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Former Chief Nurse Named University Chief Operating Officer October 1, 2010

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Former Chief Nurse Named University Chief Operating Officer

AUGUSTA, GA. – (Sept. 27, 2010) – Marilyn Bowcutt has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of University Health Care System.

Ms. Bowcutt has served as Vice President of Patient Care Services at University Hospital since 1986. In that role she provided leadership in the development and strategic direction of Women and Children’s Services; the development of the Heart & Vascular Institute; the design and implementation of Shared Governance for the nursing staff; and the establishment of an interagency Community Care Network for case management of the Augusta area’s geriatric population. As University’s chief nursing officer, she led the hospital toward its designation as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest professional honor for nurses.

“Marilyn has shown tremendous leadership during her 25 years with University,” said James Davis, University President and Chief Executive Officer. “She has the experience and the vision to help us meet the coming challenges in the changing world of health care.”

Her new role will include supervision of all clinical areas at University Hospital, including the Heart & Vascular Institute, as well as oversight of Kentwood and Westwood nursing facilities and the Brandon Wilde retirement community, Mr. Davis said.

Ms. Bowcutt is the Past President of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and has been a member of the group’s Executive Committee since 2002. She also served as a Board Member for the American Hospital Association from 2006-2008. She has served on numerous advisory boards including McKesson’s Nursing Advisory, The Joint Commission Nursing Advisory and the American Hospital Association’s Expert Panel on Integration. Ms. Bowcutt served two terms as president of the Georgia Organization of Nurse Executives from 1989-1991 and was recognized as the 2002 CRSA Nurse of the Year and Manager/Administrator in 2000. Ms. Bowcutt received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing at the University of Colorado in 1973 and her master’s degree in Nursing Administration at the University of Colorado Health Sciences in 1983.

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