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Jean Barrett Blake named UH chief nursing officer at University Hospitals

University Hospitals, Cleveland, has appointed Jean Barrett Blake as its chief nursing officer, the health system announced on Tuesday, March 8.

She will begin her role April 4 as the executive overseeing all nursing in the UH system.

Blake, who has more than three decades of experience in nursing leadership, will be responsible for managing nursing practice, education, professional development, research, administration and clinical services, according to a news release.

She joins UH from Chicago-based Presence Health, where she served as system vice president since 2012 and interim chief nursing executive. Before that, she worked in various clinical operations, patient care services and patient leadership roles for nine years at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

"Jean will advance our reputation for the highest-quality patient care into the future," said Dr. Jeffrey H. Peters, chief operating officer of UH, in a statement. "She will provide the vision and direction for further integration of patient care services and alignment with UH's strategic goals and objectives."

Blake received her bachelor of science in nursing at St. Xavier University in Chicago and master of jurisprudence degree at Loyola School of Law in Chicago.

She also has led an independent consulting firm for healthcare management issues, process redesign, revenue enhancement and care coordination, according to the release.

At UH, Blake will collaborate with health system leaders across to find ways to improve patient care experience.

“Our patients benefit every day from the talents and dedication of nurses across our system,” Peters said. “We look forward to working with Jean and the entire nursing team to further the patient-centered care for which UH is highly regarded.”

"Jean Barrett Blake named UH chief nursing officer" originally appeared in Crain's Cleveland Business.


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