Jefferson State honors Stephanie Woods as 2020 Outstanding Alumnus

Published 11:29 am Thursday, April 30, 2020

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Jefferson State Community College honored Stephanie Woods as the 2020 Outstanding Alumnus in a recent virtual ceremony in April.


Woods earned her Associate in Applied Science in Nursing at Jefferson State in 1996.

Woods MSN, RN, NE-BC, LSSGB is an associate vice president of clinical operations at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with oversight of Emergency Services, Medical Emergency Team, Critical Care Transport, and the Serious Infectious Disease Team.

“I am still in shock and completely humbled to receive the nomination as Jefferson State’s alumnus of the year,” said Woods. “I am honored to represent my school and the thousands of students like me who needed a hand-up to a better education.”

A seasoned healthcare veteran of more than 20 years, Woods brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership expertise to the healthcare team. Prior to her appointment as an associate vice president, Woods served as an Associate Chief Nursing Officer at UAB Hospital spearheading the organization’s Center for Nursing Excellence, overseeing the Magnet program, nursing practice, policy, development and education for 3500 nurses spanning across the inpatient and outpatient environment in addition to oversight of several clinical operating areas.

Woods has a diverse background with expertise in hospital acute care, ambulatory, and post-acute operations, healthcare quality, policy, Magnet, and state and federal regulations. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Stephanie is also a lifelong learner and holds graduate certificates in Healthcare Quality and Safety and Lean Six Sigma.

She is a certified nurse executive who began her nursing career in 1996 upon completion of her Associate in Applied Science in Nursing at Jefferson State Community College. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Jacksonville State University and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from The University of Alabama.

Woods is currently working towards the completion of her dissertation for attainment of a Doctorate of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.