.BOSTON--Dianne J. Anderson, M.S., R.N., a national nursing leader, has been named vice president of patient care services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. As the chief nursing officer, Anderson oversees 1,200 nurses and patient care providers and several patient care departments, including nursing, nutrition services, physical therapy, rehabilitation services and social work.
"Beth Israel Deaconess has a rich tradition of superb nursing and patient care services, and I feel fortunate to be a member of this team of dedicated professionals," says Anderson. "Clearly, there are several significant challenges that are taxing our country's health care system and the nursing profession. Beth Israel Deaconess is not immune to these challenges, but I am confident that our commitment to the basics of patient-centered, high quality care will allow us to continue to create an environment that is equally attractive to our patients and caregivers."
Anderson comes to Beth Israel Deaconess from Glens Falls Hospital in Glen Falls, NY, where she was vice president of operations of the 410-bed regional medical center. In this position she provided leadership and direction for all clinical services, including nursing, pharmacy, case management, pastoral care, rehabilitation, infection control, nutrition, laboratory, radiology, and quality and risk management. She also was involved in planning the strategic direction for the medical center.
She also has held leadership roles with Health Care International Medical Centre in Clydebank, Scotland, where she was director of patient services, and Children's Hospital, Boston, where she was director and nurse manager of the neuroscience program. Prior to that, Anderson held nursing positions at New England Medical Center.
"Dianne is an innovative leader who is passionate about patient care and understands the many roles nurses are asked to play," says Sharon O'Keefe, Beth Israel Deaconess executive vice president and chief operating officer. "She truly exemplifies our commitment to patient care at Beth Israel Deaconess, and we're thrilled to have someone with her experience and national leadership join our team."
For the past five months Anderson has served as president of American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). AONE, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association, is a national organization of nearly 4,000 nurses who design, facilitate, and manage care. In this position, Anderson has been actively educating national officials and testifying before the U.S. Congress about national nursing issues, including labor shortages and workplace environment. Her one-year term ends December 31, 2001.
Anderson earned both a master's degree in nursing administration and a bachelor's degree from Boston University's School of Nursing. She is a resident of Boston.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a major patient care, research and teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of CareGroup Healthcare System. Beth Israel Deaconess is the third largest recipient of National Institutes of Health research funding among independent U.S. teaching hospitals.