Profiles of some of our area's top nurses.
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Lakeside Behavioral Health System
Joy Golden, CEO of Lakeside Behavioral Health System, began her medical career in 1978 as the corporate human resources director for Methodist Healthcare and worked in human resources for various companies before acquiring a position at Lakeside. “After working several years in human resources in the healthcare field, I enrolled in nursing school to gain knowledge that would add value to my HR role,” she says. She then discovered her love of nursing and direct patient care.
Golden held roles as staff nurse, house supervisor, chief nursing officer, and chief operations officer prior to being promoted to CEO. She currently oversees the 305-bed acute-care and residential behavioral health hospital and directs activities of the facility’s 550 employees, working to develop and stabilize the nursing department and improve patient satisfaction. “Lakeside is focused on helping our community to understand and recognize the complexities associated with behavioral health issues and addictive diseases,” Golden says. She enjoys “the opportunity to be a part of a successful operation where direct patient care is involved daily.”
Golden serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis, teaching Psychopharmacology and Nursing Legal Aspects in the Graduate Therapy and Nursing BSN programs. She was selected as one of the first board members of the University of Memphis BSN Advisory Board.