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West Hills Hospital Announces Stephanie Mearns as Chief Nursing Officer

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August 14, 2013

Stephanie Mearns, MN, RN has accepted the position as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for West Hills Hospital & Medical Center effective September 1, 2013.

Stephanie has been serving as the Interim CNO at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center since June 24, 2013. Since her arrival she has focused on meeting with the Medical Staff Leadership to hear their priorities for care. She has also spent time rounding on the patient care units to meet with the hospital staff , to familiarize herself with the skill and tenure of the staff, as well as to hear their priorities/concerns. Stephanie has also enjoyed the opportunity to visit with some of our patients and to hear what draws them to West Hills Hospital and Medical Center for their care. In that short time she has begun to address issues around CORE Measures, Patient Satisfaction / HCAHPS and Employee Engagement.

Stephanie has more than 30 years of nursing leadership experience. Her most recent role as Vice President of Patient Care Services / Chief Nurse Executive at Seton Medical Center in Daly City included the oversight of acute, skilled and sub-acute nursing care, as well as several ancillary services. During her tenure she addressed issues around driving safe patient outcomes via nursing competency. She recently presented the outcomes of the competency work at Sigma Theta Tau International in Prague, Czech Republic.

Stephanie holds a Master in Nursing Administration from UCLA School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Colorado and is a Johnson & Johnson Wharton School of Business Fellow. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), a Past President for the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) where she remains actively involved in life-long learning for Nurse Leaders. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member for Catalyst and Nurse.Com.

About West Hills Hospital & Medical Center:
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service acute care facility located in West Hills, CA, in the Western San Fernando Valley. The 225-bed facility recently completed an $80-million expansion that includes a new Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Outpatient Services Unit, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, and The Grossman Burn Center. HealthGrades (a leading independent health care rating company) announced that West Hills Hospital has received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for 2011 & 2012, the Clinical Excellence Award for Critical Care for 2012. West Hills Hospital is also among the Top 100 Hospitals nationwide for Gastrointestinal and General Surgery. West Hills Hospital was the first Accredited Chest Pain Center in Los Angeles County, and also recently received a Certificate of Distinction as a Primary Stroke Center from the Joint Commission. For more information: www.WestHillsHospital.com

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