Nacogdoches, Texas, March 27th, 2023: As a long-time East Texas resident, newly appointed Chief Operating Officer Stacy Garcia has a rich and storied history starting in her youth coming to Nacogdoches as a Girl Scout. The following years brought her back to Nacogdoches many times for everything from summer camps at SFA to earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree there as well. Stacy’s extensive educational achievements continued, including a Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare Management, and were largely inspired by her grandmothers who both demonstrated a passion for caring for others in their healthcare careers. Both grandmothers instilled the importance of obtaining an
education and their direction allowed Stacy to fulfill not only their dreams, but her own as well. Stacy’s career began in East Texas, after graduating from Angelina College in 1997, as a Radiological Technologist and Pharmacy Technician. Since that time, she has worked in several roles in both East and Southeast Texas, including ICU/CVICU Nursing Director, Administrator, Chief Clinical Officer, and Chief Nursing Officer. Most recently she worked as a Senior Healthcare Consultant assisting hospitals and physicians across the nation; overall, setting the foundation to today where she has taken on the role of Chief Operating Officer. Stacy describes herself as a “high performing, energetic and compassionate healthcare administrator with
extensive education and business development skills.” Stacy utilizes those attributes in her role as COO, which allows her to work with fellow dedicated and compassionate staff, knowing the care she and her team provide makes a measurable difference in the overall health of the communities Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital serves. With the constant changes in the healthcare industry, she enjoys the rewards of seeing those impacts on patients’ lives under the exceptional care the providers and staff offer. Her professional affiliations are numerous including the American College of Cardiology, American College of Healthcare Executives, American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society. Stacy is also active in the community, having graduated from the Leadership Lufkin Program in 2011 along with many other organizations, including founding board member of the Angelina County Heart Alliance, St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, and as a volunteer for vision and hearing screenings.
Stacy’s family dates back several generations in the East Texas region, most notably with her grandfather, and Stacy’s hero, Summie Riley who was posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for his service in WWII where he was a WWII Japanese Prisoner of War for 3 1⁄2 years and Bataan Death March survivor. Stacy lives in Lufkin with her husband, Miguel and their children, Jadyn and Bryce. Both her
husband and twin sister, Tracy, are also proud SFA Alumni. Stacy enjoys spending time with her family, going to her children’s soccer games and the outdoors.
Stacy is looking forward to leading Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital into a high reliability of care organization, and a regional destination center of excellence.