Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, a leader with 25 years of experience in clinical nursing and nursing administration, research and education, has joined the University of Maryland Medical Center as Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. She will oversee the Medical Center's 1,600-member nursing department and other patient care services, including physical, occupational and speech therapy, social work and clinical nutrition.
For the past eight years, Dr. Rowen had served as director of surgical nursing at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was responsible for one of the country's largest surgical care programs. Previously, she held senior leadership positions at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. She is also on the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and George Mason University.
"Dr. Rowen has an impressive history of advocating for nurses and the valuable roles they fulfill in all aspects of health care. She is a catalyst for advancing excellence in patient care and has focused her work in recent years on the role of teamwork in patient safety," says Jeffrey A. Rivest, President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center.
"We look forward to Dr. Rowen's vision for quality, interdisciplinary patient care as well as her passion for the role of nurses as an integral component of our mission at the University of Maryland Medical Center, adds Mr. Rivest.
Dr. Rowen began her career as a surgical nurse at the Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1982 to 1985, when she began to pursue a master's degree at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. After receiving her master's degree, she became a research associate in the University of Maryland School of Nursing and also was an instructor in biomedical ethics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. From 1989 to 1991, she also worked as a clinical nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
In 1991, she was appointed Director of Nursing at Mercy Medical Center. In 1992, she became Vice President of Patient Care Services at Mercy where she was promoted in 1997 to be Chief Nursing Officer, a position she held until 1999. She then returned to Hopkins to be in an academic hospital setting where she could pursue her interest in complex, multidisciplinary patient care.
"The University of Maryland Medical Center is a world-class institution with tremendous potential for growth, and I look forward to being part of that," says Dr. Rowen, who adds that her priorities are excellent patient care and safety combined with exemplary service and patient satisfaction. "We need to frame every patient encounter by asking ourselves what we would want if we were the patient and what we can do to surpass the patient’s expectations,” she says. Dr. Rowen also says staff satisfaction and safety are among her top goals.
She also plans to foster a closer relationship between the medical center and the University of Maryland School of Nursing to promote educational opportunities for nurses and embark on joint research projects.
Dr. Rowen has authored more than 30 publications in prestigious journals, including the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. She is editor-in-chief of Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care.
Dr. Rowen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Delaware, a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Science from the Johns Hopkins University.
She is an active and recognized speaker for many national health care organizations, including the Association of Operating Room Nurses, the American College of Surgeons and the International Patient Safety Symposium, which is part of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Center for Innovations in Quality Care. She is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Theta Tau, a national nursing honor society.
The University of Maryland Medical Center is a major teaching hospital in downtown Baltimore with 669 licensed beds, about 6,600 employees, 1,000 medical staff physicians and more than 35,000 annual patient admissions. The Medical Center includes University Hospital, the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center and the University of Maryland Hospital for Children. It serves as a regional referral center for the most serious and complicated health problems in adults and children, including cancer, trauma, heart disease, neurological conditions and organ transplants. The Medical Center is part of the eight-hospital University of Maryland Medical System.
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