Chief Nursing Officer
As chief nursing officer for Synergis, Carole Eldridge oversees the development of key clinical relationships essential to the company’s growth.
Prior to joining Synergis, Eldridge served as a vice president at Chamberlain University in Downers Grove, Ill., leading the online degree and certificate programs in nursing and other health professions. Prior to that, she held leadership positions in several campus-based baccalaureate nursing programs, including serving as president of the Chamberlain College of Nursing Houston campus, dean of nursing at West Coast University’s Dallas campus, and dean and campus director for St. John’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Springfield, Mo. In 2007, Eldridge led the online executive nursing leadership program at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and before that she served as a nursing professor in traditional and online BSN and RN-BSN programs at Texas A&M University in Stephenville, Texas, and Southwest Baptist University in Missouri.
Preceding her career in higher education, Eldridge was CEO of Pacesetter Home Care Group and senior vice president for quality and resident services of Assisted Living Concepts. She has several years of experience leading healthcare consulting and management firms, where she managed clinical staff education programs, developed continuing education materials, and performed quality management audits. Her clinical experience includes 10 years as a critical care nurse, 10 years in primary care, home health care, and hospice, and a year operating a clinic in Lusaka, Zambia.
Eldridge holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago, Ill; a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing, Arlington, Texas; a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Evangel College in Springfield, Mo.; and a diploma in nursing from Burge School of Nursing in Springfield, Mo.