Patricia A. Winston, RN MS Named Chief Nurse Officer at The Brooklyn Hospital Center

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Patricia A. Winston, RN MS Named Chief Nurse Officer at The Brooklyn Hospital Center

February 11, 2010

BROOKLYN, NY -- Patricia A. Winston, R.N., M.S. has been named Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) at The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) in an announcement by Richard B. Becker, M.D., the hospital’s President and CEO.

“If there is such a thing as a born nurse, then Ms. Winston fits that description,” says Dr. Becker.  “Along with her extraordinary background, Ms. Winston brings TBHC extensive experience and expertise in management, oversight and strategic development of quality patient care. We are delighted to have her in this key role.”
In her new position, Ms. Winston will manage TBHC’s nursing staff of nearly 600, focusing on quality of care and patient satisfaction.

Prior to joining TBHC, Ms. Winston spent the past three years as CNO for Universal Health Services, Inc. in King of Prussia, PA and at The George Washington University Hospital, where she served as a member of senior leadership.

Before that, Ms. Winston spent eight years at Catholic Health East (CHE), a 10-state, not-for-profit, multi-hospital system based in Newtown Square, PA. There, she served as Vice President, Patient Services/CNO for St. Francis Healthcare Services, where she managed patient care services throughout the regional healthcare center and became CHE’s first Magnet Fellow.  Among her many accomplishments there, Ms. Winston decreased nurse vacancy from 26  percent to seven percent, improved nurse patient ratios, developed and implemented performance improvements and indicators, and improved employee morale and patient satisfaction.

The daughter of a nurse, Ms. Winston began as a food server and nursing assistant during high school.  She began her career at Christiana Care Health Services, an 1100-bed tertiary care system in Christiana, DE.  Over 14 years, she held many positions including clinical nurse, and rose through the ranks to become Clinical Director of Medical, Surgical and Rehabilitation Nursing, Director of Patient Care Services, and, finally, and Vice President of Patient Services/Associate Administrator.

Ms. Winston graduated from Nursing School of Wilmington, DE with a RN diploma.  She holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Professional Arts and Nursing; a Master’s of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration from West Chester University in West Chester, PA; and served as a Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Winston is Board Certified in Nursing Administration (NEA-BC) and a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE).

The Brooklyn Hospital Center:

Founded as the borough’s first voluntary hospital, The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) has been keeping Brooklyn healthy since 1845.  Today, it is a 464-bed teaching hospital, offering primary and specialized medical care, sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic services, cutting-edge technology, and specialized surgery to nearly 300,000 patients annually.  Located in the heart of Brooklyn’s downtown revitalization district, TBHC is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and the Brooklyn academic and clinical affiliate of Weill Medical College of Cornell University.  TBHC has fully accredited, independent residency programs in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Family Practice, General Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and trains more than 250 physicians each year.

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