Beryl Institute Selects GetWellNetwork’s Karen Drenkard to Co-Chair Nurse Executive Council

GetWellNetwork®, Inc., the Precision Engagement™ health care company, announced today that its Chief Clinical and Nursing Officer, Karen Drenkard PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, has been selected co-chair of the Beryl Institute Nurse Executive Council (NEC).

Formally launched in late 2017, the NEC, comprised of innovative and visionary nurse executives from healthcare organizations across North America, will work collaboratively with the Beryl Institute to develop strategies for nurse leader engagement in the patient experience movement and will also inform the Institute’s efforts. The Council will host its first in-person meeting during The Beryl Institute Patient Experience Conference, to be held April 16-18 in Chicago.

“I am deeply honored to serve as co-chair alongside Dr. Victoria Niederhauser, Dean and Professor, Knoxville College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee,” said Drenkard. “The chief nurses that will serve on the Nurse Executive Council are outstanding nurse leaders and represent a diverse range of organizations and perspectives and we share a profound commitment to patient experience excellence.”

The former chief nurse of a large health system, Drenkard brings to the NEC her deep nursing executive experience, her research interest in human caring models, and her expertise in the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) program of the QSEN Institute, a national nursing collaborative based at Case Western Reserve University. In her role as Chief Clinical and Nursing Officer at GetWellNetwork, Drenkard leads the implementation of an interactive clinical care model designed to enhance the patient experience in every care setting through clinical best practices and technology solutions. Her nursing perspective adds a key element to GetWellNetwork’s Precision Engagement approach, benefiting patients, clinicians and health care administrators.

Before joining GetWellNetwork, Drenkard was executive director of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and former director of the Magnet Recognition Program®, the internationally recognized benchmark for nursing excellence.

Drenkard received a Ph.D. in nursing administration from George Mason University, a master of science in nursing from Marymount University, and a B.S. in nursing from Russell Sage College. She was a 2003 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow and a Wharton Nurse Executive Fellow. In addition to her ANCC certification as a Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC), she is also a Certified Healthcare Quality Professional (CPHQ).

GetWellNetwork clients on the NEC

The NEC’s members, who represent a diverse range of organizations and perspectives, exemplify a commitment to patient experience excellence and improvement in their organizations. Among them are these senior nurse executives from GetWellNetwork provider partners:

  • Cathleen Wheatley, DNP, RN, CENP, CNE & Sr. VP of Clinical Operations, Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Cheri Hunt, RN, BSN, MHA, NEA-BC, SVP of Patient Care Services / CNO, Children’s Mercy, Kansas City
  • Cheryl Hoying, PhD, Sr. VP Patient Services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Dale Beatty, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, VP PCS and CNO, Stanford Health Care
  • Debra Albert, MSN, MBA, RN NEA-BC, SVP, Patient Care Services, CNO, U Chicago Medicine
  • Janet Davis, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ, Sr. VP & CNO, Tampa General Hospital
  • Jerry Mansfield, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Executive CNO and Chief Patient Experience Officer, Medical University of South Carolina Health
  • Laura Wood, DNP, MS, RN, NEA-BC, SVP Patient Care Operations & CNO, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Linda Knodel, MHA, MSN, FACHE, FAAN, SVP/CNE, Kaiser Permanente Health System
  • Linda Talley, MS, RN, NE-BC, VP and CNO, Children’s National Health System
  • Mary Beth Kingston, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, EVP and CNO, Aurora Health Care
  • Maureen Swick, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, SVP, CNE, Carolinas HealthCare

Other members of the NEC include:

  • Anna Kiger, NP DSc MSN RN NEA-BC, System CNO, Sutter Health
  • Barbara Jacobs, MSN, NEA-BC, VP Nursing and CNO, Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Charleen Tachibana, DNP, RN, FAAN, SVP, Quality & Safety, CNO, Virginia Mason Health System
  • Charlotte Mather, MBA, RN, FACHE, CNO, Sheridan Memorial Hospital
  • Cheri Hunt, RN, BSN, MHA, NEA-BC, SVP of Patient Care Services / CNO, Children’s Mercy, Kansas City
  • Dr. Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, FAAN, CNO, THD
  • Jane Englebright, PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN, SVP& CNO, HCA Healthcare
  • Joyce Batcheller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, President/Adjunct Professor, JBatcheller Consulting, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing
  • Karen Grimley, PhD, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Executive and Assistant Dean School of Nursing UCLA
  • Kirsten Krull, RN, VP Quality and Performance & CNE, Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Nancy Shendell-Falik, RN, MA, President, Baystate Medical Center and SVP Hospital Operations, Baystate Health    
  • Rachel Armstrong, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, COL (Ret), Retired
  • Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Dean and Distinguished Professor, Indiana University School of Nursing
  • Rose Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Editor in Chief, Nurse Leader, Florida Atlantic University
  • Susan Grant, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, EVP and CNO, Beaumont Health