brenda forrest million
Vice President of Services for Women and Children
St. Bernards Medical Center
Education Received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Arkansas State University. She holds a master’s degree in medical administration from Kennedy Western University. American College of Health Care Executive Fellow Recognition — FACHE
What is your dream job and why?
My career as a nurse was a dream. I have experienced so many different aspects of healthcare and been part of so many changes to improve patient care. I had the opportunity to do it at
What personality traits do you think have contributed to your success?
I am highly motivated, dependable, thoughtful, easy-going, hardworking, a team player and a good listener.
How do you spend your time away from work? What is your hobby?
I love spending time with my family in Northwest Arkansas. Spending time with her granddaughter and watching her grow is very important to us. We love going to the beach several times a year and have created many beautiful memories as a family. I enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes from cookbooks I’ve collected over the years. I love the outdoors, working with flowers, spending time at the lake, and taking morning walks.
What has been the most fulfilling moment in your career so far?
I have had many fulfilling moments, but opening a neonatal intensive care unit in St. Bernards has been extremely rewarding for the doctors, staff and patients. It is so wonderful to be able to stay in the community of The support from the community has been tremendous and continues to this day. I love seeing my baby grow up and come back for our annual NICU reunion celebration.
What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career?
My advice to young women is to strive for what you enjoy and what you can make a difference. Keep chasing your dream job, work hard, be honest, and be the best you can be.
Tell us how COVID has affected your business or organization.
COVID continues to transform and impact the world of healthcare. The number of patients requiring hospitalization and the number of staff required to treat them has increased beyond the capacity of most hospitals. The focus has shifted to the majority of time spent in COVID-related care and how to secure the supplies needed for that care. The devastating loss of patients, friends and employees changed the family’s lives forever.
If you had a to-do list, what would be your top three?
Buy a home in northwest Arkansas, get along with your family, write a children’s book, and take your granddaughter to Disney World.
What was the last good book you read?
“Reality-Based Leadership” by Cy Wakeman. A great book that everyone needs to read to highlight the personal changes that need to happen in the workplace.
What are your current favorite apps?
Pinterest. I love exploring Pinterest for new home decorating ideas, new recipes, and current project ideas.
Who are the mentors who have influenced your professional career?
My mother has been a major mentor in many aspects of my life, but especially when I became a nurse. She is a nurse and I grew up watching her come to the hospital after a tornado to help victims, work with behavioral patients, and work as a school nurse in elementary school. came to her personally for advice because she knew she would listen and help.
My current St. Bernard CEO, Chris Barber, also influenced my professional career. He is a great role model for continuous learning and giving back to our community. He is always very encouraging to give direction when needed. He is highly respected by all who know him. His example influenced many of my professional decisions.