Trident Health announced Dr. Felisha Mason has joined the health system in the new role of Administrative Vice President of Women's & Children's Services. In this newly created position, Mason will spearhead the new women's and children's hospital opening on Summerville Medical Center's campus in 2019, as well as oversee the consolidation of the health system's women's and children's services teams on Summerville Medical's campus in 2019.

"Felisha Mason is a fantastic addition to our Summerville Medical Center leadership team," commented Karrie Powell, Chief Nursing Officer at Summerville Medical Center. "Her compassion for people coupled with her expert nursing experience will serve as a powerful combination as we continue to enhance our women and children's services. Felisha brings a strong service and quality background that complements our commitment to the care and improvement of human life."

"Felisha brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be instrumental in expanding our women's and children's services to meet the growing needs of our community," said Summerville Medical Center Medical Director Beth Cook, MD, OB/GYN. "Felisha is committed to ensuring our families have easy access to high quality care close to home."

In September 2018, Summerville Medical Center will open 30 new patient beds, additional labor and delivery rooms, and a neonatal ICU as the first major milestone in the $53 million women's and children's expansion. The women's and children's hospital is scheduled to be completed and fully open in 2019. In Spring 2019 maternity and neonatal services at Summerville and Trident Medical Centers will be consolidated on Summerville Medical's campus. Last year more than 2,800 babies were born across Trident Health.

"I am honored to join the compassionate and highly skilled team at Trident Health. We are in the midst of an exciting time for Summerville and the Lowcountry with significant growth in our population," said Felisha Mason, AVP of Women's & Children's Services. "I look forward to joining our outstanding team dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of our patients and families."

Mason brings more than 27 years of clinical and operational healthcare leadership experience to the role. She is board-certified in Pediatrics, has Masters in the Science of Nursing in Education degree from Liberty University, and a Doctorate in Executive Nursing Leadership from American Sentinel University, presenting her final dissertation at World Research Day and Mercy Kids Summit on "Saving Children's Lives in the Acute Care Setting using the Pediatric Early Warning Scoring and Pediatric Rapid Response Teams." She has authored and coauthored numerous publications including Donna Wright's latest book, Competency Assessment Field Guide: A Real World Guide for Implementation and Application.

Mason was most recently the Executive Director of Maternal and Children's Services at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith Arkansas. Under her leadership, the hospital significantly expanded services for women and children including the growth of the largest birthing center and Level III NICU in the area. Other past positions include executive leadership positions at Arkansas Children's Hospital and Yuma Regional Medical Center.

Mason is relocating to the Summerville area with her husband, and has 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren in Arkansas. She looks forward to being part of the Charleston area March of Dimes chapter and actively promoting children's safety initiatives to meet the needs of the community.