|New "Top Nurse" at Washington Hospital Center
June 17, 2008
Washington Hospital Center did not have far to search when it came to finding a new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). Elizabeth Wykpisz, RN, MS, MBA, CNAA, C, CHE, had the clinical and administrative credentials, the leadership experience and the commitment to create an exciting and fulfilling nurse experience at the hospital.
And she’s on the hospital’s executive team.
Ms. Wykpisz joined Washington Hospital Center in December 2004 as the executive director of the Washington Heart and Vascular Services program. Since then she has held a progression of executive management positions including vice president of the Washington Heart and Vascular Services program and interim CNO since February of this year.. In her four years at the hospital, she restructured the Washington Heart program to strengthen its cardiovascular services capabilities and coordinated the Hospital Center’s participation in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s groundbreaking study of disparities in cardiac care among minorities.
In her prior roles, Ms. Wykpisz was vice president of Cardiovascular/Critical Care Services at Christiana Care Health Services in Newark, Del., from July 2000 to December 2004. She also worked at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital from 1986 to 2000 where she pursued a progressive leadership track that included positions as nurse manager/director to the assistant vice president of Cardiovascular Services.
Ms. Wykpisz received her undergraduate nursing degree from Seton Hall University and graduate degrees in business and nursing from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She holds certifications in medical-surgical nursing, nursing administration, advanced and in executive health care. Ms. Wykpisz has extensive clinical experience in the care of cardiovascular patients across the continuum ranging from outpatient services (heart failure/heart transplant), to inpatient services, rehabilitation and home care. She has authored numerous articles and presented nationally on such topics as patient safety, performance improvement initiatives and clinical management.
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