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Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing names director of health systems program

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Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in Maywood, Ill., has named MaryMargaret Sharp-Pucci, RN, EdD, MPH, director of the Health Systems Management Program, effective with the 2013 academic year. The program prepares undergraduate and graduate students for a career in nursing management.

Sharp-Pucci previously served as an assistant professor in the Health Systems Management Program. Her teaching has included courses in comparative effectiveness research, outcomes performance methodology, healthcare leadership and policy, healthcare in America and health systems management. Sharp-Pucci also is a mentor for graduate and undergraduate students and serves as an adviser for the graduate comprehensive examination.

“Dr. Sharp-Pucci has been instrumental in building Loyola’s Health Systems Management Program,” Vicki Keough, RN, PhD, APRN-BC, ACNP, FAAN, dean of the school, said in a news release. “Her background as an academician combined with her extensive experience in the healthcare industry make her ideally suited to lead this program.”

Sharp-Pucci also is founder and managing member of Sharp Health Strategies, which provides consulting services to academic medical centers, health plans, government agencies and hospital networks. Her work focuses on healthcare quality-improvement initiatives and the planning and execution of health policies. Sharp-Pucci also is an advocate for improving healthcare for people with disabilities.

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