Newark Beth Israel Medical Center has appointed two leaders to chief executive positions within the organization. Amy Doran, BA, BS, MS, APN-c has been appointed chief operating officer, she is the first woman to hold this role at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Denise Shepherd, MA, RN has been appointed the hospital’s new chief nursing officer.
Doran comes to the role with more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare executive and healthcare provider. She joined Newark Beth Israel in 1989 as a student nurse, was named AVP of Emergency Services in 2003, AVP of Patient Care Services in 2009, and chief nursing officer in 2017.
“Ms. Doran has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our mission of delivering world class care and an excellent experience to our patients and visitors. Her proven record of developing strong, collaborative relationships coupled with her clinical and operational leadership expertise are invaluable assets to our organization,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, FHELA, president and chief executive officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. “It is also always a privilege to make groundbreaking appointments that support diversity, equity and inclusion at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.”
“I am proud of what we have accomplished to improve health outcomes for our patients and the communities that we serve. We are delivering world class care close to home and investing in the people of Newark. I am excited to have this opportunity to build on that success,” said Doran.
During her tenure at Newark Beth Israel, Doran shared responsibility for integrating the organization’s strategic plan, while providing oversight for the delivery of high quality, safe, cost-effective and compassionate care. She managed all nursing-related operations and led numerous quality, safety, and key service line projects.
Shepherd has been a member of the RWJBarnabas Health system for more than 30 years. She joined Saint Barnabas Medical Center in 1984 as a cardiac step-down nurse and quickly moved into nursing leadership, holding several administrative positions including nurse manager, director of nursing finance, director of nursing administration, and nurse rxecutive/VP of Patient Care Services (chief nursing officer) at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. She joined Newark Beth Israel in 2015 as director of quality was named chief quality officer in 2019.
“Ms. Shepherd is a relentless advocate for patient safety and quality. Under her leadership, we developed an award-winning safety culture at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, and I am confident that her nursing background coupled with her quality and safety expertise will propel her to even greater success in her new role,” said Terry.
“Nurses are the backbone of any hospital, and I have had the privilege of working with an incredible nursing team at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. I look forward to continued success, with a team of approximately 1,000 nurses, as we expand our delivery of evidence-based care and create more professional development and engagement opportunities for our nursing professionals,” said Shepherd.
Doran earned a Master of Science, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University and is a board-certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She is currently a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Organization of Nurse Leaders.
Shepherd received her BSN from Vanderbilt University and her master’s degree from New York University.
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