Mary Shehan, DNP, RN, has been named CNO at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She will lead Weiss’ shared leadership model and professional nursing practice efforts in addition to overseeing the delivery of nursing and patient care, according to a news release.
Shehan started in the CNO role at Weiss July 20.
“We are delighted to have Mary part of our leadership team,” Anthony J. Tedeschi, MD, CEO at Weiss, said in the release. “She has a depth of experience that will only strengthen our patient care and nursing program.”
Shehan brings more than 20 years of senior leadership experience in nursing. most recently working at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago as senior vice president and chief nursing executive. At Swedish, she led the hospital to Magnet designation, fostered a nursing shared governance program, established a service line leadership accountability process, and was integral in helping the hospital achieve Stroke Center and Pain Center accreditation. She also served as nursing home administrator for the hospital’s extended care facility. Prior to Swedish Covenant Hospital, Shehan held clinical and leadership roles at Holy Family Hospital in Des Plaines, Ill., and clinical and nursing teaching positions at Triton Community College in River Grove, Ill. and Chicago Catholic hospitals.
Shehan holds a DNP from Rush University, an MSN from Loyola University and a BSN from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a certified nursing executive with the American Nurse Credentialing Center and a Fellow of the Advisory Board Company. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Illinois Nurses’ Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Kappa Nu Chapter.
Shehan will continue in her role as an associate professor to the adjunct faculties at Rush University College of Nursing as well as North Park University College of Nursing. She was recently appointed to a position as a commissioner for the North River Expanded Mental Health Services Program.
“I’m excited to be part of a hospital that’s connected regionally and nationally, as well as committed to a Lean Daily Management quality improvement initiative,” Shehan said in the release. “My passion always has been with the bedside caregiver, so my priority in this position is for Weiss to continue to provide outstanding patient care, as well as an environment in which staff can grow and develop.”