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Stony Brook names nurse to new leadership position

Monday March 17, 2014
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Mary Ann Donohue, RN, PhD, APN, NEA-BC, has been named chief of patient care services for Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Hospital, effective April 1.

The position replaces the CNO, reflecting the move to provide nursing staff at the clinical unit level with enhanced oversight of operational functions that drive unit performance levels as well as patient and staff satisfaction, according to a news release. Donohue will work closely with Chief Medical Officer Joseph Laver, MD, on advancing a model of shared nursing and physician leadership.

“I was attracted to Stony Brook because I wanted the opportunity to bring my experience and drive for innovation to a major academic medical center and to work with an outstanding nursing and medical staff, in a growing hospital and clinical network, along with an nationally-accredited school of nursing,” she said in the release.

Donohue previously worked as vice president and CNE at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J., a Meridian Health facility.

“Recognizing the critical and expanding role of nursing to patient care and hospital operations, the search committee felt it was important that this individual be an advocate for the nursing staff and for their continued professional growth and support,” L. Reuven Pasternak, MD, CEO at the hospital and vice president for health systems, Stony Brook Medicine, said in the release.

Donohue started her career as a staff nurse at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.

During her 27 years with HackensackUMC, she worked to enhance the nursing practice, quality and safety, and patient satisfaction and led the Magnet teams, rising to the position of administrative director of nursing for professional practice and clinical affairs.

She later served as the assistant vice president for patient care services at Clara Maass Medical Center, Bellevue, N.J. Donohue then moved to Meridian, where she was vice president for clinical care services and vice president and CNE before moving to Jersey Shore. Donohue replaces interim CNO Margaret “Peg” Duffy, RN, MS, NEA-BC.


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