HCA Gulf Coast
February 21, 2023

Kingwood, TX– HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood is pleased to announce the appointment of Darren DeSimone, MBA, BSN, RN as chief nursing officer (CNO), effective February 6, 2023.

DeSimone previously served as interim CNO of HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood. He joined the facility as assistant CNO in February 2021.

Prior to joining HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood, DeSimone worked as director of emergency medicine at HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe. He has over 18 years of nursing experience and started his career with HCA Houston Healthcare as a nurse technician. He went on to serve in various nursing and nurse management positions in emergency services at HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe.

“Darren was instrumental in leading our clinical teams through the COVID-19 pandemic,” John Corbeil, chief executive officer of HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood. “His dedication to patient experience, quality healthcare and nursing engagement is demonstrated daily. His background in emergency services and acute inpatient nursing is extremely valuable to our hospital’s continuing commitment to providing the highest level of care to our community.”

DeSimone earned his nursing degree from Lone Star College and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. He received a Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University. He is a former recipient of the HCA Healthcare Frist Humanitarian Award for his volunteer work in his community as well as in Central America.