Meet the chief nursing officers at US News' 2023-2024 honor roll hospitals

Twenty-two hospitals were named to U.S. News & World Report 2023-24 Best Regional Hospitals Honor Roll Aug. 1. 

The annual ranking includes hospitals in states and major metropolitan areas, based on performance in the adult specialty rankings analysis and by its scores across each of the 21 procedure and condition areas, the publication said. 

Below Becker's features the chief nursing officers of the 22 hospitals named to the U.S. News' 2023-24 Best Hospitals Honor Roll.

Yvonne Smith, MSN, RN — Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis) 

Ms. Smith was appointed interim vice president and CNO in January. Previously, she served as the hospital's director of women and infant services and the interim director of behavioral health services. 

Madelyn Pearson, DNP, RN — Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston)

Dr. Pearson has served as senior vice president of patient care services and CNO since 2017. She is also the inaugural incumbent of the Beth V. Martignetti Distinguished Chair in Nursing at the Brigham.

Anita Girard, DNP, RN — Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles)

Dr. Girard was named CNO in 2021 and has served as the vice president of nursing at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center since 2020. She is the president of the American Nurses Association California.

Shannon Pengel, MSN, RN — Cleveland Clinic

Ms. Pengel became the CNO at Cleveland Clinic's main campus in October 2020. Prior to that she served as the clinical nursing director of the hospital's heart and vascular institute. She joined the healthcare system in 1997 and was the associate chief nursing officer for 23 years.  

James Ballinghoff, DNP, RN — Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian (Philadelphia)

Dr. Ballinghoff has served as the CNO of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center since 2012. In November 2022, he was also appointed to the position of CNE of the entire healthcare system. 

Gail Vozella, DNP, RN — Houston Methodist Hospital

Dr. Vozzella has worked as CNE at Houston Methodist since May 2021.  

Deborah Baker, DNP, RN — Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore)

Dr. Baker is the vice president of nursing and patient care services at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and also serves as the senior vice president for nursing for the Johns Hopkins Health System. Since joining the healthcare system in 1992 as a nurse, she has held various leadership positions.

Debbie Burke, DNP, RN — Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston)

Dr. Burke has been the chief nurse and senior vice president for patient care since 2018. She has held a variety of administrative, teaching and clinical roles since joining the Mass General team and currently oversees a staff of more than 7,000 nurses, health professionals and support personnel. 

Ryannon Frederick, MSN — Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.)

Ms. Frederick joined Mayo Clinic as CNO in 2019. Since joining the healthcare system in 2000 as a nurse, she has assumed several leadership positions.

Fran Cartwright, PhD, RN — Mount Sinai Hospital (New York City)

Dr. Cartwright has been the CNO and senior vice president of the Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens since March 2016.  Prior to her current position, she served as Mount Sinai's vice president of oncology nursing and clinical quality since 2014.

Wilhelmina Manzano, RN — NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell (New York City)

Ms. Manzano is the group senior vice president and CNE, where she leads the department of nursing across the health system. She also serves as COO of perioperative services for NewYork-Presbyterian. 

Irene Macyk, PhD, RN — North Shore University Hospital at Northwell Health (Manhasset, N.Y.)

Dr. Macyk has been the hospital's associate executive director and CNE since 2020. Prior to assuming her current role, she held the same positions at Northwell's Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat, and Lenox Health Greenwich Village.

Kristin Ramsey, MSN, RN — Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago)

Ms. Ramsey is the senior vice president of quality and CNE. She has been a member of the hospital's leadership team since 2003, having held various roles including vice president of surgical services and director of orthopedics/neurology, cardiac care and case management at the hospital.

Debra Albert, DNP, RN — NYU Langone Hospitals (New York City)

Dr. Albert has served as CNO and senior vice president for patient care services since 2020. Additionally, she is the director of health promotion for the system's Lerner Health Promotions Program. 

Angelique Richard, PhD, RN — Rush University Medical Center (Chicago)

Dr. Richard joined Rush University Medical Center as CNO in October 2016. She assumed the same nurse leadership position for the entire Rush healthcare system in 2018. She also serves as senior vice president of hospital operations. 

Dale Beatty, DNP, RN — Stanford Health Care-Stanford (Calif.) Hospital

Dr. Beatty has served as the CNE of Stanford Health Care since 2017 and as the vice president of patient care services since January 2021. Prior to this position, he was the CNO and vice president for patient care services. In his position, he leads a team of close to 8,000 clinical nurses across the entire healthcare system.

Margarita Baggett, MSN, RN — UC San Diego Health-LaJolla and Hillcrest Hospitals

In her role as the chief clinical officer of UC San Diego Health, Ms. Baggett leads the nursing staff. She is also responsible for directing all nursing functions, care coordination, volunteer services, pharmacy, facilities and support services, as well as overseeing emergency medicine.

Karen Grimley, PhD, RN — UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles)

Dr. Grimley is the CNE at UCLA Health. She also serves as the assistant dean of the UCLA School of Nursing. She joined the healthcare system in 2015.

Pat Patton, MSN, RN — UCSF Health-UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco)

Mr. Patton is currently the CNE and CNO for adult services at UCSF Medical Center and the vice president of patient care services at UCSF Health. 

Nancy May, DNP, RN — University of Michigan Health-Ann Arbor

Dr. May assumed the role of CNE in 2019 after having served as interim CNE for nine months.  Prior to that, she was the CNO for ambulatory care at the University of Michigan Medical Group. She announced her retirement in June; the healthcare system is currently seeking her successor.

Susan Hernandez, DNP, RN  — UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)

Dr. Hernandez has served as CNE at UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2016, where she is responsible for a team of over 5,000 clinical care members. She joined the healthcare system as CNO of university hospitals in 2014.

Marilyn Dubree, MSN —  Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.)

Ms. Dubree is the executive chief nursing officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has served the healthcare system in nursing leadership positions for over 47 years. Ms. Dubree is also the associate dean for clinical practice at Vanderbilt University's School of Nursing,

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