Bonnie Kass, RN, chief nursing executive and vice president of patient care services at Huntington Memorial Hospital, has been promoted to senior vice president – hospital operations, Hospital CEO Steve Ralph announced today.
In her new role Kass will oversee the day-to-day operations of the 625-bed hospital, working with departmental leaders to ensure quality patient care, an enhanced patient experience, and sound financial stewardship of the institution. She will also be responsible for ensuring that the hospital remains in daily compliance with all federal and state regulations and standards. And given her career-long concern for nursing, Kass will work directly with a new chief nursing executive to develop strategies that maintain Huntington Hospital’s high nursing standards and heritage.
“Bonnie has been instrumental not only in the development of our outstanding nursing program but in making Huntington a world-class hospital when it comes to patient care and clinical excellence,” said Ralph.“The community and the hospital will benefit greatly from her expanded role and the passion she brings to her work every day.” Kass joined Huntington Hospital in 1995 and assumed the role of chief nursing executive in 1999. Under her leadership Huntington Hospital in 2011 became one of only 6 percent of hospitals in the nation to achieve Magnet recognition – the “gold standard” for nursing, which recognizes outstanding patient care, overall nursing excellence and innovation in nursing practice. Last year the hospital announced the creation of an Institute for Nursing Excellence and Innovation designed to further enhance training and preparation of Huntington Hospital’s nursing workforce.
Immediately prior to joining Huntington Hospital, Kass served as an area director of critical-care services and emergency/trauma services for John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. She possesses a Nurse Executive Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and is a member of both the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the California Organization of Nurse Executives. Kass holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix as well as bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in nursing sciences.