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Nursing at Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Nurses are the heartbeat of Roper St. Francis. As an integral part of our team, our nurses provide professional, patient centered healthcare. Our exceptional nurses are directly responsible for creating and supporting the atmosphere of compassion that has become the hallmark of care at Roper St. Francis. Roper St. Francis nurses are highly trained professionals, with many of them achieving advance degrees and certifications.




Carolyn Donohue
Vice President Nursing
& Senior Nurse Executive
Roper Hospital

Nursing at Roper Hospital




Carolyn Donohue joined Roper St. Francis as the chief nursing officer and vice president of nursing at Roper Hospital in September 2013.

Before joining the RSF team, Carolyn spent 13 years working in various positions in nursing administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. These roles included director of women’s and children’s hospitals, associate chief nurse officer and chief nursing informatics officer for the UNC Health Care System.Carolyn has an extensive background in nursing. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She served as a critical care nurse Ohio, and she worked in the private sector in high-tech home care and corporate marketing. She also played an active role as a clinical nurse specialist on a nutrition support team. That group focused on opportunities for clinical practice improvement and its work was featured in national presentations and publications.

Carolyn has been a member of several professional nursing organizations that focus on specialty nursing practice in critical care, nutrition support and nursing administration. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and has been active on several of its committees. Carolyn was also inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society for Nursing. Although it hasn’t been of her administrative duties, she has kept up with best practices so that she can relate to the clinical issues that nursing staff face. Mentoring nurses to become leaders is a priority for Carolyn. In her prior roles she helped create professional advancement structures and opportunities for them, and she says her goal is to develop leadership skills among nurses at Roper Hospital.

“Promoting the role of the nurse in collaboration with other disciplines and communicating the patient’s story is a key role of the nurse,” she says.








Pennie Peralta, RN, BSN, MHA
VP of Nursing
Senior Nurse Executive
Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital

Nursing at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital  












Pennie Peralta began her career with Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital as an RN on the Cardiac Step-down Unit in 1978, the week she graduated from Clemson University. In the following years, she was promoted into positions of increasing responsibility: Nurse manager of the Cardiac Step-down and Oncology units; director of Critical Care / Medical Surgical Services, and administrative director/senior nurse executive. She also assisted with the design, construction, and the eventual move of St. Francis Hospital to its new West Ashley campus in 1996. After the 1998 merger of St. Francis and Roper hospitals, Peralta continued her leadership role in nursing with responsibilities on both hospital campuses. In early 2005, she was named vice president of Nursing for Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital and led the organization to its first Magnet designation in August 2010.

At the regional and state levels, Peralta’s efforts focus on improving the work environment for nursing, increasing the supply of nurses, addressing nursing faculty shortages, and promoting recognition for exceptional nursing practice. She has served as an officer of the Charleston Organization of Nurse Leaders for over ten years, most recently as the president for 2007-2008. She is a past president of the South Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders and serves on numerous state committees through the South Carolina Hospital Association. From 2001 to 2008, Peralta’s served on the Palmetto Gold Steering Committee, which plans the annual event that recognizes the Top 100 Nurses in South Carolina.

She says, “My philosophy has always been not to complain about issues unless I am willing to work on a solution, which is why I have remained so active in regional and state organizations. I am proud to be a nurse and driven to creating an environment where nurses can do their best every day - one that provides the nurse with what they need, when they need it, and the support for each team member to deliver exceptional care for each and every patient.”

Peralta holds a BSN from Clemson University, a master of science in Healthcare Administration from California College of Health Science, and is certified in Advanced Nursing Administration through the ANCC.