Women in Business 2013: Jane Read, St. Joseph Health-Petaluma Valley Hospital

Jane Read, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Vice president of operations. St Joseph Health, Petaluma Valley Hospital, 400 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma 94954, 707-778-2605, stjosephhealth.org

Age: 57

Residence: Santa Rosa

Professional background: Registered nurse for 36 years; Former ICU RN, 30 years in a clinical leadership position for many years at Barnes Jewish in St. Louis,MO; Taught nursing for three years at Jewish Hospital School of Nursing; health care consultant for Ernst& Young; former chief nursing officer for seven years at St. Elizabeth in Belleville IL; moved here after serving as vice president for business development for Versant RN Residency, Inc. 

Education: Diploma in nursing Jewish Hospital School of Nursing; BS and MS in nursing administration, Saint Louis University.

 Tell us about yourself and your company: Moved to Sonoma County with my husband, Paul, and our five four-legged children to provide on-site administrative support at Petaluma Valley Hospital, operated and leased by St. Joseph Health and leadership of Pharmacy and Food and Nutrition for St. Joseph Heath,  Sonoma County.

Is there a major accomplishment in the past year or so that you would like to share?: Successful implementation of Meditech Electronic Medical Record, computerized physician order entry of 95 percent and meeting Meaningful use Phase 1.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: Being an involved aunt to my 19 nieces and nephews.  Professionally implementing an evidenced RN residency program for new graduates and changing the nursing culture in that organization.

What is your biggest challenge today?: Managing a hospital the size of Petaluma Valley with the economic challenges we face today without tax support.

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