Welcome Colleen Canfield


Welcome Colleen Canfield

(Batesville, Ark.) – Gary Paxson, President and CEO of White River Health (WRHS), is pleased to welcome Colleen Canfield, MSN, RN, CNOR as Director of Surgical Services.


Canfield leads the Surgical Services team, which includes surgical pre-admission,

pre-operative/post-operative care, operating rooms/endoscopy suites, and central sterile processing. She is responsible for operational performance including clinical quality, patient satisfaction, resource allocation, and staffing. 


Canfield has an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.  She also received a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSN) in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2018, she furthered her education and received a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Western Governors University.


“I want to be a patient advocate by putting a heavy focus on the standards and recommendations by credentialing institutions,” said Canfield. “I want to make a difference through leadership and being a personal example.”

Canfield has over 25 years of operating room experience. She dedicated 19 years to serving patients as a Certified Nurse Operation Room (CNOR) before pursing roles in leadership.  Her leadership roles included Clinical Lead, Coordinator, Director, and Manager.  She began her career at White River Medical Center in February as an OR Manager before her promotion to Director. 


Canfield has stayed involved throughout her education.  She received Highest Honors when graduating with her BSN.  She was the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Vice President of Chapter 4410, North Harris/Montgomery from 2016-2017 and became the AORN President in 2018.  She has also been a volunteer for the Credentialing and Competency Institute on test review and revision questions in March 2019 for the current credentialing exam.


“Colleen’s expertise and desire to provide passionate and quality care to patients make her a great fit for the position,” said Paxson. “We are proud to welcome her to the team.”


Canfield was born in New Jersey; however, she called Mississippi home growing up. She has lived several places within and outside of the United States before recently settling down in Batesville.   Canfield and her husband have three children: Sara, Brian, and Phillip.


WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas.  The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, primary care, specialty physician office practices, and senior life centers.  WRHS is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.