Two California nurse leaders have been named by Modern Healthcare Magazine among its Top 25 Women in Healthcare. They are Linda Burnes Bolton, RN, DrPH, FAAN, vice president and CNO of Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, and Deborah Proctor, RN, BSN, MSN, president and CEO of St. Joseph Health System in Orange, Calif.
The biennial honor recognizes women who are making positive differences in the industry by providing leadership and mentorship. They are selected from a pool of more than 300 healthcare professionals from across the nation.
Linda Burnes Bolton is an excellent choice for this honor, said Dorel Harms, RN, MS, FACHE, senior vice president of clinical services for the California Hospital Association, who nominated Burnes Bolton for the recognition. Her dedication to her profession and the tireless energy with which she pursues all aspects of her professional life are beyond outstanding.Deborah Proctor, RN
Burnes Bolton most recently demonstrated her ability to effect change on a national level through her role as vice chairwoman of the Initiative on the Future of Nursing, a joint effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Institute of Medicine. The initiative, led by Donna Shalala, PhD, president of the University of Miami, was a two-year effort to: identify solutions to the challenges faced by the nursing profession; to improve the quality of healthcare in the U.S.; and to transform how it is delivered.
Proctor leads a nine-hospital system with facilities in California, Texas and New Mexico. She took the helm at St. Joseph in 2006, and since then has focused on enacting a three-prong agenda that promotes a patient-centric focus of care, respect for others and healthy communities.
This is an honor to be recognized among such talented and gifted women whom I greatly admire and respect, Proctor said. Ive had the privilege to work in healthcare my entire career, and I am grateful and humbled to be mentioned in the same breath with these incredible leaders who dedicate themselves every day to the care and service of others.
Read the full list at www.modernhealthcare.com.