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.

Words that best describe you: Energetic, passionate about life, family, work and friends. Hard working and committed to my own health and health of others. Servant leader.

As a successful female professional, what were the biggest obstacles you faced and how did you overcome them?: Learning how to respond vs react and how to ask better questions, and to speak the truth in love.

How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?: Health care is undergoing transformation and moving from the acute-care setting to a focus on prevention and disease state management. We have spent most of our resources in our country on disease treatment. Our workforce, systems  and reimbursement methods are set up to treat versus prevent illness. This is a step in the right direction and means transformational changes for our current health care systems. Strong leadership that understand the importance of partnerships will be keys to successful healthcare organizations.

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What advice would you give to a young woman entering your profession or the work world today? To thine own self be true, be willing to live in the question and to say, “I do not know but will find out!"

Who was your most important mentor? And tell us a little bit about that person: The first was my maternal grandmother that made each of her 31 grandchildren feel like an only child. Then my mother who was a dynamic, faithful, service-oriented women who worked for years for social justice in her community and received an award for her efforts. Finally my first CNO that was a mentor and said, “Someday there will not be a place for all of the talented individuals in our organization.” That gave me the courage to leave after 25 years.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: Jay Martin, president of National Safety Associates and CEO of Southwest Airline, both identified a narrow product line or service and are the best of this industry and understand that helping your employees get what they want always you to accomplish what you want.

Current reading: Lean In by Sheryl Sanberg

Most want to meet: Bill and Melinda Gates as well as Carly Fiona

Stress relievers: Yoga, exercise, golf, gardening, walking the dogs

Favorite hobbies: Golf, gardening, cooking