CEO Kathleen Kuck: Leading Advancements at Pocono Health System

Kathleen E. Kuck, RN, has served as president and CEO of Pocono Health System in East Stroudsburg, Pa., since January 2008. Ms. Kuck also serves as president and CEO of Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg.

KuckMs. Kuck started her healthcare career as a nurse and has more than 30 years of clinical and administrative experience in acute and long-term care facilities. She joined PHS in 2006.

During her time at PHS, Ms. Kuck has led the advancement of services at the system, including an electrophysiology lab, a level III neonatal intensive care unit and a level III trauma centers, among others. Ms. Kuck also oversaw the construction of a new 59,000 square foot cancer center, the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center, which opened in June 2012.

The improvements and additions made during Ms. Kuck's tenure have not gone unnoticed — Becker's Hospital Review named Pocono Medical Center on its list of 100 Great Hospitals in America in 2013. "Our team has clearly continued to demonstrate its commitment to providing high-quality care, treatment and services," she said in a news release of the recognition. PMC has also received The Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer and the Nursing Department National Recognition from VHA under leadership from Ms. Kuck, among other recognitions.

Ms. Kuck is involved in the local community and serves as a director on the boards of VHA, Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, the American Red Cross of the Poconos and Pocono Health Foundation. She is also board chair of the Monroe County Youth Employment Service and secretary to the Monroe County Family Health Center board and the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce board, just to name a few of her activities outside of leading PHS.

Ms. Kuck earned a master's degree from Columbia University in New York City.

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