Karen Anderson, MSN, MBA, RN, has been named chief nurse executive for Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. Anderson will be responsible for implementing initiatives to maintain high-quality, patient-centered care across Loyolas inpatient and outpatient facilities, according to a news release.
Anderson previously served as vice president of perioperative and procedural services and as interim CNE at Loyola, where she worked with nursing leadership to implement hourly rounding practices across the organization. Anderson also helped to develop a leadership model where nurses and physicians work together to drive process and performance improvement, according to the release.
Anderson replaces Paula Hindle, MSN, MBA, RN, who was named vice president of nursing strategy and practice for LUHS. Anderson will work closely with Hindle to develop strategic plans for the advancement of nursing in collaboration with Loyolas parent organization, CHE Trinity Health, and with Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and other key partners.
Karen brings valuable hospital administration, nursing leadership and patient care experience that will be integral to this role, Hindle said in the release. Her experience makes her an ideal fit to drive nursing care as it becomes increasingly important in our changing healthcare environment.
Before coming to Loyola, Anderson worked at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago in roles that included associate CNE, director of operations and director of surgical services. She also worked in nursing and leadership positions at University of Illinois at Chicago and the former Children’s Memorial Hospital.
Anderson earned her bachelors degree from Mundelein College in Chicago. She completed her MSN from Aurora (Ill.) University and her master of business administration from North Park University in Chicago.
She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association of Operating Room Nurses, the American Organization of Nurse Executives and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, according to the release.