March 31, 2011

Ford to lead inpatient nursing at Children’s Hospital

Ford to lead inpatient nursing at Children’s Hospital

Connie Ford, R.N., B.S.N., MHA, has been named administrative director of Inpatient Nursing for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Ford will lead nursing in the inpatient areas of Children's Hospital, and will oversee clinical quality, service standards, staffing, developing and meeting financial targets and staff and patient satisfaction.

Connie Ford, R.N., B.S.N., MHA

Connie Ford, R.N., B.S.N., MHA

“I am thrilled that Connie has accepted this leadership position. Her passion for children, families and the staff we serve as well as her clinical and leadership expertise will serve her well in this new role,” said Susan Hernandez, R.N., MBA, associate hospital director of nursing for Children's Hospital.

“The inpatient nursing teams are already amazing. Connie will be able to take them further forward to a new level of success.”

Previously, Ford served as director of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Integrated Service Line and manager of the sixth floor inpatient units, including the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Hematology/Oncology, Cardiac and Pediatric Medicine.

She also has served in other various capacities over the years since she joined Children's Hospital in 1979. Among those other roles, she has been manager of Patient Care Services as well as a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse/case manager.

“I think this is a very exciting time for Children's Hospital and I hope to foster an environment where staff are engaged and motivated to discover innovative ways to provide care for the children we serve,” said Ford.

“With our commitment to family-centered care, there are no limits to what we can accomplish and I am thankful for this opportunity.”

Ford earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Excelsior College in New York. She has a Master of Health Administration from the University of Phoenix.