New Direction > April 30, 2021

Welcome Erica Ballard, new emergency department manager

Erica Ballard is the new emergency department manager at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. She started work in February, and we couldn’t be happier to have her.

Born in Shreveport, Erica currently lives in Carthage where she attended Carthage High School. She furthered her education at Panola College for her LVN and RN degrees, and then proceeded to go to Lamar University for her BSN and MSN.

Erica says she wanted to work at Memorial Hospital because she was looking to work in a “large hospital environment that provided me with the opportunities to expand my knowledge and training by working along with experts within Memorial. I was looking for a stable, long-term position, and this facility is known for its strong, collaborative teams and career satisfaction among its nurses.”

Erica completed her clinical rotation at Memorial Hospital for her master’s program and fell in love with the hospital. That led her to where she is today. She said, “The administration staff welcomed me with open loving arms and allowed me to participate in administrative functions, as well as problem solving, including clinical experiences that are evidence-based and reflect contemporary practice and nationally established patient health and safety goals.”

She sees Memorial as a “big hospital that offers many services to get the care you need right here in this small town. Memorial provides high-level, focused team-oriented solutions.”

Erica is married and has three adult daughters and one granddaughter. Her hobbies include taking care of her 83-year-old father and 78-year-old mother with dementia who lives with her.

One of the philosophies Erica lives by is “not getting sidetracked by people who are not on track.” Her other motto is “don’t make excuses, make improvements.”

Erica, we are excited to see what you will accomplish here!

New emergency department manager, Erica Ballard, poses for a photo in front of emergency room sign.      

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