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University Names New Vice President of Patient Care Services January 25, 2011

University Welcomes New Vice President
of Patient Care Services

(AUGUSTA, GA. Jan. 25, 2011) Moses Cone Chief Nurse Joan Wessman, RN, MS, CENP, will join University Health Care System on Jan. 31 as Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer.

Ms. Wessman fills the position of Marilyn Bowcutt, who advanced into the role of Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer.

Ms. Wessman has dedicated her career to nursing. She started as a staff nurse, and began early in her career to move into supervisory positions with the vision of improving the continuum of care for patients, their families and the nurses who care for them.

She has been with the Greensboro, N.C., Moses Cone Health System since 2003 where she was Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. Among her many achievements there, she helped all five hospitals in the system achieve Magnet status simultaneously.

She revitalized and strengthened relationships with local schools and colleges of nursing; implemented a program to minimize staff injuries and developed programs to support graduate nurses into practice and staff nurses into leadership roles.

Prior to her leadership at Moses Cone, she was Senior Vice President at the Akron General Health System and Akron General Medical Center for 15 years. Prior to that, she rose through the ranks of multiple Ohio hospitals from staff and charge nursing positions, to director.

She received her nursing diploma from the Cleveland, Ohio, Fairview General Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and her Master’s degree in Nursing from The Ohio State University. She also has completed extensive coursework in management, healthcare leadership and finance.

She has numerous professional affiliations related to nursing and management, and has been recognized with many honors, including the 2010 American Organization of Nurse Executives Mentor Award.

James Davis, University President/Chief Executive Officer, expressed delight in bringing Ms. Wessman aboard.

“You will not find anyone with a better knowledge and understanding of nursing from the perspective of the nurse and the patient,” Mr. Davis said. “She is a thinker, an encourager and an innovator, and someone who can help ensure University is equipped to care for patients and our nurses into the future.”

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