June 10, 2024

With backgrounds as physicians and nurses, the members of Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives class of 2024 bring years of experience to their leadership roles. They use their critical insight and expertise to serve the needs of patients and support care team colleagues on the front lines. They also help shape short- and long-term strategies to promote the health and well-being of their communities.

Betty Jo Rocchio

Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Mercy

Rocchio, in her current role since 2020, recently led implementation of a new artificial intelligence-enabled staffing management system designed to meet three goals at St. Louis-based Mercy: improve workforce efficiency, attract and retain high-quality nurses and decrease unnecessary labor costs. Through use of the technology, the health system in 2023 reduced its reliance on travel nurses, saving $30.7 million. Staff turnover and time spent on scheduling and other tasks also decreased. Under Rocchio's leadership, Mercy last year also created its first nursing innovation unit.

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