Kim Landers, RN, MS, NEA-BC, was named the new vice president of patient care services and CNE at Morris (Ill.) Hospital & Healthcare Centers after the retirement of Carol Havel, RN, in January.
Landers joined Morris Hospital in 2011 as assistant vice president of patient care services. The temporary position was created as part of the organizations succession plan in preparation for Havels retirement.
In her new role as vice president, Landers is responsible for more than 400 employees in the patient care division at Morris Hospital, including med/surg nursing, family birthing suites, emergency and trauma services, surgery, ambulatory care, post anesthesia care, GI lab, critical care, cardiovascular services, education, respiratory care, nursing administration, hospitalist program, quality, case management and social service. During her time with Morris Hospital, she has played an instrumental role in launching computerized physician order entry, outlining quality measures improvement, advancing the clinical documentation compliance program and leading a redesign of the case management model, according to a news release.
Landers came to Morris Hospital with more than 20 years experience in hospital nursing, including 17 years in management and senior leadership positions.
Early in her career, she was a staff nurse. She worked at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, Ill., in management roles and was CNO at Presence St. Marys Hospital in Kankakee for more than 10 years.
A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Nursing in Iowa City, Landers received a master of science in nursing administration from DePaul University in Chicago. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a nursing executive, advanced.
Landers serves on the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders Board of Directors and trained through the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management for Healthcare Executives Program in 2006.
As a staff nurse, Landers said in the release, her interests were medical, surgical, pediatric and oncology nursing. She still maintains her med/surg nurse certification.
“Today, nursing administration and the management of patient care operations are my nursing specialty, and thats what I love to do,” she said in the release.