Celia Gomes-McGillivray, ACNPC-AG, RN-BC, MSN, MPH, CHES

Celia Gomes McGillivray, ACNPC-AG, RN-BC, MSN, MPH, CHES, is a certified acute care nurse practitioner specializing in adult stroke and neurology. She joined the Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences (ICON) in 2015 serving as the Neuro/Stroke Program Clinical Coordinator. She provides quality oversight for the hospital’s stroke program, clinically manages stroke patients during their hospital stay and outpatient at the stroke clinic. She was instrumental in helping the hospital achieve advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center in October 2016 and actively helps to maintain this designation. Desert Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in the Inland Empire and one of only 154 hospitals in the country to be designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

In addition to her nurse practitioner credential, McGillivray is a board certified registered nurse (RN-BC), a certified health education specialist (CHES), certified in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), basic life support (BLS), the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale, and Modified Rankin Scale.

McGillivray earned her Bachelors’ in Nursing and in Science from the University of Rhode Island in Rhode Island, a Masters’ in Nursing from Rhode Island College, Rhode Island and a Masters in Public Health from San Jose State University, San Jose, California. Her clinical preceptorships included Rhode Island Hospital’s Ambulatory Primary Care Clinic, The Miriam Hospital’s Cardiology Unit and Rhode Island Hospital’s Neurology Intensive Care Unit.

Prior to joining ICON, McGillivray worked for Lifespan, Rhode Island’s first health system as a stroke coordinator, helping hospitals such as The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Newport Hospital, earn and maintain their primary stroke center certification. Partnering with AHA/ASA, she set up the first stroke coordinator’s network that resulted in passage of stroke legislation, guidelines for transporting patients to the comprehensive stroke center, and providing immediate feedback to emergency medical service professionals.
McGillivray is a member of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, Association for the Critical Care Nurses, and the Society for Public Health Association.

McGillivray stays healthy by exercising daily, enjoys biking, tennis, and tap dancing.