Senior Leadership Bio

  • Mary Chatman, Ph.D., R.N.

    Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer

    Mary Chatman, Ph.D., R.N., joined Memorial University Medical Center in 2009 as senior vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO). In 2012, she assumed the additional role of chief operating officer, giving her accountability for day-to-day operations. Chatman leads nursing divisions, ancillary divisions, perioperative services, the Heart & Vascular Institute, information services, human resources, facility services, and construction and support services.

    Chatman came to Savannah from Pitt County Memorial Hospital, an 861-bed hospital of University Health System in Greenville, North Carolina, where she worked for 20 years and last served as vice president and CNO. Chatman began her career as a nursing assistant and quickly moved into leadership roles. She became president of HealthAccess in Greeneville, a business that included healthcare contracts, wellness services, and home care. She later became vice president of specialty services at Pitt County Memorial Hospital and worked her way up to CNO. Chatman’s leadership experience in clinical and operations management is extensive and varied, and includes leadership recruitment and development, quality improvement, regulatory, fiscal management, shared governance, and patient and family centered care.

    Chatman holds a Bachelor of Science (1990), a Master of Science in Nursing Administration (1994), and a Doctorate in Nursing (2012) from East Carolina University.  She was appointed by the governor to the Georgia Board of Nursing in June 2011, where she served two years. She currently serves on the Savannah Technical College board of directors, the Camp Kudzu board of directors (a camp for children with type 1 diabetes), and the Georgia Regional Academic Community health Information Exchange (GRAChIE) board.