Nursing Executive to Develop and Lead Nursing Leadership Program at Western Connecticut Health Network

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Moreen Donahue, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, WCHN Chief Nursing Officer Transitioning to New Leadership Role

Moreen Donahue, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

"Moreen’s new role is a great example of Western Connecticut Health Network’s commitment to excellence through a continuous focus on learning, innovation and improvement," said John M. Murphy, M.D., President and CEO of the Network.

Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) announces today that Moreen Donahue, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN who was named The Beatrice Hofstadter White Endowed Chair for Nursing Education and Research in September 2014, is transitioning from her current role as System Chief Nursing Officer to lead the development of Western Connecticut Health Network’s Nurse Leadership program. In this newly created role, Donahue will be responsible for the identification and implementation of leading edge and innovative nursing education standards and practices to ensure that our Network nursing and patient care services are benchmarked to “best in industry”.

Additionally, Dr. Donahue is pursuing an Interprofessional Fellowship in Innovative Health Leadership offered by Arizona State University and the American Organization of Nurse Executives in partnership with Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation. This unique one-year program helps health professionals with executive leadership responsibilities drive innovation in their organization. As part of the experience, she is participating in a series of immersion sessions across the country at Arizona State University, The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (Boston), Cincinnati Children's Medical Center and Kaiser-Permanente Innovation Consultancy (Oakland). Her learnings will help shape the creation of our Nurse Leadership program and strengthen our organization’s ability to innovate.

“Moreen’s new role is a great example of our Network’s commitment to excellence through a continuous focus on learning, innovation and improvement. We know she will continue to raise the level of opportunities and expertise for nurses as important members of our care management team,” said John M. Murphy, President and CEO of the Network. “Ultimately, her work will help ensure that our nurses have the high levels of expertise required to deliver superior patient care.”

Dr. Donahue will continue to serve as Chief Nursing Officer while the WCHN conducts a national search for her replacement.

“I am very proud of our nursing team and the way they embrace not only their daily activity, but also professional educational and personal growth opportunities that enhance patient care. I am very excited by this new role allowing me to focus on the growth and development of our nurses, nursing education and research leading to new innovations for our patients and organization.” Donahue shared.

About Western Connecticut Health Network
Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization, which is now anchored by three nationally, recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the three hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes Western Connecticut Medical Group, an integrated physician practice offering primary and subspecialty care across the region, Western Connecticut Home Care, an agency for home health care services, the nationally renowned Western Connecticut Health Network Biomedical Research Institute, the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, the Norwalk Hospital Foundation, and other affiliates. For more information, visit TheNewWCHN.org. Share your comments with us at Facebook.com/DanburyHospital; Facebook.com/NewMilfordHospital and/or Facebook.com/NorwalkHospital.

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