Jackie Medland: Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Gears Up for Summer

By Jackie Medland
Chief Executive Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital


As we enter summer here in Highlands, Cashiers and the surrounding communities, our area’s population typically skyrockets, as does the need for Highlands-Cashiers Hospital’s (HCH) services. I’d like to welcome those who return year after year and update all community members on our services and programs.

The last several months saw the hospital become a part of HCA Healthcare. Through it all, we continue to provide the community with the same level of excellent care as always, without interruption.

A time of change is also an opportunity for education, and I want to reintroduce you to all we have to offer in the way of care and services.

Did you know…

In the midst of change – both anticipated and unforeseen – HCH stands ready to continue serving our patients and making our community stronger and healthier.



Jacqueline Medland, PhD, RN, is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Nursing Officer of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. Jackie has enjoyed a career as a healthcare leader for over 30 years, including positions in direct patient care, advanced practice nursing, nursing management and hospital administration. Jackie received her MSN from the University of Illinois, College of Nursing, and her PhD in Organization Development from Benedictine University. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the American Organization of Nurses Executives, the Illinois Organization of Nursing Leaders and Sigma Theta Tau. Jackie’s unique leadership and mentorship was recognized by the University of Illinois, College of Nursing with the Sage Award.