Staff Spotlight: Emily Hilliker

Providing high-quality care and decreasing hospital length of stay are two top priorities for Special Care Unit (SCU), so it was imperative to bring on a leader who understood and embraced these goals. Enter Emily Hilliker.

Emily Hilliker

The North Carolina native joined the SCU team in September as Vice President of Clinical Operations. In this role, Emily ensures SCU units are staffed and running smoothly, meeting length-of-stay and weaning metrics, and providing a level of quality care every patient deserves.


Emily knew SCU was the right fit for her since the day she met CEO Sam Nimah and Director of Human Resources Issy Carrillo.



“I joined SCU because of its great mission and great people. My interview was one of the best days I had in a while,” Emily said.


A nurse for 22 years, Emily has experience in a range of unique settings including cardiac and intensive care. For the past eight and a half years, she grew through the ranks at Sound Physicians where she served as Associate Director of Clinical Performance and Nursing and then Director of Clinical Performance. In that position, she managed 21 hospitals and focused on quality outcomes and patient improvement.


Now living in Charlotte, Emily was drawn to the medical field since she was a little girl.


“I actually wrote a paper in fifth grade about wanting to be a nurse. My grandma and a lot of other family members were nurses and in the medical field. My sister’s currently a respiratory therapist, so I’ve already bounced ideas off her,” Emily said.


Emily earned her Bachelor of Science in registered nursing from East Carolina University and is currently working on her Master of Healthcare Administration from Aspen University.


When she’s not working, Emily is at the baseball field cheering on one of her two sons, rooting for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks where her daughter goes to school, or spending time outdoors with her family.


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