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Virginia Mason Announces New Vice President of Nursing
SEATTLE — (March 22, 2019) — Dana Nelson-Peterson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, the associate chief nursing officer at Virginia Mason since 2015, has been promoted to vice president, Nursing.
She joined the organization as a staff nurse in 1987 and has built an impressive and diverse resume over the years. Among the many roles she has held include house supervisor, nursing manager, administrative director and associate chief nursing officer — a position she will continue to hold as vice president of Nursing. She has spent considerable time in both the hospital and clinic settings, and served as administrative director of the Virginia Mason Kaizen Promotion Office.
“Dana is a visionary who has a keen sense for balancing strategic decisions with financial discipline, enhancing growth and development of nursing practice and programs, and creating value with a focus on quality and safety, all while actively driving the organization's overall strategy,” said Charleen Tachibana, DNP, senior vice president, Quality and Safety, and chief nursing officer at Virginia Mason.
In addition to her work and leadership at Virginia Mason, Nelson-Peterson is an adjunct professor at the Seattle University School of Nursing and president of the Wesley Health & Home Care Board of Directors. She also serves on the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.
She received a doctorate degree in Nursing Practice in Health Systems Administration from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Washington.
About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.
Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.
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