Kelly Cox Watkins

Display Name Kelly Cox Watkins, MSN

Position VP, Market Development
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About Me

About Me

Kelly Cox Watkins leads the strategic growth initiatives for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s system of care regionally, nationally and internationally. As a critical care nurse and executive with more than 30 years of clinical and operations experience, Ms. Watkins has practiced and led innovative care delivery models across acute and post-acute care. Her significant experience and leadership has resulted in improved access to care, growth in market share and enhanced quality and efficiency for provider organizations serving the most complex patient conditions.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Professional Associations



    1978 - 1982
    Nursing, Maryville University
    1988 - 1990
    Nursing Administration, University of Colorado

Professional Affiliations

  • President
    Kids' Chance of Illinois, 2016

Work History

  • 2008 - 2009
    Chief Operating Officer
    TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • 2003 - 2008
    VP, Inpatient Operations
  • 1999 - 2003
    VP, Corporate Partnerships
  • 1998 - 2000
    Executive Director, Corporate Partnerships
  • 1996 - 1994
    Chief Nurse Executive
    Intensive Hospital of Columbus, OH - LTAC
  • 1987 - 1989
    Nurse Manager
    Craig Hospital