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Bayhealth Medical Center - Chief Nursing Officer

Dover, DE

Job Description

Witt/Kieffer has been engaged to assist Bayhealth in the recruitment of their next Senior Vice President (SVP)/ Chief Nursing Executive (CNE). The current CNE will be retiring after an accomplished 10+ year career that includes leading Bayhealth to its first Magnet designation.  The SVP/CNE is a critical member of the executive leadership team at Bayhealth and will oversee nursing at a system level.  The SVP/CNE will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer.  The system takes pride in its exceptional patient care and recent Magnet designation, and is looking for the ideal candidate to continue the great nursing tradition at Bayhealth.

Bayhealth ( ) is a highly regarded, Magnet designated, independent, two hospital system in the beautiful region of Central Delaware.  Kent General Hospital is the flagship of the system and offers a comprehensive array of services to the residents of Dover, Delaware, including cardiac surgery and diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations; EP; endovascular surgery; da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System; neurosurgery; family-centered birth services and neonatal care; cancer care; orthopedic and rehabilitation services; advanced digital imaging; inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical care; intensive, intermediate and coronary care, and a 24-hour emergency department that treats over 58,000 patients a year.  Milford Memorial Hospital is also a highly regarded medical center.  Located in Milford, Delaware, MMH has been providing quality healthcare since 1938.  Bayhealth is financially strong with a healthy 5%-8% annual operating margin and annual revenue of $560 Million.

Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Executive is a key senior leader and member of the Executive Leadership Team.   The CNE is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all aspects of nursing operations system wide.  The SVP/CNE directly oversees the organization of coordinators, administration and operational planning for the following areas: Nursing, Pharmacy, Emergency, CRNA’s and Staff Development Departments.  The SVP/CNE will be a visionary leader that brings clinical solutions to the new value-based delivery of care and exhibit a demonstrated ability to drive results, champion innovation and stimulate new thinking. 

Previous experience as a Chief Nurse Executive is strongly preferred; however, candidates with senior level nursing leadership experience will be considered.  Experience in a Magnet environment is strongly preferred.  Evidence of progressive experience in nursing leadership, including at least seven years experience in nursing administration in an acute care setting is required.  A Bachelor’s degree in nursing or a related field and a Master’s degree in nursing or a related field is required.  One of the degrees must be in Nursing.  Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of Delaware or eligible to receive such a license.

Dover, Delaware is a unique small town blend of beach and farmland.  Located along the Atlantic coast, Dover is conveniently within a few hours of the major metropolitan areas of New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Baltimore.  The low cost of living, four distinct seasons and abundance of outdoor activities makes Dover a truly desirable area to live.

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