospital, Chief Nursing Officer at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Director of Medical and Surgical Services at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Ransom is a 2011 HCA Healthcare Frist Award winner for her humanitarian work.  She is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Organization for Nursing Leadership

Ransom earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She is also Certified in Executive Nursing (CENP) and Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC).

About HCA Healthcare East Florida Division

HCA East Florida is the largest healthcare system in Eastern Florida and an affiliate of HCA Healthcare. HCA East Florida offers multiple ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, urgent care and free-standing emergency care facilities, as well as a supply chain center and an integrated regional lab. Together, HCA East Florida employs more than 18,800 employees and has more than 6,900 physicians on staff. For more information, visit