Just over twenty years ago, Sharon Cox was a married, stay-at-home mom that ran a daycare. In 1997 after two family members were diagnosed with cancer in the same week, Sharon became more intrigued by a career in healthcare and ultimately decided to enroll in Blackhawk Technical College’s (BTC) Nursing Assistant program.
“I walked by the classroom door three times before I walked in,” she recalls.
Sharon enrolled at BTC because of the college’s affordability, small classes and the convenience ofthe schedule. She credits her family’s support and encouragement for helping her overcome her fear of returning to school after a 15-year hiatus.
It didn’t take long for Sharon to excel at BTC. She became a Certified Nursing Assistant in 1998 joining the Beloit Health System and while employed continued her education at BTC eventually earning a Nursing degree. After adding to her education, Sharon advanced her role at the Beloit Health System working as a Registered Nurse in 2000 and later earning promotions to Nursing Supervisor, then Clinical Manager and then Director of Oncology.
As Director of the oncology service line, Sharon led the development of the UW Health Beloit Cancer Center, a partnership that brings cutting-edge cancer services close to home. Under her leadership, the Cancer Center expanded services and consistently achieved patient satisfaction scores of greater than 90%.
When talking about her career Sharon stated, “I always told myself allowing the journey of life to happen is ultimately who I will become.”
This year, Sharon took another step up the ladder at the Beloit Health System. On March 1, 2017, she assumed the role of Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer. As if earning the top nursing position isn’t enough, Sharon is also en route to finishing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice.
Outside of work, Sharon is equally as impressive. She is a recognized leader in developing partnerships with direct impact to the community including working with the Rock County Cancer Coalition and Community Against Cancer. She also serves on several boards and assists with local fundraising including the Wisconsin Organization of Nurses Executives, the Blackhawk Technical College Foundation Board, the Beloit Area Zonta Chapter, Doves and Diamonds Committee, Beloit Snappers, Beloit Boys and Girls Club Mentor and the MDA of Beloit Annual and Beloit Area Domestic Violence Fundraiser.