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Janet Smith-Hill, RN, SPHR

Chief Human Resources Officer

SSM Health

As chief human resources officer, Janet Smith-Hill is responsible for the direction and oversight of SSM Health’s human resources teams, securing the system’s position as a top employer across its four-state network. Ms. Smith-Hill sets the course for systemwide human resources activities, with oversight of market HR partners, total rewards, talent acquisition, HR operations (people services and HR technology), talent management, including learning and organizational development, and employee/labor relations. She’s also focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, and on ensuring SSM Health achieves exceptional engagement and well-being for all employees. Ms. Smith-Hill became chief human resources officer of SSM Health in March 2021, after serving in that role on an interim basis beginning in August 2020.

Throughout her 30-year career as a transformational leader, Ms. Smith-Hill has focused on modeling values-based leadership; exhibiting strategic business partnering; delivering high-impact talent solutions; fostering organizational health and culture change; promoting diversity, equity and inclusion; implementing forward-thinking performance management initiatives; and cultivating positive and engaging workplace environments. Prior to joining SSM Health, Ms. Smith-Hill served as chief human resources officer for Novant Health, a four-state integrated delivery system headquartered in North Carolina. She played a key role in shaping culture and improving organizational effectiveness for the system’s nearly 30,000 employees. Ms. Smith-Hill has also served in nursing administration and leadership roles for other healthcare organizations, including Aetna Health Plans and Duke Health.

Ms. Smith-Hill received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and her master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of North Carolina–Greensboro. She is also a Certified Professional Coach through the Academy for Creative Coaching, an International Coaching Federation–Accredited Coach Training Program accredited organization.


Leadership Insights: Driving Equity from the Inside Out—Meeting Workforce Needs

Presented by Janet Smith-Hill, RN, SPHR, Linda Stokes at 2:45 PM on Tuesday, April 12th.

Social justice and diversity, equity and inclusion needs are top of mind at health systems, and across society—but knowing where to start and how to get meaningful results is a challenge. At SSM Health, the commitment begins with its own team members and extends through community partnerships, all with a goal of realizing a vision:…